Host the ride

Note:

The application process for the 2017 cross country tour is now closed. We are currently accepting applications for future tours in 2018 to 2021.

This is what you need to know to host the Musical Ride in your community.

The Musical Ride has a tour planner that works year-round to plan the upcoming performances of the world famous show. Musical Ride pre-tour planning is conducted one year prior to the actual tour. The Musical Ride tour planner will be happy to answer telephone enquiries; however, requests to host the Musical Ride must be submitted on line at least one year prior to the actual tour.

The Musical Ride travels to every province on a four-year rotational basis to ensure that Canadians are given an opportunity to see the Musical Ride. The Musical Ride visits approximately 40 venues annually during a 100-day tour. The host is responsible for paying all stabling and feed costs for the Musical Ride horses, securing a suitable performance site, and organizing all the related logistics. The host can obtain local support to assist in covering the costs of hosting the Musical Ride (subject to certain conditions). A pre-tour site inspection and presentation will be conducted at the cost of the RCMP. Please review our hosting requirements for further information.

Our upcoming annual tour schedule is as follows:

  • 2017: Cross Canada Tour - 150th anniversary of Canada
  • 2018: Northern Ontario and British Columbia
  • 2019: Quebec and Alberta
  • 2020: Atlantic Provinces and Saskatchewan
  • 2021: Southern Ontario and Manitoba

There are two-types of performances:

  • Community-based performances:

    The Musical Ride travels to the identified provinces (based on the year) and is hosted by non-profit or charitable organizations. The Musical Ride is the main event and additional entertainment is supplied locally to supplement the RCMP's performance. Tickets can be sold for the performance to recover costs and to support a local cause. The Musical Ride performance supports the mandate of the RCMP and the Government of Canada.

  • Cost recovery performances:

    The Musical Ride may supplement their annual tour with major events in other provinces (subject to logistical feasibility) and with international tours. The Musical Ride has performed at venues in the United States, England, Germany and Switzerland, to name a few. When the Musical Ride is requested to perform at a venue or an event that falls outside their annual tour rotation, the venue is required to pay 100 per cent of the incremental cost of the Musical Ride. The Musical Ride performs at large fairs, exhibitions, horse shows, etc. The Musical Ride is either a feature presentation or a supplementary feature at a major show. An estimate of all costs will be provided.

For telephone enquiries, please contact the Musical Ride tour planner at: 613-993-1485.

Host requirements and pre-tour information

Please review all host requirements and pre-tour information carefully. The RCMP Musical Ride tour planner will review this information with the selected hosts when they complete the pre-tour site inspection and the pre-tour presentation.

General information

  • 36 stalls are required.
  • Provide two extra stalls if available.
  • The stabling should be well ventilated (use portable fans if necessary).
  • A water source with a garden hose connection is required.
  • Provide washroom facilities for members.
  • Electrical and lighting panel must be accessible to the members.
  • A local veterinarian should be identified and available in case of an emergency.
  • A local contact for stable bedding and feed should be identified.
  • Provide an adequate manure disposal site at rear/side of stable facility.
  • Provide parking for the 75-foot Musical Ride equipment/tack trailer next to the stables

Feed and bedding

The following feed for 36 horses is to be provided: hay and complete feed. Daily requirements are approximately:

  • Hay: provide 1,250 pounds (568 kg, small square bales) of #1 - (good quality) 90% Timothy, per day.
    * provide 25 extra bales of #1 - (good quality) 90% Timothy for the Musical Ride horse trailers upon departure to feed the horses while traveling (approximately 1,250 lbs).
  • Complete feed: provide 350 pounds (170 kg) of Purina Equilibrium Fibra Plus #35560 (or equivalent) per day
  • Shavings (preferred) or Straw: provide 72 to 144 bags on arrival and 1 bag per stall per day (actual amount determined during pre-tour visit). Bedding amounts will depend on the type of bedding (shavings or straw) and the size of the stall.
    * provide 36 extra bags of shavings or 20 bales of straw as bedding to take on the Musical Ride horse trailers upon departure.

Stabling requirements

The stables must be ready to receive the 36 Musical Ride horses 24 hours prior to arrival. It is imperative that the stable arrangements made by the Musical Ride Tour Planner are not changed without prior approval.

Types of stabling

The following are different options when stabling the Musical Ride horses and the requirements involved:

Existing stables

  • 36 stalls are required to stable the horses. Please provide 2 additional stalls to store Musical Ride equipment (if available). All other equipment should be removed. The Musical Ride horses should be kept separate from other animals. (Other animals without a valid updated Coggins Test must be kept in a separate building). Stables must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to the Musical Ride's arrival.

Stalls

  • Stalls must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to the Musical Ride's arrival.
  • Two garbage cans will be necessary to assist in keeping the area clean and presentable to the viewing public.
  • Box Stalls: the minimum size permissible is 10 feet wide by 10 feet deep, with a minimum of 7 ½' feet from the floor to the top railing.
    Box Stall
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  • Permanent Standing Stalls: The minimum size permissible is 5 feet wide by 8 feet deep, with a minimum aisle size of 15 feet, i.e. existing stables. (All other stall dimensions refer to arena stabling).
    Standing Stall
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Arena stabling

The following photos demonstrate how an arena was transformed into a temporary stable for the Musical Ride.

