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

Learn To Ride Program

Fall Program starts November 19
Winter Program starts January 28
8 week or 5 week program

Mark Laskin Jumping Clinic

December 2 - Audit tickets available

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