The tall hormonal kid thinks that she would like to be an RCMP officer. The small squeaky kid could very well be the subject of an RCMP manhunt at some point in her life. They both like horses. It seemed like a reasonable idea to take the kids and a few friends to watch the RCMP Musical Ride on Sunday. A learning opportunity wrapped up as entertainment.
It was amazing that they can keep up the choreography perfectly and not run into each other. The two oldest kids were enthralled and spent some time after the show interrogating the officer that stopped in front of us. They didn’t get the officer’s name, but he clearly resembles Dudley Doright. The horse, apparently, was Archie.
The girls were shy about what to ask, so I told them to find out how many years of service they need before they could join the musical ride and how many years they could stay with it.
Here’s the cut and paste version of Dudley’s answers (copied from the RCMP website):
Members of the Musical Ride are first and foremost police officers who, after at least two years of active police work, volunteer for duty with the Musical Ride. Most members are non-riders prior to their equestrian training with the RCMP; however, once they complete the courses of instruction, they not only become riders but ambassadors of goodwill. Working through a unique medium, they promote the RCMP’s image throughout Canada and the world. RCMP members only remain with the Musical Ride for three years which ensures an annual rotation of approximately one-third (33%) of the riders.
Today, in keeping with tradition, the Musical Ride is performed by a full troop of thirty-two riders and horses, plus the member in charge. The Musical Ride consists of the execution of a variety of intricate figures and cavalry drill choreographed to music. Demanding utmost control, timing and coordination, these movements are formed by individual horses and riders, in two’s, four’s and eight’s at the trot and at the canter. Months of training, practice and many kilometres around the riding school make horse and rider one. The horses must not only appear in the Musical Ride, but on Parliament Hill, in parades, special events and have the ability to travel and adapt to different environments, not to mention, hours of petting and photo-taking that the horses must patiently endure.