Friday, 30 January 2015

Musical Mounties

The mounties may ride off into the sunset accompanied by music in films but here they are performing one of their musical rides, the first of which was performed at Regina barracks in 1887 and since 1904 there have been regular public performances across Canada.

The police officers will stay with the musical ride for three years, this means there is an annual rotation of 33 percent of the riders although there are 32 riders and horses in the team so I'm not sure how that works out, perhaps there is a spare.  There is an emphasis on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police site on the ability to meet the horses and riders but even if one were to miss the show and that opportunity then a tour of their Ottawa centre is on the cards - stables, tack room and of course, The Mountie Shop.

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