Whitemud Equine Learning Centre Association

Lesson Programs

The lesson program at WELCA builds friends, fun and community by teaching riders safety, accountability, responsibility, respect and compassion for horses. All of our instructors are skilled horsemen & women and are either certified coaches through Equine Canada or in the process of achieving that certification. Teaching Assistants are students in the Horsemanship program, who have contributed many hours volunteering for our summer camps and other programs. Instructors and Teaching Assistants are required to have current first aid including CPR training. If you have any questions regarding the lesson program, please contact us.

Read frequently asked questions about Horse Riding Lessons

Group Horse Riding Lessons

WELCA has four types of recreational group riding lessons:

  • Junior Riders For children ages 6 to 9 years
  • Learn To Ride For children ages 9 to 13 years
  • Adult Learn To Ride For youth 14+ and adults
  • Horsemanship A progressive program for riders 9 years and up
  • Summer Day Camps A learn to ride program for children ages 7 to 14 years
  • Pony Up Camps For children ages 4-6 (morning) and 6-9 (afternoon)

Due to the popularity of the programs, there may be a wait list. That is why registrations are only accepted through the office. Please call 780-435-3597 or email info@welca.ca

Junior Rider Program
The ten or twelve week program is designed for young riders between the ages of 6 and 8 and follows the FUNdamentals guidelines set out by Equine Canada. The emphasis is on fun, safety and active participation whether on-horse or off. The program runs in the fall and spring on Saturdays from Noon-1pm. Use of a riding helmet is included. Parents are required to lead the horse.

Learn to Ride Program
Eight-week program designed to give new riders an introduction to riding. Riders have one hour of riding or stable management per week. The Learn to Ride program runs on Sundays, as well as Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, from November to March while the Little Bits program is on hiatus. The use of a riding helmet is included.

Horsemanship Program
The Horsemanship Program taught at WELCA is modeled on the Equine Canada Rider Program. WELCA students continue through 8 levels as they develop skills and experience. Each rider can seamlessly move from one level to the next based on his or her development as a rider. Every rider progresses at a different rate, and it is not uncommon to stay in a level in order to strengthen a particular skill. The Horsemanship program runs in two 20-week semesters: the fall semester runs from September to January and the spring semester runs from February to June. The majority of students choose to ride for the full term (September – June). Horsemanship classes are held on Monday, Thursday & Friday evenings or all day Saturday. There is a waiting list for this program. Riders coming from other stables are required to have an evaluation from a WELCA instructor to determine the level.

Summer Camps
During July and August, WELCA offers a series of week-long day camps. Horse Rider day camps are geared towards children between the ages of 9-14 who have little or no experience with horses and riding.

Pony Up day camps are geared towards children between the ages of 4-6 (morning program) and 7-9 (afternoon program). The emphasis is on fun, safety and active participation on-horse and off.

Riding Lessons General Information

Group Lessons

  • Between 4 – 6 riders per group
  • WELCA reserves the right to assign lesson horses and design the make-up of the group lessons
  • Children under the age of 14 must be escorted to and from the arena/classroom by a parent or guardian
  • Family members are encouraged to watch the lesson from the viewing area

Apparel Requirements

  • Safety approved equine riding helmet with chin strap & attached safety harness (ASTM/SEI)
  • Hard soled boots with sufficient heel to restrict the foot from passing through stirrup
  • Long, well-fitted pants (stretch if possible)
  • No shorts or sandals
  • Long hair to be tied back
  • Gloves are required in the winter months
  • Rubber boots are not recommended for winter months

Missed Classes, Cancellations & Refunds

  • All classes are subject to change due to registration numbers and instructor availability
  • The initial deposit required to secure a spot in a class is NON-REFUNDABLE.
  • There are no make-up lessons

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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