Whitemud Equine Learning Centre Association


WELCA has an exciting redevelopment planned!

We are currently operating at full capacity, which means many people cannot access our many services. The new facilities will reduce our waitlists and allow us to expand our programs. Due to the current condition of the buildings, many of our programs cannot run during the winter. The existing indoor riding ring is unheated, not insulated and has a leaking roof. Many of the buildings are several decades old, including deteriorating trailers initially installed as short-term solutions for offices and training rooms. Bathroom facilities are outside and difficult to access.

The redevelopment will include two new riding arenas, new barns, classrooms, multi-use areas and indoor bathrooms. Our planned facilities will have both heating and cooling systems, so our students and horses can work together year-round.

WELCA is a non-profit organization, run mostly by volunteers.

Call WELCA at 780-435-3597 to join our dedicated team today!

Seven Ways to Volunteer with WELCA:

  1. Fundraisers - help with log cabin rentals and events like tea parties, Summer Solstice, Remembrance Day, 50-50 Raffles, chocolate sales, Silent Auctions, delivering donor letters, picking up donations, writing thank-you cards.
  2. Landscape or Transform an Area with a Makeover - paint, repair, clean and restore buildings and fences.
  3. Support a Program - Assist office staff, learn the history and guide visitors.
  4. Little Bits Therapeutic Riding Association – help our special needs riders as a side-walker, horse-leader or a groom.
  5. Schools and Clubs – teach, guide or tour all ages of people from schools and clubs.
  6. Public Events and Programs – Help with registrations, prepare the community areas, horses and equipment. Events include riding lessons, art and photography courses, massage therapy, first aid, skill demonstrations and horse shows, and more.
  7. Log Cabin Events – Built by Captain Keillor in 1918, this special place welcomes private and public groups for weddings, reunions, tea parties and business meetings.

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