Saturdays throughout the summer, WELCA is offering pony rides for children ages 3 - 8. A perfect introduction to riding for youngsters, our pony rides are 20 minutes in the indoor arena with an instructor and our specially trained lesson horses. A parent or guardian leads the horse. Our stable is equipped with special stirrups for little legs, helmets are mandatory and free for your use.
All horse related activities are classified as rugged adventure and sport with obvious risks of injury present despite all safety precautions. The participants and/or legal guardian hereby acknowledges this ride can be dangerous and agrees to waiver any and all claims current or in the future against WHITEMUD EQUINE LEARNING CENTRE ASSOCIATION 12504 Fox Drive, Edmonton, AB, their employees, agents, and volunteers and release them from any and all liability for loss, or damage or injuries howsoever caused.
IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT ALL HORSE BACK RIDERS OF ANY AGE WEAR A HIGH IMPACT HELMET. We further acknowledge that riding helmets are provided. In entering into this agreement, I am not relying upon any oral or written representations or statements made by the Releasees other than what is set forth in this agreement. I have read and understood this agreement and I am aware that by signing this agreement, from this day forward, I am waiving certain rights which I, my child, my heirs, next of kin, executors, administrators, assigns and/or representatives may have against the Releasees.
(a parent or guardian must sign for children under 19)
Waiver MUST be signed or child cannot ride.
Whitemud Equine Learning Centre Association
WELCA is a non-profit organization. It is home to a herd of 30 well trained lesson horses, and offers a variety of riding and non-riding programs for people ages six to 65. Its programs benefit many Edmontonians including high-risk youth, aboriginal youth, war veterans, the physically and mentally disabled, and the elderly.
WELCA has been home to the Little Bits Therapeutic Riding Association for persons with disabilities for 40 years. Therapeutic riding offers children and adults with mental and physical special needs, a fun form of recreation which improves coordination, muscle strength and self-confidence. WELCA partners with therapists specializing in equine-assisted psychology services. Thirty per cent of WELCA riders have special needs.
WELCA has significant opportunities to deliver more programming, but is constrained by poor facilities. Existing facilities are old, stretched to capacity, and need upgrading.
Major redevelopment to create new facilities for WELCA will enable it to meet the local growing demand for equine education, training and events. Our goal is to build an outstanding public facility, open to anyone with an interest in horses, which offers high quality horse-related activities.
WELCA is located in the river valley park, along Fox Drive. Edmonton is the only Canadian city with these services so centrally located. It is one of the only places in North America where citizens can enjoy equine programming in a river valley park.
The River Valley Alliance has identified Whitemud and its need for redevelopment as an important project along Edmonton’s river valley to help bring Edmontonians closer to nature.
For more information, visit www.welca.ca