Each year at WELCA, 2,200 Edmontonians of all ages discover the joys of equine sports or rekindle their love of horses, and over 600 Edmonton children develop the confidence and self-esteem needed to excel at school, succeed in life, and become leaders in the community. For over a decade, WELCA has made it easier for people with physical and mental health issues to access equine-assisted therapy in the heart of the city, increasing their quality of life and well-being.
Run mostly by volunteers, WELCA is dedicated to improving the lives of Edmontonians through equine-related activities. We plan to contribute even more by making Edmonton a world-class centre for equine research, learning, and therapy.
WELCA has an exciting redevelopment planned!
The Whitemud Equine Centre Arena Replacement Project has finished design and is preparing to go to tender.
The new facility will include a riding arena, stables for programs, a classroom, reception area, spectator seating and indoor washrooms.
Construction is proposed to start in Spring 2016. WELCA is currently finalizing their agreements to complete the partner funding requirements.
The old arena will be demolished once the new facility is open which allows WELCA programs to continue throughout construction. The City of Edmonton will continue annual structural assessments and provide base maintenance to ensure safety.