Whitemud Equine Learning Centre Association
Hoofbeats & Heartbeats Gala

Don't Miss Out on the Opening Celebration for the new Whitemud Equine Centre Indoor Riding Arena Facility - October 21, 2017

Outstanding entertainment, incredible food, fun and gifts! Champagne, dancing, visual and musical arts and shopping – a night to remember for you, your colleagues and your friends.

Don’t miss this spectacular evening in our new building featuring top Alberta artists, musicians and the best live auction in Edmonton, and, of course, some surprises!

Ticket Prices TBD.

Why Should I Care About WELCA?

  • WELCA represents Edmonton’s unique culture and character.
  • Alberta is home to more than 1/3 of Canada’s horses and we enjoy equine recreation as much as we enjoy hockey and soccer.
  • When you want to show visitors Edmonton’s quality of life, surprise them at the city’s own 1918 farm preserved in the River Valley Park. It is living history open every day of the year.
  • The horses make it beautiful and exciting, in a relaxed setting.
  • WELCA benefits all Edmontonians with respite, recreation, therapy and education.
  • Programs are accessible and inclusive.
  • 95% of students don’t own a horse and 35% have special needs.
  • We have been home to the Little Bits Therapeutic Riding Association for over 40 years.
  • WELCA’s lesson herd also trains photographers, animal technicians, and veterinarians, and makes Edmonton the only city in the country with equine-assisted psycholtherapy, helping people with eating disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • WELCA is a non-profit society where volunteers outnumber staff 15 to one.

What difference will you make?

The good times you’ll have at the Hoofbeats & Heartbeats Gala will be enhanced knowing the important changes you will make at WELCA. On May 1, 2016, we broke ground for the construction of our new facility to replace the 35-year old portable trailers with no indoor washrooms or plumbing. This heritage park needs comfortable year-round buildings for recreation, education and therapy. Have a look at what you’ll be changing – better public amenities to benefit more people. More reasons to visit WELCA and bring your friends.

Upcoming Events

Advanced Rider Camp

August 27

Equine Massage Therapy Long Course

August 6 - September 14

Moonlight in the Meadows

Technology networking conference - show grounds
August 28

Little Bits Volunteer Orientation

August 29 6-9PM

WELCA Casino

August 31 - September 1
Century Casino

Fall Horsemanship Semester Starts

Saturday, September 1

NAIT Large Animal Labs Start

September 10

Fall Little Bits Session Starts

September 9

Paint Night Fundraiser

September 8 - two times to choose from.

Lord Strathcona Mounted Troop - private performance

September 13 2-4PM

EQUUS - Story of Horses click here to see trailer

Documentary Viewing Party
September 17 - Winspear Centre Advance Screening

AEF NCCP Equine Theory of Coaching

September 29 and 30

Halloween Party

October 27 - to be determined


October 28 2PM - Classroom

Green Certificate Testing

October 30 and 31

HRH Princess Royal Visit

Little Bits Therapeutic Riding Association
Thursday, November 8 - to be confirmed

Horse Racing Alberta

p. 780.435.3597
e. info@welca.ca

Map to WELCA