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RCMP Musical Ride comes to Richmond Aug. 28

One of the more familiar Musical Ride formations is the Dome, which was featured on the back of the 1975 Canadian $50 bill.  -
One of the more familiar Musical Ride formations is the Dome, which was featured on the back of the 1975 Canadian $50 bill.
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Two VIPs will be attending next month’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride, at Twin Oaks Equestrian Centre, 13671 No. 3 Rd., on Wednesday, Aug. 28.

Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon will be joined by the Vancouver Canucks in-house announcer John Ashbridge, who will serve as the event’s emcee.

A Canadian tradition with a rich 137-year history, Musical Ride features 32 horses and riders performing cavalry drills choreographed to music.

The Steveston Rotary Club is the presenting sponsor for the event, which runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Ticket sales will be capped at 3,500, Richmond RCMP Sgt. Cam Kowalski said. Tickets are $5 for children ages six to 11, and $10 for anyone 12 or older. Children five or younger are free.

Proceeds from the event will go to charities strongly linked to the RCMP.

Tickets can be bought in person with cash at the G&F Financial Group in Richmond, including the Richmond Centre Branch, at 7971 Westminster Hwy., and the West Richmond branch, at 120-8900 No. 1 Road.

Tickets can also be purchased online at tinyurl.com/MusicalRideRichmond

Developed in 1876 by members of the North-West Mounted Police in an effort to display their riding ability and entertain the local community, the Musical Ride has evolved into a uniquely Canadian performance enjoyed by tens of thousands of people each year.

Members of Musical Ride are all police officers who have at least two years experience in active police work before volunteering for duty with the team.

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