Dressed to impress: RCMP's Musical Ride visits Yukon
Local hockey arena transformed into stables as 32 horses brought north for travelling show
The RCMP's Musical Ride visited Whitehorse this weekend. Officers wore their red dress uniforms with their boots shined and hat brims pressed straight, looking like Sergeant Preston of the Yukon.
The production has brought up 32 black Hanoverian horses on which officers perform precision drills. The show has historic roots as far back as the 1870s when the mounted police were still trained in cavalry techniques.
The Musical Ride has been touring across Canada as part of Canada 150 events. The show has three performances this weekend in Whitehorse before heading to Skagway, Alaska.
Some things have changed since the 1870s.
For starters the opening music is now an instrumental version of Bachman-Turner Overdrive's Takin' Care of Business.
From hockey to horses: Volunteers helped transform <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Whitehorse?src=hash">#Whitehorse</a>'s Takhini arena into a stable for the RCMP Musical Ride. <a href="https://t.co/iDjNNaiW4r">pic.twitter.com/iDjNNaiW4r</a>—@YukonPhilippe
Hockey arena transformed into stable
Police horses have been staying at the Takhini Arena in Whitehorse.
RCMP Const. Aaron Harder, from Dauphin, Man., is one of the 36 travelling staff in Whitehorse for the event. He thanks volunteers who helped with accommodations. The City of Whitehorse also contributed labour to melting the ice and covering part of the concrete with sand and wood chips for the horses.
"All the sand, the shavings, the stalls, that was all set up when we rolled in," Harder said,"they've done an amazing job,"
Volunteers have been helping to organize and run the show.
'It's just so Canadian'
Mary Seely is one of about 125 volunteers who helped the show happen. She was selling Musical Ride hats Saturday and saw the ride in Dawson some years back.
"It's just so Canadian," she said.
Saturday's performance featured Yukon country musician Hank Karr who has been singing about the territory for more than 50 years.
Karr performed at least six songs in a row as there were some delays with police horses. The procession arrived a full hour after the scheduled start time.
The show did however have an opening equestrian act.
Members of Yukon`s Spirit Riders 4-H Horse Club performed some drills and held banners in what's called a colour party.
The Spirit Riders recently travelled to Ottawa to see the Musical Ride perform. Marina Boulerice was there and says it's impressive to see the riders do complicated moves, like a barn dance on horses.
"It was really cool and really complicated," she says.
The <a href="https://twitter.com/rcmpgrcpolice">@rcmpgrcpolice</a> Musical Ride in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Whitehorse?src=hash">#Whitehorse</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Yukon?src=hash">#Yukon</a> today. <a href="https://t.co/B0gDKWATzN">pic.twitter.com/B0gDKWATzN</a>—@YukonPhilippe