Mounted police seminar (MPS)
- 2020-1: February 17 to 28
- 2020-2: April 20 to May 1
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 2-3 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. There are local full service hotels conveniently located near the seminar and within walking distance to shopping and restaurants.
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:
- Be a member of a full-time accredited mounted unit within their police department, OR
- 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 seminars offered each year. Applicants who were unsuccessful will not receive further correspondence.
* Candidates who were not accepted must apply every year *
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
- Proper riding apparel (i.e. boots and breeches or leather chaps/leggings as well as a riding helmet) is mandatory for the seminar.
- If you wish to take photographs or to attend any formal functions, dress uniform should be worn.
- 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).
- Do not bring firearms into Canada.
- Report to Building "E" @ 08:00 hrs on first morning of seminar. (campus map)
- Hours of instruction will be from 08:00hrs to 16:30hrs Monday to Friday.
- 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
CANADA, K1A 0R2
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
(P) - Practical exercise
|0800||Intro of Instructors and Welcome Course Orientation Demo -Grooming - Tacking Up – Adjustments||Groom Horses |
|Groom Horses |
|Groom Horses |
|Groom Horses |
|0930||(L) School etiquette and terminology |
|School: (D&P) Control of Horse by the Proper use of hands, legs, seat |
Artificial Aids: D&P Halt, Walk, Rising / Sitting Trot
|Horses School |
(D&P) Turn on Forehand and leg yielding, rein back
|School: Systematic |
warm-up and leg yielding and turn on forehand,
D&P Canter aids
Review systematic warm-up and troop drill
|1100||Clean tack, groom and feed||Clean tack, groom and feed||Clean tack, groom and feed||Clean tack, groom and feed||Clean tack, groom and feed|
|1300||Groom and tack horses||Groom and tack horses||Groom and tack horses||Class Photos |
Groom and tack horses
|Groom and tack horses|
Lunging - Practical
Lunging, use of whips / voice
|(D&P) Systematic -Warm-up, Leg and Rein Aids, Rising Trot.||School: Systematic warm up (D&P) Cycle of Impulsion||Review A.M.||Instructors Discretion|
|1600||Clean tack, groom and feed||Clean tack, groom and feed||Clean tack, groom and feed||Clean tack, groom and feed||Clean tack, groom and feed|
|0800||Groom and tack horses||Groom and tack horses||Groom and tack horses||Groom and tack horses||Course Critique |
Presentation of Certificates
|0900||Review systematic Warmup, use of ground poles (stiff horses) Figure 8||School: |
Warm up, Troop Drill
|Watch Musical Ride Rehearsal |
Q. Marker, canter
H. Marker, walk
Q. Marker-halt, etc.
|Review all to date|
|1100||Clean tack, groom and feed||Clean tack, groom and feed||Clean tack, groom and feed||Clean tack, groom and feed|
|1300||Groom and tack horses||Groom and tack horses||No riding |
Three and four year old remounts
|Groom and tack horses||Course ends|
Review canter aids
Gym line and individual jumps
|Demo on lunging||Collection exercises |
- Shoulder in
- Turn on the haunches
- Rein Back
|1600||Clean tack, groom and feed||Clean tack, groom and feed||Feed||Clean tack, groom and feed|
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