The RCMP have just wrapped up their special cross-country tour raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for Canadian charities.
This year the tour raised $755,169 as they celebrated Canada’s 150th birthday. There were 48 shows in every province plus one in the Yukon. Usually the Musical Ride will concentrate their performances in two provinces or regions over the season that runs from May until October. This year there were fewer performances but they travelled greater distances for the shows.
The Ride came to the Albion Fairgrounds in August.
Locally $26,940 was raised after expenses. This money was split in half between the local Cops For Cancer ride and the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Agricultural Association in honour of local long-time volunteer Tom Cameron who passed away from leukemia December last year.
Some of the communities that hosted the Ride this year chose to hold free events for Canada’s 150th anniversary instead of a fundraising event.
The first recorded public display of the Musical Ridge took place in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1901. In each ride there are 32 riders along with their horses plus one officer in charge who perform choreographed routines, intricate figures and cavalry drill to music.
The Musical Ridge travels to every province on a rotational basis every four years.
Next year the tour will be visiting Northern Ontario and British Columbia.