Whitemud Equine Learning Centre
Hoofbeats & Heartbeats
The monthly newsletter for the Whitemud Equine Learning Centre
Issue No. 6
May/June 2010
In This Issue
Horses At the IMAX
Greetings from the Chair
2010 Calendar of Events
Lesson Program News
Volunteer Profile
Horse Shows
What We're Looking Forward To:

Horses at the IMAX

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.

Diane David
Newsletter Editor & Administrator
URGENT! Volunteers Needed
St. James Trail RideVolunteers 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

Linda & CaffiWe 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.

Linda Olson-Lipinski
Whitemud Equine Learning Centre Association
2010 Calendar of Events
Calendar of Events
Programs, Shows and Events Scheduled at the Whitemud Equine Learning Centre and Show Grounds

May 26 - 30
 Edmonton Classic Horse Show


June 6         

Corporate Challenge - Bunnock

June 18
St. James School Field Trip - volunteers needed!

June 20

Father's Day Tea at Keillor Cabin, 2-4pm
June 25
Horsemanship program ends


June 26 - 27  

Student Year End Show

July 5

Summer Camp Program begins

July 22 - 25

River Valley Horse Show

August 2 - 6

WELCA Advance Camp

August 23 - 29

Equine Massage & Chiropractic Clinic

August 23

RCMP Musical Ride (private event)


Lesson Program News
Photo Days, Year End Show, and Advance Registration

silouette of girl and horsePhoto Days
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!
Volunteer/Board Profile
Meet our newest Board Member, Kay Bunker:

Kay Bunker WELCA BoardKay 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
FLOSSYFlossy 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!
frequently asked questionsThe 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.

after ribbon ceremony

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
whitemud tshirt graphicWe 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

welcome sign at Keillor Cabin
Please join us and be a supporter of the first annual Father's Day Tea, Sunday, June 20, 2010 from 2 to 4pm at the Historic Keillor Log Cabin on the grounds of the Whitemud Equine Learning Centre. This fund raising tea is an exclusive event to showcase spring in the river valley.

See more about the event and order your tickets.