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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 over 36 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 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.

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