A spectacle known around the world….is coming to Banff. The Town of Banff is proud to present the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride in celebration of Canada’s 150th in 2017.
A Canadian tradition since 1876, a troop of 32 scarlet coated “Mounties” on majestic black horses present a 30 minute show of intricate figures and cavalry drills choreographed to music. These movements demand the utmost control, timing and coordination.
Residents and visitors are invited to take advantage of this truly Canadian experience and see one of our national treasures perform live.
|WHEN:||Saturday, Sept 2, 2017, at 1.00pm and 7.00pm|
|Sunday, Sept 3, 2017, at 2.00pm|
|WHERE:||Banff Community High School Grounds, 330 Banff Ave, Banff.|
|TICKETS:||Single Tickets $16.00|
|Family Tickets $48.00 (including 2 Adults + 2 Children (3-17 yrs)
(Infants on laps 0-2 yrs are free)
|SEATING:||Seating is bleacher style and first come first seated. Pre-show event will be the Police Dog demonstration, starting 30 minutes before each show.|
|TRANSPORT/PARKING:||There is no parking at the venue. We highly recommend using Roam Public Transit, walking or biking to downtown Banff.|
Did You Know?
- The Musical Ride provides the opportunity to experience the heritage and traditions of the RCMP and raise funds for local charities across Canada. The riders act as ambassadors of goodwill who promote the RCMP’s image throughout Canada and all over the world.
- The Musical Ride was developed in 1876 by early members of the North-West Mounted Police to display their riding abilities and entertain local communities.
- The first recorded public display of the Musical Ride was in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1901.
|Show Time||1.00pm (Sat), 7.00pm (Sat), 2.00pm (Sun)|
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 are a central part of the world-renowned spectacle that is a living symbol of Canada — the Musical Ride.
The Musical Ride developed from a desire by early members of the North-West Mounted Police (NWMP) to not only compete amongst themselves and perform tricks on horseback to alleviate the monotony of endless riding drills, but to display their riding ability and entertain the local community.
For more information on history, visit the History of the RCMP Musical Ride.
The RCMP Musical Ride’s base is the RCMP Stables in Ottawa. The show is performed by a troop of 32 riders and horses.
Members of the Ride must have at least two years of active police duty before being eligible to apply. They do not need to have any riding experience. Once applicants have passed a rigorous selection process, they attend a five-week basic riding course, followed by another six-month intermediate course. Members stay with the Ride for approximately three years.
Equitation staff is responsible for the horse-breeding program, remount training, equitation courses, ceremonial escorts, parades, displays and of course, the Musical Ride.
The RCMP breeds Hannoverian horses at the Remount Detachment near Pakenham, Ontario. Each horse is 16 to 17 hands high, weighs between 523 kg (1150 lbs.) to 635 kg (1400 lbs.).
Young horses, called remounts, begin their training at three years of age. When they turn six, they start Musical Ride training and begin touring with the Musical Ride.
The horses’ saddle blankets, known as shabracks, bear the fused letters MP (the 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.
- Annually, the Musical Ride helps over 40 communities raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for a number of causes
- 36 horses, 35 riders, a farrier, 3 non-commissioned officers and an officer in charge, travel with the Musical Ride
- Learn more about Musical Ride at http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/musical-ride.