In 1867, Canada became a nation. This year (2017) is Canada’s 150th Birthday!
Six years after the Dominion of Canada was formed, the Parliament of Canada established a central police force and gave it the task of maintaining Law and Order in the newly acquired western territories of Canada. The force acquired the name “North-West Mounted Police” (NWMP). By 1886, the NWMP’s first riding school was established in Regina and in 1887, the horses and riders performed mounted precision cavalry drills on several occasions. It wasn’t until 1901, though, that the drills, choreographed to music, began to be performed for the public.
In 1920, the name of the force was changed to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
Today, the Musical Ride consists of 32 riders (plus one leader) in scarlet jackets on beautiful black horses. The RCMP has bred and raised its own horses since 1939. The Ride tours throughout Canada and internationally between May and October.
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On behalf of all the USA, Happy Birthday to you and all of Canada!
On behalf of all of Canada, thank you for your Birthday wishes!
Great post. Congrats to all Canadians.
Glad to be able to share our Mounties with you. They are so much more ‘colorful’ than, well, I can’t begin to list off all the Acronyms for Federal Law Enforcement Agencies in the United States! I can’t envision the FBI doing Musical Rides, can you?
Not at all. The only colorful Mountie we have here is Dudley Do-right and he’s fake. Snidely Whiplash isn’t though. I used to work for him.
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