The Musical Ride
- 2015: Atlantic Provinces and Saskatchewan
- 2016: Southern Ontario, North Western Ontario (Thunder Bay west) and Manitoba
- 2017: North Western Quebec, Northern Ontario and British Columbia
- 2018: Quebec and Alberta
A spectacle known around the world...
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/miles 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.
The RCMP Musical Ride tours throughout Canada, as well as international venues, performing at approximately forty to fifty locations a year between the months of May and October. Thirty-six riders, thirty-six horses, a farrier, a technical production manager and three NCOs travel with the Musical Ride.
Join us for the Canadian Sunset Ceremonies, June 24-28, 2015!
The Sunset Ceremonies is a time-honoured tradition in Ottawa, featuring the world-famous RCMP Musical Ride and the signature Sunset Ceremony. The theme this year celebrates the 50th anniversary of our national flag.
New for 2015 is the "Sunset pre-show," featuring up-and-coming young Canadian recording artists, from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. nightly.
- June 24 - Angela Marie
- June 25 - The Brothers Dubé
- June 26 - The Abrams Brothers
- June 27 – Mark Masri
- June 28 - The BelleRegards
The performance line-up has something for all ages including:
- Equestrian Abilities Show Mounted Arms Display
- RCMP/Ottawa Police Service Pipes and Drums and Dancers
- Central Band of the Canadian Forces
- Rescue dogs from the Ottawa Valley Search & Rescue Dog Association
- Kids' Zone that will include the DND kids' obstacle course, petting zoo, face painting and much more.
Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the show! The RCMP Foundation will be accepting donations on site in support of Canadian youth initiatives in communities across Canada. Please be generous.
Free Admission/Parking/Public Transportation
Free parking directly off the Sir George-Étienne-Cartier Parkway (former the Rockcliffe Parkway) or take OC Transpo Route #7.
- Kids' Zone: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Pre-show: 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Event: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Musical Ride Centre
1 Sandridge Road | RCMP Rockcliffe Stables
Ottawa, Ontario K1G 3J2 CANADA
*If show is canceled due to weather, information will be provided by 5 p.m. on our website and social media.
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