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To help us celebrate 20 years of partnership with our local First Responders! Please join us for an unforgettable week-end featuring the world renowned R.C.M.P. Musical Ride!

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Day 1 - August 13th

R.C.M.P, Musical Ride , Country Supper and Barn Dance with the James Barker Band

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Location

Metroland Media Agriplex Western Fair District 845 Florence St. London, ON N5W 6G6

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Day 2 - August 14th

R.C.M.P. Musical Ride, and First Responders demonstrations

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The Musical Ride.

Our Story

Horses have always been an important part of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) In the early years they were used for transportation, but now they create a world-renowned spectacle that is a living symbol of Canada — the Musical Ride.
The Musical Ride developed from a desire by early members to not only have some fun but to display their riding ability and entertain the local community. As most of the original North West Mounted Police members had a British military background, it was inevitable that the series of figures they performed, and which form the basis of the Musical Ride, were traditional cavalry drill movements. In 1966, recruit equitation was discontinued in the training of new members. Now the horse, the scarlet tunic and the lance of the Musical Ride are among the last links with the Force’s early history. The first known riding display was given in 1876 and the first Musical Ride performance was held at the Regina barracks in 1887. Regular public performances of the Ride started in 1904 when a troop trained by Inspector Frank Church performed at the Winnipeg, Brandon, Qu’Appelle and Regina fairs. During the 1920s and '30s there were two Musical Rides; one at Regina and one in Ottawa.
The Musical Ride is based at the RCMP Rockcliffe, Ontario facility and is performed by a full troop of 32 riders and horses. Members of the Ride are first and foremost police officers who, after at least two years of active police work, attend a 5-week basic and a 6-month intermediate riding course. Members only stay with the Ride for three years and this ensures an annual rotation of about 33 per cent of the riders.
The Musical Ride is an important tool used to assist RCMP detachments in delivering their community policing messages. Detachments are always involved with any visit of the Musical Ride. Along with their organizing committee, local officers attend pre-tour meetings with the Ride to act as hosts and to coordinate the enormous task of on-site logistics.
The RCMP breeds its horses at Remount Detachment near Pakenham, Ontario. They are 16 to 17 hands high; weigh between 523 kg (1150 lbs.) to 635 kg (1400 lbs.) and up until recently were 3/4 to 7/8 Thoroughbred, the stallions being registered Thoroughbred while the brood mares were part Thoroughbred. In March 1989, Black Hannoverian broodmares and stallions were purchased to improve the horses’ bloodlines. Young horses, called remounts, begin their training at three years of age. When they turn six, they start Musical Ride training and take their first trip. The horses’ saddle blankets bear the fused letters MP (RCMP’s registered brand) in the Force’s regimental colours of royal blue and yellow. The maple leaf pattern adorning the horses’ rumps is created by using a metal stencil and brushing across the lie of the hair with a damp brush.
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Silver Stars

The Silver Star Precision Drill Riding team is a not for profit group of young talented highly motivated riders. These great role models have excelled in their riding skills and have spent endless hours committed to their dream of becoming the very best they can be. These equestrian athletes provide quality entertainment for a variety of audience of all ages, they perform choreographed maneuvers to recognizable music. This Drill team encourages safety conscious riders, team spirit, co-operation, concentration and communication between horse and rider. The advance team members mentor the Junior teams that wish to achieve their goals becoming better riders and performers themselves. The riders are all from the Windsor Essex County area. The team currently includes riders from 11 years and up who have various amounts of riding experience. To become a member of the team, every rider must be confident, expect to work hard and must be a team player.
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James Barker Band

On Friday August 13th the James Barker Band will be performing. www.jamesbarkerband.com
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