For more than a decade, the Whitemud Equine Learning Centre Association (WELCA) has been quietly helping to develop people of strength and contributors to the Edmonton community. Through our equine-related activities, we will increase our role in creating a better quality of life for all Edmontonians.
WELCA provides easy access for anyone wishing to discover the joys of equine activities, and those who wish to rekindle their love for horses. Our centrally located services help young urban people develop self-confidence and self-esteem, and our horses are instrumental in providing therapeutic services for people living with mental health issues or diseases such as multiple sclerosis. We provide learning opportunities for students of all ages, whether it is veterinarian studies or learning an equine sport. And we help urbanites gain a better understanding of life on a horse farm, right in the heart of the city.
We make all this possible using our own herd of horses and some which are loaned to us.
WELCA’s learning centre provides programs to approximately 1,000 visitors each week. Our different horse riding programs and instructions are available at various levels to the general public, school groups, and people with disabilities.
Our future plans include the development of a world-class equine learning centre in which more Edmontonians and people from all over the world can come to study horses and learn about their special relationship with people. The new facility will be developed on our existing site on Fox Drive, and will be integrated into the beautiful heritage setting of the Keillor Farm. Once completed, our new facility will allow us to help even more Edmontonians, and allow us to continue our mission of contributing to a stronger community, locally and globally.
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