Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 5 p.m.
Some 2000 at RCMP Musical Ride in Russell
The RCMP’s Musical Ride visited Russell during their tour, last Friday, June 1st, at the Russell Fairgrounds.
The RCMP Musical Ride is performed by a full troop of 32 riders and their horses. Their performances consist of intricate figures and drills choreographed to different music. The Musical Ride travels the country and performs in up to 50 communities across Canada between the months of May and October.
“It was a lot of work,” said event organizer Connie Johnson. “But when I saw the big trucks arriving with the horses, I thought ‘Wow, this is what it’s all about.’” The 2018 RCMP Musical Ride in Russell was sponsored by the Lions Club of Russell. This year marked the third time the Musical Ride has performed in Russell, the first being in 2004, sponsored by the Lions Club, and then again in 2011, sponsored by the Russell Curling Club.
About 2500 people came out to witness this Canadian experience. The Capital Cowgirls, a group of 10 women performing horseback routines, were the opening act to the RCMP Musical Ride. The Canadian Canine Training Academy also joined afterwards to showcase their PTSD service dogs in action. There was also a special tribute to the late Jonathan Pitre – the training academy designated Pitre’s dog, Gibson, as an honorary service dog for his “outstanding service dog qualities,” such as knowing not to jump on his owner and staying by his side for long baths.
In collaboration with Caroline Prévost