The Mounties always get their man with the help of their trusty steeds! Although no longer part of regular service duty for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, horses still get pride of place in the world famous Musical Ride.
Based on cavalry drills, the ride originated as a way to keep members of the North West Mounted Police (the forerunner of the RCMP) entertained during the evenings or when they were off-duty. The men of the force formed a band and played during the horse drills. It was many years before the public was admitted to watch the drills set to music, and even longer before it became the annual event it is now.
Every year only 12-15 of the hundreds of active duty RCMP officers who apply to join the ride are accepted. It is a duty they must commit to for three years, with long hours of training and travel but they are eager to be part of the prestigious equine show.
The RCMP Musical Ride tours during the summer months, and may be coming to a town near you! Check the full schedule at www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca