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

Learn To Ride Program

Winter Program starts January 28
8 week programs - call 780-435-3597 to register

Edmonton Area Dressage Association of Alberta

AGM - Noon to 4pm, January 21

Little Bits Winter Session

Volunteer Training January 17
8 week program starts January 24

Horsemanship - Spring Session

Starts February 3

AB Green Certificate Testing

March 7 and 14

Equine Massage Therapy Course

March 24 - 30

Little Bits Spring Session

11 week program starts April 1

Edmonton Classic Horse Show

Cancelled for 2018

AB Green Certificate Testing

May 30 and 31

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

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

Horse Rider Summer Camps (ages 9-14)

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

River Valley Horse Show


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

Horse Racing Alberta

p. 780.435.3597
e. info@welca.ca

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