|Hoofbeats & Heartbeats
The monthly newsletter for the Whitemud Equine Learning Centre
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Horses - The Story of Equus, an IMAX experience starts June 18 at the Telus World of Science Centre. A film guaranteed to remind us why we love horses (as if we needed reminding!). Click here for info.
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Thank you to all of our current riding students for taking advantage of the early-bird registration for 2010/11! We are also looking forward to seeing many of you compete in the Year End Show on June 26 & 27.
WELCA's volunteer fundraising committee is doing great work and there is lots of opportunity for you to get involved - helping out at the Teas, selling chocolates or working of some of their many projects. To learn more, please check out the Volunteer section of our website by clicking here.
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URGENT! Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are urgently required to work on Friday, June 18, 2010 in either a morning or afternoon shift.
Sixty-eight (68) Grade 4 and 5 students from St. James School are coming to Whitemud for their end-of-the-year field trip. Volunteers will assist with tacking and grooming the horses for riding; leading and sidewalking with the horses in the arena or on the trail. If you can help out, please contact Lynda Tennessen at 780-435-3597.
Greetings from the Chairperson
Welcome to the sixth edition of Hoofbeats and Heartbeats
We trust June will bring warmer weather our way and with that long enjoyable days for all those taking part in program events at Whitemud.
I want to thank the staff and management under Sylvia Erickson for running, despite inclement weather, two successful shows in May. Thank you to all the sponsors and competitors - we hope to see you again next year.
In May, the Board completed its strategic plan that sets the stage and guides the future path of our organization.
Little Bits winds up for the summer. We greatly appreciate the long relationship that we have had and the commitments they continue to make to Whitemud in helping us to move ahead, we look forward to you being part of that future.
Our lesson programs hold their summer show at the end of June - good luck to all the students. Everyone is welcome to come out and watch.
On Father's Day we will be hosting a bar-b-que with musical entertainment at the historic Keillor cottage. Tickets are available through the office or the website.
June 24th the site will host Twilight in the Meadows, a social networking event.
Our Redevelopment Steering Committee has been dedicated over the past year in delivering a Business Case and a Fundraising Feasibility Study. Thank you to that group for their superb contributions. By fall, the Business case should be reviewed and approved by the City of Edmonton and we will have set up a committee to oversee fundraising activities.
Whitemud Equine Learning Centre Association
2010 Calendar of Events
Programs, Shows and Events Scheduled at the Whitemud Equine Learning Centre and Show Grounds
May 26 - 30
Edmonton Classic Horse Show
Corporate Challenge - Bunnock
St. James School Field Trip - volunteers needed!
Father's Day Tea at Keillor Cabin, 2-4pm
Horsemanship program ends
June 26 - 27
Student Year End Show
Summer Camp Program begins
July 22 - 25
River Valley Horse Show
August 2 - 6
WELCA Advance Camp
August 23 - 29
Equine Massage & Chiropractic Clinic
RCMP Musical Ride (private event)
Lesson Program NewsPhoto Days, Year End Show, and Advance Registration
Professional photographer, Linda Finstad, of A Sharper Image Equine Photography was on site to take individual portraits of students with their favorite horse. Pictures are available to view and purchase online here
Year End Show
The Year End Show for students in the Horsemanship Program will be held on June 26 and 27. We will run a Boots & Breeches Consignment Sale in conjunction with the show so please plan to bring those gently used boots, breeches and other riding gear that your rider has outgrown. This is a potluck event, so make sure you sign up to bring something!
Advance Registration for Fall
All current riders have received a registration package from the Teaching Assistants for the 2010/11 programs. Thank you to all parents who have responded so quickly!
Meet our newest Board Member, Kay Bunker:
Kay Bunker is serving her first term on the WELCA Board of Directors. She has over twenty years of experience working in the areas of elementary education and non-profit organizations.
As well as being an avid volunteer with WELCA summer camp program, Kay is passionate about involving Edmonton's school systems in equine-related programs and activities. She currently rides Thursday evenings in the Horsemanship Program.
See Kay's bio and those of other Board Members
Lesson Horse Profile
Flossy is a Bay Quarterhorse mare. She was born in 1980 which makes her 30 years old. When she first came to Whitemud, she was young enough to walk/trot/canter and do small jumps, which she really enjoyed.
Now that she is older, Flossy works in the on-lead classes. She also enjoys being our favorite "touch and grooming" horse for beginners and training students in both the NAIT Animal Technician Program and the Equine Massage/Chiropractic Courses.
Flossy is kind and will stand patiently for students as they learn their skills. However, her favorite activity is going for walks outside with the Little Bits programs.
Frequently Asked Questions
What everyone is asking us!
The answer to the questions we are most frequently asked go here. We invite you to provide us your suggestions for the FAQ section of the website and for our upcoming newsletters in the eNewsletter survey you'll find below.How many people can be accommodated at Keillor Cabin?Keillor Cabin is suitable for receptions, meetings, and educational activities such as lectures and workshops. The Cabin can hold up to 40 people if the porch is used for seating as well as the main cabin area. For boardroom-style seating, the Cabin holds 15 people comfortably.
Users are encouraged to bring their own food or have a caterer deliver. All tableware, linens, and serving dishes must be supplied.
Horse Show Results
Whitemud Equine Learning Centre welcomed back three major horse shows in May - The Caledonia Classic Silver, May 21-23; Caledonia Classic Gold C, May 24; and the Edmonton Classic Horse Show, May 26-30.
You can check out the results from the two shows here.
Whitemud Equine Learning Centre would like to thank the following people for their generous contribution to WELCA:
Kathy Pobloskie - 2 pairs of Splint Boots
Dr. Anne Huennemeyer - Care for Pence
Elaine Carswell - Stubben dressage saddle (gently used)
T-Shirts & Hoodies
We had some great t-shirts and hoodies for sale featuring graphic designs by Christine Wills. The items will be delivered by the Year End Show. For those who missed out, we will process another order in September.
Our T-Shirt Price: $18
Hoodie Price: $45