Whitemud Equine Learning Centre Association

Redevelopment Project Report - December 2009

The Detailed Business Case is being developed to support redevelopment of our existing indoor Riding Arena and attached stables and barn. The replacement of these facilities is long overdue based on a City of Edmonton facility evaluation report.

The Need

The program requirements of the Little Bits Therapeutic Riding Association (LBTRA) and the Lessons program are not being met by existing facilities. The arena is in poor shape and difficult to use in winter; the demand for programs exceeds the arena time available.

The Proposal

Both Whitemud Equine Learning Centre Association and LBTRA Boards support the proposal to replace the existing arena, barn and administration trailer with a new development comprising:

  • Two regulation sized; climate controlled indoor riding arenas
  • Stables and barn to accommodate 55 horses
  • Administration and support facilities including indoor toilets, classrooms, meeting areas and others

The Process

A Preliminary Business Case has been accepted by the City of Edmonton which agreed to proceed with the development of a Detailed Business Case. Work on the Detailed Business Case started in late summer and is scheduled to be completed early in 2010. This work is being carried out by a consultant with input from WELCA and LBTRA staff as well as representatives from the WELCA membership, Edmonton Hunter Jumpers Association, Edmonton Dressage Association, Boarders, other regional associations and the City Parks Department.

The completed Business Case will be forwarded to the City for review and hopefully approval at which time a Capital Fundraising Program will be initiated.

After fundraising activities are underway, it is expected that design activities will commence with a target construction start of 2011-2012.

Progress to Date

The following key activities have been carried out:

  • Preliminary Business Case approved in 2009
  • Detailed Business Case started in September 2009
  • Projected space requirements identified
  • Functional Program documentation underway
  • Two sets of meetings held with stakeholders to discuss future space and space relationships (stakeholders include WELCA and LBTRA staff; Representatives from Hunters and Jumpers and Dressage; NAIT; WELCA Members including Boarders, Students and Volunteers; City Parks Department)
  • Preliminary building organization options identified
  • Site planning has started

Next Steps

Through the month of December, the following activities will occur:Completion of the Functional Program document Meetings with stakeholders to review building organization concepts and site location options Initiation of cost/benefit and other financial assessments for the Business Case


Monthly updates will be posted to our website and a newsletter on progress will be issued on a quarterly basis. If you need information on the project, please contact us.

Upcoming Events

Little Bits Spring Session

11 week program starts April 1

Balanced Rider Put Into Practice

April 29 6pm - classroom

Corrective Exercises by Jenifer Parks, Equiletics

Presented by EAADA $30/session or $50/both
April 26 7-9pm Classroom
May 3 7-9pm Classroom

Breath Work Clinic with Karl Faes (16+ only)

May 4 5-9pm Classroom

Pony Poop Compost Sale 10am-2pm

May 5 & 6
May 20 & 21

Edmonton Kubota Demo Days

May 12 & 13 - show grounds

J Percy Page Career Day

May 16

Edmonton Classic Horse Show

Cancelled for 2018

AB Green Certificate Testing

May 30 and 31

Moonlight in the Meadows

Technology networking conference - show grounds
June 8

WELCA Horsemanship Year End Show

Kids, Hounds & Homecooking
June 23 & 24

Pony Up Half Day Summer Camps (ages 4-9)

July 9-13 FULL
July 23-27 FULL
August 6-10 FULL

Horse Rider Summer Camps (ages 9-14)

July 2-6 FULL
July 16-20 FULL
August 13-17 FULL

Feathered Horse Classic Show

July 20-22

Equine Massage Therapy Long Course

August 6 - September 14

Edmonton Kennel Club Regional Dog Show

August 8-12

AB North Pony Club Show

August 22 - 26

Chasing the Wind - Story of Horses

Documentary Viewing Party
September 16, 8pm - Classroom

Horse Racing Alberta

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