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, or they are in the process of achieving that certification. Teaching Assistants are students in the Horsemanship program, who have contributed many hours volunteering for our summer camps and other programs. Instructors and Teaching Assistants are required to have current first aid including CPR training. If you have any questions regarding the lesson program, please contact us at info@welca.ca

WELCA does not rent horses to the public, provide one-time rides or trail rides.


Horse Riding Lessons

WELCA offers many types of recreational riding lessons:



Due to the popularity of the programs, there may be a waitlist.  That is why registrations are only accepted online. 


Mini Rider / Junior Rider Program
This ten or twelve week program is designed for young riders between the ages of 4 and 6 (Mini) or 6 and 8 (Junior) and follows the FUNdamentals guidelines set out by Equine Canada. The emphasis is on fun, safety and active participation whether on-horse or off. The Mini Rider program runs in the fall and spring on Saturdays from 12:00-1:00 pm. Junior Riders run in the fall and spring on Saturdays from 1:00-2:00 pm. Use of a riding helmet and boots are included. Parents are required to lead the horse. Children 5 and under also require a sidewalker.
Both Mini and Junior classes consist of 10 riders per class and are taught with two instructors in the arena. Mini and Junior riders are in the arena for one hour and riding for approximately 45 minutes. Parents and riders are required to arrive 10 minutes prior to start time to get boots and helmets on and be ready to go. Over the course of the session, riders become more comfortable and confident atop their horses. They will participate in various exercises and games. They will learn basic rider position, walk, halt and steering of their horse and will experience the trot. 
SESSION 1: September 7 2019 - November 9 2019 (10 weeks)  
SESSION 2: November 16 2019 - February 1, 2020 (10 weeks)
SESSION 3: February 8 2020 - April 18 2010 (no class April 4) (10 weeks) 
SESSION 4: April 25 2020 - June 13 2020 (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

Summer Camps
During July and August, WELCA offers a series of week-long day camps. Horse Rider day camps are geared towards children between the ages of 9-13 who have little or no experience with horses and riding. Pony Up day camps are geared towards children between the ages of 4-8. These are half-day camps with the choice of morning (9-Noon) and afternoon (1-4pm). The emphasis is on fun, safety and active participation on-horse and off.
Continuing Development 
Please ask the office for information on opportunities for continuing development through our long-term Horsemanship Program after the introductory programs.

Riding Lessons - General Information

Group Lessons
  • Between 4 – 6 riders per class for Learn to Ride. 10 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 (usually the fourth or fifth class) to provide further education in horse handling and barn safety. Riders and parents should always come dressed and prepared to go outside, be in the barn or to ride as off horse dates may change.


Apparel Requirements
  • 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

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