After a great visit at the Vancouver Aquarium, we headed towards North Vancouver where we met Leanne and Susannah to watch the RCMP Musical Ride together. If Leanne hadn’t told us about it, we probably wouldn’t have come as we didn’t know what it was.
The RCMP Musical Ride is something probably every Canadian has watched some time or other in their lives, as it has been performing since 1887. All the members of the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) Musical Ride are full time policemen and policewomen who have volunteered for it. After some special training, they will be part of the RCMP Musical Ride for three years before returning to their regular work again.
After a certain training period, the horses (which are always black) will join the RCMP Musical Ride when they are at least six years old, and they will stay on to perform actively as long as possible.
Anyway, it was amazing to watch the scarlet coated riders carrying lances, together with their horses perform so many different formations, figures and cavalry drills, all choreographed to music, completely effortlessly. What a feast for the eyes!