The Virden Community Chamber of Commerce (VCCC) presents the RCMP Musical Ride, Thursday, July 14 at the Agricultural Society Fairgrounds. This will be their first time in Virden since 1978. This event will bring in people from all across We s t m a n and parts of Eastern Saskatchewan.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride member, Janis Kelly said, “Virden can expect a spectacular show as both horses and riders (32) perform a combination of coordinated drills and maneuvers that come to a brief pause as the Musical Ride forms the well known ‘Dome’ and a brilliant conclusion with ‘The Charge’ as horses and riders sprint from one end of the arena to the other.”
The RCMP Musical Ride started in 1876 by members of the North- West Mounted Police to display their riding ability and entertain the local community. This unique colourful Canadian tradition consists of 32 horses, and riders performing various cavalry drills choreographed to music – enjoyed by thousands of people each year.
“My first year as a Musical Ride Member has been both challenging and exciting.” Kelly continued,
“While I worked to overcome the fear of falling off the horse, our knowledgeable Commanding Offi cers and trainers taught us how to approach the horses, groom and care for them, care for the stables, and the equitation skills needed to perform to the high standard of the Musical Ride show.”
Along with the Musical Ride there will also be other entertainment; infl atable bouncers for the kids, face-painting, live entertainment, souvenirs, 50/50 draw, and meet and greet with the horses and riders following the show. The special live entertainment for the evening is local artist Kendra Kay; 2015 MCMA Female Artist of the Year.
“This is my first time doing a full band show in Virden I have played by myself in Virden in the .past but I am looking forward to fi nally get to have the full band behind me for everyone to see,” Kay explained, “I am always excited to get to perform, but in front of a local crowd makes it even better! It’s a pretty special feeling to have your biggest supports, friends and family cheering you on and I can’t wait!”