On July 16, Salmon Arm residents and summer visitors were treated to one of the most spectacular shows going – the RCMP Musical Ride (Royal Canadian Mounted Police). Over 3,400 people attended two sold-out performances, one in the afternoon and another in the evening. The RCMP Musical Ride is performed by a full troop of 32 riders and their horses. Their performance consists of intricate figures and drills choreographed to music. The riders act as ambassadors of goodwill who promote the RCMP’s image throughout Canada and the world and help raise thousands of dollars for local charities and non-profit organizations. The riders in their traditional red serge dress uniforms and the beautiful black Hanoverian horses certainly made a dramatic and eye-catching event.
The performances in Salmon Arm were hosted jointly by the Rotary Club of Salmon Arm, and The Salmon Arm and Shuswap Lake Agricultural Association. Rotary has been active in Salmon Arm and the Shuswap since 1946, and the Agricultural Association has been around since 1897, holding an annual Fall Fair almost continuously since then.
Over $52,000 was raised during this event, with over 500 hours of volunteer service from Rotary, Friends of Rotary, the RCMP Veterans’ Association, and the Agricultural Association.
The performers received standing ovations after both performances, and the Musical Ride personnel were more than pleased with the performance and horse facilities, and the involvement of both hosting organizations.