RCMP Musical Ride Draws the largest Carleton Place 200th Anniversary crowd

Posted on: September 16, 2019

An extremely large crowd of well over 2.500 people welcomed the RCMP Musical Ride into Carleton Place on Saturday Sept 14. As part of the town’s 200th anniversary celebrations, this iconic and legendary troop of mounted officers thrilled the audience comprised of residents and visitors of all ages. 32 riders and theirhorses gave a flawless performance of intricate figures and drills choreographed to music. These movements demand the utmost control, timing and coordination.

The afternoon event was opened with remarks by Carleton Place Mayor, Doug Black, local MP Scott Reid, MPP Randy Hillier, and Lanark County Warden and Beckwith Reeve Richard Kidd. After receiving the mayor’s ceremonial permission to proceed the riders and horses wowed the crowd with precision dressage movements that draw on the service’s long history of public protection across the country. 50 communities each year are selected to receive a Musical Ride performance and the mayor took the time to thank the 200th anniversary committee, among others, for their work in bringing this world-renown display to Carleton Place.

Article and Photos by Brian Turner