Dressed to impress: RCMP’s Musical Ride visits Yukon – North

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. 

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. 

Members of the Spirit Riders 4-H Horse Club let the events with a colour party. (Philippe Morin/CBC)

‘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…

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