Lessons and Programs
The lesson programs at WELCA build friendships, fun, and community by teaching riders safety, accountability, responsibility, respect and compassion for horses. Our instructors are certified coaches with Equestrian Canada.
WELCA does not rent horses to the public, provide one-time rides or trail rides.
Riding Lessons - General Information
Horse Riding Lessons
Between 4 – 6 riders per class for Learn to Ride. 8 riders per class for Mini/Junior Riders.
WELCA reserves the right to assign lesson horses and design the make-up of the group lessons
Children under the age of 14 must be escorted to and from the arena/classroom by a parent or guardian
Family members are encouraged to watch the lesson from the viewing area
Off Horse Lessons - ALL Classes and Levels
For the Learn to Ride and Mini/Junior Rider programs, the first lesson of each session is off horse to orient new students to the world of riding, train the adult who will be leading and/or review and expand on basic horse knowledge with repeating students. Riders will also have a chance to practice skills on our Equicizers before getting on the real horse during the second lesson. There will be a second off horse lesson later in the session to provide further education in horse handling and barn safety.
Safety approved equine riding helmet with chin strap and attached safety harness (ASTM/SEI) - provided for participants in summer camps, mini/junior riders and learn to ride programs.
Hard soled boots with sufficient heel to restrict the foot from passing through stirrup
Long, well-fitted pants that will stretch if possible
No shorts or sandals
Long hair to be tied back
Gloves are required in the winter months
Rubber boots are not recommended
Missed Classes, Cancellations and Refunds
All classes are subject to change due to registration numbers and instructor availability
The initial deposit required to secure a spot in a class is NON-REFUNDABLE.
Sorry, we cannot accommodate make-up lessons
Junior Riders For children ages 6 to 9 years
Learn To Ride For children ages 9 to 13 years
Adult Learn To Ride For youth 14+ and adults
Horse Rider Summer Camps A learn to ride program for children ages 9 to 13 years FULL
Pony Up Half-Day Summer Camps For children ages 4-8 (morning or afternoon) FULL
All Registrations must be made online.
Mini Rider / Junior Rider Program
Mini Riders is an 8 week program designed to introduce 6-9 years to the world of riding, through fun engaging actives . Riders will become more comfortable and confident atop their horse through participation in games and rider exercises. Topics of focus include basic rider positions, walk, halt, steering, and trotting.
Please note that the first lesson will be un-mounted to orient new students to the world of riding, and orient parents in how to lead their horses. Students will also have a chance to practice some skills on our Equicizers before getting on a real horse in their second lesson. Students will also have a second un-mounted lesson (usually the 4th or 5th lesson), where they will be taught barn safety and further education in horse handling.
All classes are capped at 8 students, with 2 instructors present at all times. All students require one parent to act as a lead, and may require an additional side walker. All Riders will be in the arena for 1 hour, which will consist of approximately 45 minutes of riding. Students are required to arrive 10 minutes prior to their start time to get boots and helmets on. and be ready to go. Weather permitting, our classes may go outside. Please come dressed for the weather, and prepared to go outside.
Spectators and leaders are asked not to coach or distract the riders. This hinders the lesson risks spooking a horse with added noise and movement from the viewing area. Any questions from the spectators about the lesson can be directed to the office. All spectators are required to abide by posted arena rules.
For the safety and privacy of our riders, no pictures or videos can be taken unless permitted by the instructor and all riders and/or parents/guardians of all other riders. Dogs are required to be on-leash at all times and must be well-behaved and quiet. Please clean up after your dog.
The following documents must be completed for registration.
• Session Registration Form. Please read carefully and fill out ALL areas.
• Payment/Drop-off & Pick-up/Leading Policy Photo Release form (On the back side of registration)
• WELCA Waiver of Liability & Capri Insurance Waiver (2 waivers)
• Parent waiver if rider is under 18 years of age
• Adult waiver if 18 years or older (Required for leaders and side-walkers)
SESSION 1: September 5, 2020 - November 7 2020 (10 weeks)
SESSION 2: November 14 2020 - January 30, 2021 (10 weeks)
SESSION 3: February 6 2021 - April 17 2021 (10 weeks)
SESSION 4: April 24 2021 - June 12 2021 (8 weeks)
Learn to Ride Program
An eight-week program designed to give new riders an introduction to riding. Riders have one hour of riding or stable management per week. The Learn to Ride program runs from November to March while the Little Bits program is on hiatus. The use of a riding helmet and boots are included.
Winter Session - November 19, 2019 to January 21, 2020 - $550 per student REGISTRATION OPENED OCT. 1
Summer Session - July 8, 2020 to August 26, 2020 - $565 per student REGISTRATION OPENS MAY 2020