RCMP ride into Armstrong for musical tradition

The world-famous RCMP Musical Ride is coming to the Interior Provincial Exhibition grounds today at 7 p.m.

An event steeped in tradition, drawing thousands of fans each year, is riding into the North Okanagan today.

The world-famous RCMP Musical Ride is coming to the Interior Provincial Exhibition grounds in Armstrong at 7 p.m.

The RCMP Musical Ride represents a colourful Canadian tradition.

The troop of 32 horses and riders will perform a variety of cavalry drills choreographed to music.

Working through a unique medium, they support the RCMP community policing efforts throughout Canada.

The Musical Ride was developed in 1876 by early members of the North-West Mounted Police to display their riding ability and entertain the local community. It has evolved over the decades into a uniquely Canadian performance enjoyed by tens of thousands of spectators every year.

Members of the Musical Ride are first and foremost police officers. They all have at least two years experience in active police work before volunteering for duty with the Musical Ride.

Surprisingly, most have no prior riding experience.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 plus GST for adults, $7 plus GST for children 12 and under. There are still tickets available but they are selling fast.

Tickets are on sale at the IPE office (or order by phone 250-546-9406), Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce, Askew’s Foods in Armstrong, Salmon Arm and Sicamous and at Avalon Event Rentals in Kelowna.