The RCMP Musical Ride at the Albion Fairgrounds on Thursday, Sept. 5, marks the second to last performance in B.C. this year.
"We sincerely hope everyone and their family comes out to take in the spectacle that is the musical ride," said Ridge Meadows RCMP Insp. Dave Fleugel.
The tour has taken the horses and riders around the province. This year's B.C. tour started on July 11 in Fort St. John, and will come to Maple Ridge after closing out the Pacific National Exhibition.
The RCMP Musical Ride remains an iconic Canadian symbol. The riders are all regular members of Canada's National Police Force, and are on a three-year tour of duty from their regular policing duties.
All riders start with a basic equitation course, which takes place at the training facilities in Ottawa. If successful, the new rider enters into more complex equestrian training before actually joining the ride the following year, when they will start their first of two years of touring.
The first recorded musical ride dates back to 1887. The ride has been on public display since 1901, and is performed by a troop of 32 horses and riders. Still the highlight of the performance is the charge, when the horses and their mounts gallop the length of the riding area. The show ends with the march past, performed to the RCMP's Regimental March, where the guest of honour is saluted.
Tickets for the Sept. 5 musical ride are on sale at the RCMP detachment at 11990 Haney Pl.; Tourism Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows at 12492 Harris Rd,; North Fraser Therapeutic Riding Association, 12471 254th St.; and at the Country Fest office on the Albion Fairgrounds. They are $15 each.
Tickets are also available at www.mrpmcountryfest. com/musicalride.html.
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