The deadline to book a 2017 appearance of the RCMP Musical Ride is Friday.
“We are excited to have cities and towns across the country help us celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday by hosting the 2017 Musical Ride and raising money for their communities,” says Superintendent Leslie Cook, Officer in Charge of the Musical Ride Branch.
To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday next year, the RCMP Musical Ride is organizing a coast-to-coast Canadian tour with stops near capital city regions, along with stops in between major centres to ensure the horses’ welfare.
The RCMP Musical Ride is performed by a full troop of 32 riders and their horses. Their performance consists of intricate figures and drills choreographed to music. These movements demand the utmost control, timing and coordination.
The RCMP is seeking non-profit organizations to submit online applications to host the Musical Ride during this 2017 tour. Due to the large scope of this tour, applications must be received by July 15, 2016.
The 2017 tour will commence in May. The Musical Ride will return to Ottawa in late June to participate in Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa. The tour will resume in early July and will continue until September.
There will be an evaluation criterion that includes, but is not limited to: Canada 150 linkage; appropriate stabling; capacity of venue; the horses’ welfare will be a consideration when scheduling stops between the provincial capital city regions; hosting by a non-profit organization; and proximity to capital city regions.
The RCMP’s regular four-year rotation will resume in 2018 with visits to Northern Ontario and British Columbia. The Musical Ride performs in up to 50 communities across Canada between the months of May and October. They help raise thousands of dollars for local charities and non-profit organizations.