DAUPHIN – A tour well over a century old returns to Manitoba this summer
The RCMP Musical Ride is touring across the province throughout July.
The tour features 32 horses and riders and began their season in England performing for the Queen’s 90th birthday.
Constable Janice Kelly says that was an experience she’ll never forget.
“It’s my first year of tour, so performing for the first time ever in front of the Queen was pretty emotional,” Kelly explains. “I have a lot of respect for the Royal Family and also the RCMP and the history of them with the Queen. She came down to the village in Windsor Castle and greeted all the members and their horses. Definitely a highlight of my life.”
The show is roughly 30 minutes long and features a number of coordinated movements set to mostly classical music, many of them historical military maneuvers.
Kelly is also a Winnipeg native, and she is definitely looking forward to performing in her hometown.
“My mom hasn’t seen me on a horse yet. She was already proud when I became an RCMP officer and I think she’s going to be even more proud now when she sees me. I know so many people in Winnipeg, I’m so excited I can’t wait. I’m excited to see people I haven’t seen in years.”
The tour also raises money for local charities.
Full Manitoba tour schedule:
- July 7 – Dauphin
- July 9 – Thompson
- July 12 – Roblin
- July 14 – Virden
- July 16-17 – Brandon
- July 19 – Neepawa
- July 20 – Boissevain
- July 23-24 – Morris (Manitoba Stampede)
- July 26 – Portage la Prairie
- July 27 – Austin
- July 30-31 – Winnipeg
- August 1 – St. Andrews (Lower Fort Garry)
- August 2 – Stonewall