Whitemud Equine Learning Centre
Hoofbeats & Heartbeats

The bi-monthly newsletter for the Whitemud Equine Learning Centre
Issue No. 11
January/February 2011
In This Issue
Greetings from the Chair
Lesson Program News
2010 Calendar of Events
WELCA Board and Committee Opportunities

Currently the WELCA Board is in need of a Treasurer.  We are looking for candidates with accounting experience, an interest in Whitemud, and the ability to work effectively and amicably with the Board and administrative staff.  The person who takes this position would become a Board member.

Also, we would like to add a few members to some of our committees.  Existing committees include Finance, Personnel, and Fundraising.  In the near future, we may be adding committees to deal with Education, and Communication.  People with prior experience in any of these areas would be welcomed, as would people who may not have experience, so long as they are interested and willing to contribute.  Board membership is not necessary to serve on these committees. 

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, or if you have any questions about them, you can contact the Board via e-mail at board@whitemudequine.ca or call the WELCA office at 780-435-3597 to leave a number where you can be reached.

Casino Volunteers Needed!

Our casino dates are May 19 & 20, 2011 at the Century Casino, 13103 Fort Road.


We require 25 volunteers to fill shifts over the two days.


For more information, click here.

Whitemud Park Trailhead

Page 9 of Grandview Heights most recent newsletter has a drawing and

description of the Whitemud Park re-development.  An area drawing below this

includes WELCA with a nod to our own redevelopment. Click to access the newsletter


Arena Safety - Lungeing

Boarders please ensure that you, and those with permission to ride your horse, DO NOT lunge the horse in the arena when there are other riders present.  


Also, when riding in the arena please DO NOT stand on the rail to chat. Use the arena for riding and make room for other riders.


By observing these simple rules, you will make the arena a safer and more enjoyable place to ride! 


Thank you. 

"Where people and horses meet in the heart of the city"
This phrase has been Whitemud's tag line for so long, I'm sure most of us don't even see it anymore let alone consider what it means for us as an organization.

I have had a number of conversations with people over the past few weeks that have led me to contemplate the question, 'what is the Whitemud way of doing and being?' When you think of the history, the many people and horses through these gates, it all comes back to that one line:  we are a teaching facility making a difference in people's lives through our relationship with horses.

This year, we are excited to offer new learning opportunities in addition to our riding lesson programs such as Horses 101 and 102 seminars for new horse owners run by the Horse Industry Association of Alberta. In addition, we continue to provide on-the-job training for young people looking for an introduction to the horse industry - many of people working in all sectors of the horse industry got their start at Whitemud.

Peter Senge, author of The Learning Organization, defines personal mastery as approaching one's life as a create work, living life from a creative as opposed to a reactive viewpoint."  Senge links personal mastery to effective leadership stating, "The core leadership strategy is simple: be a model. Commit yourself to your own personal mastery."  That is truly the 'Whitemud Way.'

Diane David
Newsletter Editor & Administrator
Greetings from the Chairperson
Welcome to Hoofbeats and Heartbeats!

Gord Blinston Board memberGord is on vacation at the time of publication. He will be back next issue!

Gord Blinston
Chairperson, WELCA
CFEP Grant
Morgan and Echo chat with Mr. Horne after their class performed a riding demonstration for him.
Fred Morgan and EchoFred Horne, MLA Edmonton Rutherford, stopped by WELCA on Saturday, January 15 to tour the facility, watch a brief riding demonstration and present WELCA with a CFEP grant cheque for $124,872.00!

To learn more about the grant and see more photos of Mr. Horne's visit, click here.

Why is this man smiling?
Making connections through horses
Mr. GlaseTo learn more about this gentleman, his horses and his connection to Whitemud Equine Learning Centre, please click here.

Lesson Program News

Spring Session - Horsemanship Program
Riders interested in continuing on in the Spring Session are required to submit a $300 deposit prior to December 17.  The remaining $700 are then paid in two equal installments of $350 on Feb 5 and April 4.

Our Thoughts are with Danielle
Instructor Danielle Gallant has been on a leave of absence from Whitemud since her mother became seriously ill while away on vacation. Danielle is with her in Winnipeg and working to get her home to Edmonton when she is well enough to travel. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.


Thank you for your service.
WELCA would like to acknowledge Katherine Kubica for her service on the WELCA Board of Directors from October to December 2010. Katherine worked tirelessly to introduce new hay producers onsite and many of you received her "Hay Bulletin" which providers information on the current hay supply. She resigned from the Board in December.
Personal Mastery
You can only lead others where you yourself are willing to go.
Two HorsesPersonal mastery is about creating what one wants in life and in work. Continually expanding personal mastery is a discipline based on a number of key principles and practices:  personal vision, personal purpose, holding creative tension between vision and current reality, mitigating the impact of deeply rooted beliefs that are contrary to personal mastery, commitment to truth, and understanding the subconscious.

Practioners of personal mastery exhibit the following characteristics:
  • They have a sense of purpose that lies behind their goals
  • Their vision is more like a calling than a good idea
  • They see current reality as an ally, not an enemy
  • They are committed to seeing reality increasingly accurately
  • They are extremely inquisitive
  • They do not resist, but work with, the forces of change
  • They feel connected to others and to life itself
  • They feel that they are part of a larger creative process that they can influence but cannot unilaterally control
To learn more about personal mastery, learning organizations and Peter Senge, click here.

2011 Calendar of Events
2011 calendar
Programs, Shows and Events Scheduled at the Whitemud Equine Learning Centre and Show Grounds

February 5

Spring Session of Horsemanship program starts.

February 12

Winter Junior Rider programs begin

March 21-27

Equine massage clinic from Equine Rehab. Click here for info.

March 28-31

Equine vertebral alignment clinic from Equine Rehab.

April 3

Little Bits Spring Session starts

May 24-29

Edmonton Classic Horse Show


June 5

Corporate Challenge Bunnock Tournament - Show Grounds

June 18

How to Shoot Horses (Photographically) Like the Pros - Linda Finstad. Click here for info.

June 25-26

WELCA Year End Show

July 4 - 29

City of Edmonton River Valley Summer Camp programs here.

July 20-24

River Valley Horse Show

August 13-19

Equine massage therapy clinic by Equine Rehab.

August 20-23

Equine vertebral realignment clinic by Equine Rehab


August 27

How to Shoot Horses (Photographically) Like the Pros - Linda Finstad. Click here for info


September 3-5

Bunnock Tournament - Show Grounds

WELCA Connection to 2010 WEG
Check out the full story on our website!
VitannaTo read about this horse, her connection to WELCA and her event in the 2010 World Equestrian Games, click here.


Second Annual Little Bits 'n Bites Breakfast Round-up
Little Bits logoPlease support the Second Annual Little Bits 'n Bites Breakfast Round-up taking place 7:30am, Thursday March 17th, 2011 at Delta Centre Suite Hotel in downtown Edmonton. This fund raising breakfast was a huge success in 2010.  


Please contact Olena Dudych at the Little Bits office 780 - 476 -1233 or click here to email her to purchase tickets to the event. Tickets are $25 or tables of 10 for $250, which includes a delicious hot breakfast at a first class facility.   Bring your friends and family, we are confident it will be fun. Your support will ensure it is a success for Little Bits!