Arena Stabling - Example #1 Arena Stabling - Example #2 Typical arena converted into a stable facility Construction of a temporary arena stall
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When stabling in an arena, 12 inches of shavings, no cedar (6 inches of dirt/sand, well packed, covered with 6 inches of shavings or straw is acceptable) is to be placed around the floor surface up to the doors where the horses enter and 25 feet to the centre of the room starting at the boards. Rubber matting or plywood anchored to the floor is acceptable for the entrance area. A plastic sheet (4 inches up the board and 6 inches on the floor) can be used to prevent shavings from accumulating under the floor boards. The protective glass of the arena does not have to be removed. Two large garbage cans will also be required for the arena floor.

When constructing stalls in an arena, stalls are to be created with:

  • 2x6's secured around the tops of the boards - 2x6x12's diagonally secured on top of the 2x6's, the bottom end loose on the floor
  • 8 feet apart minimum -corners of the arena are for storage of feed and extra shavings
  • Stalls will be 8' wide x 12' long

Large building stabling

When stabling in a large building you have different options with regards to stalls. You can use 36 portable box stalls (10'x10'. minimum) or you can build the stalls in the same manner and size as in an arena. The concrete stall floors must be completely covered with shavings or the dirt and bedding combination as mentioned previously. Ensure that the wall where the horses will be tied is solid.

Large building stabling - Example #1 Large building stabling - Example #2 Large building stabling - Example #3
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Temporary structure stabling

Large portable tents that are designed to accommodate horse stalls can be used, however, the minimum requirements to set up stalls are: 10'X10' box stalls. A minimum of 15 feet is required in the aisle.

Musical Ride equipment trailer

15 amp outlet for power source to the trailer is required and space must be provided to park in close proximity to the entrance of the stables.

Stable visits

Where possible the stables are open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily. The public is encouraged to visit the members and horses of the Musical Ride before and after the performances. The members will be pleased to answer any questions and introduce their horses.

Possible show sites

Outdoor show site
Show Site Diagram
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When the Musical Ride performs at an outdoor show site the following is required:

  • A 120 feet by 220 feet grass or dirt surface is to be cordoned off with the use of yellow nylon rope.
  • A path is to be kept clear for the Musical Ride entrance to the show site.
  • The show site should be leveled and be clear of any holes, debris or obstacles.
Indoor show site

When the Musical Ride performs in an indoor show site it will require a space of 100 feet by 200 feet (the minimum is 185 feet by 85 feet). If a hockey arena is used, the floor must be covered with a minimum of 7 inches of packed sand, dirt or stone dust. The show site should be lightly watered if dusty.

Show site requirements

General information

  • The Musical Ride will perform rain or shine, unless the surface is too wet, there is lightning, the wind is too strong, or there are any other unsafe conditions. The decision to postpone or cancel a show will be made on site by the Member in Charge of the Musical Ride tour through discussion with the Host.
  • The Musical Ride performance is approximately 30 minutes in length.

Pre-show

When the Musical Ride is the main event:

  • If there are any performances prior to the Musical Ride's performance they should be no longer than 1 hour in length and must not damage the performance ground of the show site. The host must provide a Master of Ceremonies and music for the pre-show. The Musical Ride should always be the last performance at the event.

When the Musical Ride is a feature at a festival, fair or horse show:

  • The performance must take place before or immediately following a break.

Sound

Supply a sound reinforcement system (amplifier and speakers) with a minimum power of 750 watts. The location of the speakers is to be determined by audience location and through further contact with the Musical Ride Audio Technician/Announcer or the Musical Ride Tour Planner. The Musical Ride Audio Technician/Announcer must have an unobstructed view of the show site with controlled access.

The feed from the Musical Ride music system to the sound reinforcement system is to be a full mix mono balanced line level 1/4 inch connection.

*The system should be put in place two hours before the performance.

Master of ceremonies

The venue must provide an experienced/professional announcer to host the pre-show activities and for the performance of the Musical Ride.

Seating

The Musical Ride performs a variety of intricate choreographed figures which are best appreciated from an elevated view point. The site coordinator should consider placing bleacher seating around the show site or use an existing embankment for spectators to place lawn chairs or blankets. Handicapped accessibility should also be considered as well as VIP seating.

Honoured guests

The Host is required to provide a Guest of Honour to receive the "Salute" from the Musical Ride at each performance. The Host is responsible for the number of guests in honoured guest seating. A list of the guests is to be provided to the Musical Ride for their information only. Appropriate protocol must be used to introduce the Honoured Guests.

Parking

In addition to the show site where the Musical Ride will perform, the site coordinator should consider parking for the spectators. Someone should be tasked with directing vehicles to appropriate parking to make efficient use of the available space. Also consider handicapped parking and VIP parking. Please ensure easy access to the site for the Musical Ride horses and riders (4 tractor trailer units approximately 72 feet long, weighing between 60-65,000 pounds).

Washroom facilities

Permanent or portable washroom facilities should be in place at the show site with access for those with mobility issues.

Safety and security

First aid facilities must be in place at the site in case of emergencies and for immediate transport to medical facilities. You must also consider security around the site. You must arrange to have two armed police officers on-site before, during, and after the performance to ensure public safety.

The Musical Ride tours with

  • 45 personnel, which includes 39 members of the RCMP
  • 4 contracted truck drivers
  • 1 bus driver
  • 1 farrier

The RCMP pays the salary costs of all Musical Ride personnel.

The Musical Ride does not

  • sell merchandise
  • sell tickets to performances

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