Whitemud Equine Learning Centre: A Belgravia neighbour


Whitemud Equine Learning Centre volunteers and staff want every Edmontonian to know:

•             The City of Edmonton has owned the landmark river valley farm on Fox Drive for 40 years

•             It’s been part of Edmontons river valley parklands since 1956

•             This treasured farm has served Edmonton’s community for nearly a century

•             It needs public amenities

•             Growing demand for recreation, education, therapy and respite

•             2-year wait lists for some programs

•             It has housed a charity since 1975

•             A unique facility for Edmonton

•             WELCA is a non-profit organization with a volunteer Board

•             Volunteers of Whitemud outnumber staff 15 to one

•             Existing public facilities/offices have no  indoor washrooms or running water

•             Over 60,000 people visit annually

•             The only Partner Facility open every day of the year

•             2,200+ people register for WELCA’s programs in recreation, therapy and education

•             Region’s largest riding school where 95% of students do not own a horse; 30% have special needs

•             Alberta Capital region’s only non-profit equine learning centre

•             The only one owned by a city

•             The only one in our park, on Trans Canada Trail (on farmland donated by Captain Keillor)

•             A cultural treasure tied to every important event in Edmonton history

•             River Valley Trails began here

•             Preserving heritage barns, curving stone fence, stone cottage and Captain Keillor’s Heartstone log cabin

•             The only visible, accessible equine facility providing a full range of programs for all abilities and ages

•             Because of WELCA’s specially trained therapeutic horses, Edmonton is the only Canadian city able to provide Equine     Assisted Psychotherapy, helping people recover from eating disorders and Post Traumatic Stress Disorders

•             WELCA’s herd provides hands-on training for NAIT’s Vet Assistants, for International Vet Re-certification, for Chiropractic and Massage Therapy training, for camps and students

•             The only place in Edmonton where families can watch free high level sports competitions

•             Providing the city’s most popular summer camps

•             Serving other sports organizations, dog training groups, service groups, clubs and general public

Planning for the Hoofbeats and Heartbeats Gala and fundraising  campaign are underway.  For more information, please visit www.welca.ca


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