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

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

Map to WELCA