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“Horse Shows - free to watch”

Whitemud Equine Learning Centre Association
Ranked #62 of 183 things to do in Edmonton
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Horse Shows - free to watch”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

We love watching competitive horse shows, dog shows and Corporate Challenge Bunnock Tournament at these historic show grounds by the North Saskatchewan River. The beautiful horses and athletic riders at the Edmonton Classic, River Valley Horse Show, Tudor Equestrian Summer Series are a credit to Western Canada. There are bleachers and picnic tables around the show grounds, but bring a blanket for the ground and enjoy the view from the top of a grass berm. Parking is free. Food items are available from kiosks and fruit stands during public events.

Visited July 2013
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English first
Sherwood Park, Canada
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 1, 2013

Whitemud Equine center has a well kept facility. I have not been there often, but I had heard pretty decent things myself about it. However, a girl my age moved to my current boarding facility and I began to question the lesson program there. She told me she had been riding English there for seven years in their lesson program. My coach told me to help her tack up because she didn't know how. Or rather, she had been taught but taught incorrectly. When she got on the horse, I thought that maybe I had misheard her about the seven years. With seven years of riding this girl should at least know leads, diagonals, sustained canter, contact with bit, etc. It was like she was a beginner rider. Perhaps she wasn't a great credit to their teaching, but from what I have seen in her new lessons she learns quickly and has been getting better almost every lesson.

This is not the first girl I have met coming from Whitemud Equine. Another girl that I had met came from there as well, and told me she had been riding for 4 years. Her horse was a young horse with a foul temper. The poor girl was basically a beginner despite how long she had ridden. Her horse tested her constantly and she was definitely overmounted. She hung on the horses mouth and her balance was extremely poor. Her equitation as a whole was poor. Once again, she may not have been a credit to the teaching there but from what I have concluded I would definitely never take lessons there. I have read other reviews that Whitemud Equine focuses a lot on equitation. If that's their idea of equitation I question the lesson program as a whole.

I have never taken lessons there so I am just looking at what I have seen. It's definitely possible that these riders are not the norm. If I am wrong in my idea of this facility I would like to know.

Visited August 2012
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Level 6 Contributor
111 reviews
27 attraction reviews
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“Lovely establishment!”
Reviewed June 4, 2013

I took riding lessons here as a child and have very fond memories of the horses and staff. They allowed me to learn how to take care of a horse on top of learning how to ride. We would clean their hoofs, give them water and food and occasionally help clean the stalls. We also learned how to strap on the saddles and bridles. The horses always had great personalities and I remember my favorite was an appaloosa named “Prince”. I remember the instructors being very informative and kind. I don’t know what its like today but I’m sure they maintain their great standards!

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Edmonton, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A Jewel in the City”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

Rural atmosphere to offset the bustle of the city. The grounds are well kept and facilities are great for horse shows. Horses look happy!

Visited October 2012
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Mayerthorpe, Alberta
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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“Great boarding and lessons, wish they offered guided trail rides in the Edmonton River Valley”
Reviewed September 20, 2012

They offer english horseback riding lessons for every level of rider, from beginners to advanced riders. They also offer a wonderful therapy riding program called Little Bits for the disabled. Unfortunately they do not offer guided trail rides or horses for hire, and riding the trails in the area is very restrictive, your horse must wear a bum bag, which is hard to obtain, plus you must train your horse to wear one. They have top notch facilities for those with horses who live in the city that require boarding, great location but because of the lack of other boarding and training facilities within Edmonton the prices are very expensive.

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