Mounted police seminar (MPS)

2017 Seminar Dates

  • 2017-1: CANCELLED
  • 2017-2: CANCELLED
  • 2017-3: CANCELLED

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride Branch is cancelling all three 2017 Mounted Police Seminars due to an ongoing re-prioritisation and re-organization of our available resources. Please visit our website in late 2017 to view the proposed dates for the 2018 Mounted Police Seminars. We apologize for any inconvenience the cancellation of the 2017 Mounted Police Seminars may have caused you.

Since 1988, the world famous Musical Ride Branch has proudly offered a two week Mounted Police Seminar (MPS) to outside Mounted Law Enforcement Units. The seminar takes place three times a year, between February and April in Ottawa, Ontario at the Canadian Police College, Musical Ride Stables. During the seminar, qualified staff/instructors, who are responsible for training all our horses and riders, are available to you. By opening our doors to our national and international law enforcement partners, the RCMP Musical Ride Branch gives qualified candidates the opportunity to receive free equitation training, with the full use of our facilities, horses and trainers at our equestrian center.

There is no charge for the seminar, however, candidates are responsible for their own travel costs, including transportation to and from the seminar, accommodations, meals and vehicle rentals if necessary. Free parking is available for course candidates at the Canadian Police College (CPC) where the seminar takes place. Meals can also be purchased on site at the cafeteria. Candidates are free to choose their accommodations, however, special rates can be obtained for local full service hotels conveniently located near the seminar and within walking distance to shopping and restaurants.

Please note that we can assist those who wish to make booking arrangements under the name of the Mounted Police Seminar. As a cost saving option, candidates may choose to room in pairs. The approximate cost for a double room is $100.00 CAD per night.

During each seminar riders will receive training on basic dressage movements along with an introduction to jumping techniques. Our teaching and riding follows classical training, so only English style equipment is used. Please note that candidates are responsible for all stable duties, which includes feeding the horses, grooming, cleaning stalls, tack, and etc. The Musical Ride Branch offers its services in both of Canada's official languages (French and English).

To qualify for the seminar, candidates must meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Be a member of a full-time accredited mounted unit within their police department, OR
  2. Participate in a part-time and/or volunteer mounted law enforcement program.

The RCMP Musical Ride Branch reserves the right to accept or refuse any applicant(s), grant special requests, or make any change(s) to the selection criteria.

All requests sent (see attached form) to the Musical Ride Branch will be reviewed and entered on a master list. Selected candidates will be contacted and notified of the date of their seminar. Candidates will be assigned a spot in the seminar on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to those who meet the criteria listed above.

Application forms of candidates who applied and were not selected will be retained and given priority for the following year. Please note, candidates must re-apply each year in order to be considered.


The RCMP Musical Ride Branch will only contact applicants selected for one of the three seminars offered each year. Applicants who were unsuccessful will not receive further correspondence.


Every MPS is comprised of members from many different mounted law enforcement units. The seminar provides an excellent opportunity to exchange and share equine information as well as training methods. It also provides an important link to other police organizations.

For more information on our Mounted Police Seminar contact us at: (Country code) 613-998-0754

Additional Information:

  1. Proper riding apparel (i.e. boots and breeches or leather chaps/leggings as well as a riding helmet) is mandatory for the seminar.
  2. If you wish to take photographs or to attend any formal functions, dress uniform should be worn.
  3. All riding will take place inside a heated riding school, however, winter in Ottawa can be quite cold with the potential for heavy snow, so warmer clothing should be considered for extracurricular activities that may occur during the Feb/Mar courses. The April course will be somewhat warmer (spring weather).
  4. Do not bring firearms into Canada.
  5. Report to Building "E" @ 08:00 hrs on first morning of seminar. (campus map)
  6. Hours of instruction will be from 08:00hrs to 16:30hrs Monday to Friday.
  7. MPS participants will be required to sign a waiver of liability.

Musical Ride Centre address/location:

RCMP Musical Ride Branch
1 Sandridge Rd.
P.O. Box 8900
Ottawa, Ontario,

The Musical Ride riding school is fully heated, while its large windows welcome the morning sun. It is also equipped with a full sound control room, speakers, and a large seating area (bleachers) on the second floor behind a full glass wall for any visitor(s).

Sample of Seminar Schedules

(L) - Lecture
(D) - Demonstration

Week #1

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
0800 Intro of instuctors
- Course Orientation (Syllabus)
(D) Clean stables
- Groom horses & tack up 12 horses
Clean stables, groom horses, tack up 12 horses Clean stables, groom horses, tack up 12 horses Clean stables, groom horses, tack up 12 horses

"Red Serge and Black Horses"

Tour of stables



(D) Control of Horse by the proper use of hands, legs, seat

(D) Halt, Walk, Trot, Rising/Sitting

(D) Leg & Rein aids
- Rising trot, leg yielding & rein back
Canter aids
review systematic warm-up & troop drill (single file, #, flanks, turns, single file L&R, circles, etc.)
1030 Break

(L) School etiquette, terminology & mounted exercises

(D) Lunging

Clean tack, groom & feed Clean tack, groom & feed Clean tack, groom & feed Clean tack, groom & feed
1200 Lunch
1300 Groom & tack up 4 horses Groom & tack up 12 horses

(L) Lecture Room - Collection Presentation

Tack up 12 horse

No riding

Class Photos

Groom & tack up 12 horses

- use of whips
- voice
- etc.

(D) Cleaning Tack

Halt, Walk, Trot, Rising/Sitting

(D) Systematic warm-up - Cycle of impulsion (S/M Stewart)

(D) Turn on Forehand
- Systematic warm-up + leg yielding

(D) 3 & 4 year old remounts (Cpl/Sgt)

(L) what to look for in a horse - conformation

Instructors Discretion
1530 Break
1600 Clean tack, groom & feed Clean tack, groom & feed Clean tack, groom & feed Feed Clean tack, groom & feed

Week #2

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
0800 Groom & tack up 12 horses Groom & tack up 12 horses Groom & tack up 12 horses Groom & tack up 12 horses Stable duties (Muck out)
0915 School:
- Review Systematic warm-up
- review canter aids
- warm up
- leg yielding
- canter
- review all riding to date
-Discipline Schooling
- Q. marker, canter
- H. marker, walk
- Q. marker, halt
- etc.
- Seat
- Hands
- use of aids

Course Critique
Cpl. Hoen

Presentation of Certificates

End of Course

1030 Break Travel Home
1100 Clean tack, groom & feed Clean tack, groom & feed Clean tack, groom & feed Clean tack, groom & feed
1200 Lunch
1300 Groom & tack up 12 horses Groom & tack up 12 horses No riding Groom & tack up 12 horses
1400 School:
- Use of ground poles (Stiff horses)
-Figure 8
- Review all riding to date
- gym link + 2 individual jumps
Visit HQ Canteen and National Operations Centre School:
- warm up
- small jump course
1530 Break
1600 Clean tack, groom & feed Clean tack, groom & feed Feed Clean tack, groom & feed
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