RCMP Musical Ride - Monday, August 14, 2017 Skagway, Alaska

RCMP Musical Ride Performing in Skagway, Alaska

When: 4-6 pm – Monday, August 14, 2017. 

Where: Skagway School Ballfield – 17th & Main St

Cost: FREE!!!

Join us in welcoming the RCMP Musical Ride to Skagway! On Monday, August 14, 2017, residents and visitors are invited to come out to see the world-renowned troop of 32 horses and riders perform at the Skagway School Ball Field.

Every year, the Musical Ride brings its show to communities across the country to perform a variety of figures and drills choreographed to music. The show provides the public with an opportunity to experience the heritage and traditions of the RCMP and raise funds for local charities across Canada.

Parking is limited, Shuttles will be available from the Railroad Dock and Downtown Skagway to the School.

For information, please call the Skagway Convention & Visitors Bureau at (907) 983-2854.

 

Transportation

   Railroad Dock to Performance

  • Alaska Coach Tours will provide free shuttles from the Small Boat Harbor to the School Ball Field 
  • Departures at 3:45, 4 pm & 4:15
  • Look for the coaches with the RCMP Musical Ride Signs

    Downtown to Performance

  • SMART Shuttle will provide shuttles from downtown Skagway to the School Ball Field.
  • Departures begin at 3:45 pm
  • Stops are at
    • 3rd by the Mascot
    • 5th by the NPS Trail Center
    • 7th by the City Museum
  • Look for the buses with RCMP Musical Ride signs

    After Performance Shuttles to downtown & dock ~ 5:30 – 6 pm

  • SMART Shuttle will provide shuttles from 18th & Main to downtown Skagway
  • Alaska Coach Tours will provide shuttles from 18th & Main to the Railroad Dock
  • Look for the buses with RCMP Musical Ride signs

Quick Facts

  • 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.
  • This year, the Musical Ride is touring across Canada in celebration of Canada’s 150th
  • The Municipality of Skagway is hosting the only performance to be held in the USA during the 2017 tour.
  • Thirty-six horses, 35 riders, a farrier, 3 non-commissioned officers and an officer in charge, travel with the Musical Ride.

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Overview

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.

History

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.

Today

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

Equitation staff is responsible for the horse-breeding program, remount training, equitation courses, ceremonial escorts, parades, displays and of course, the Musical Ride.

 The Horses

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.