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UPDATE: Aurora's flight overhead for RCMP Musical Ride is cancelled
UDPATE: Due to mechanical problems, the Aurora won't be flying over Richmond for the RCMP Musical Ride.
ORIGINAL STORY: The distinctive overhead roar of an Aurora long-range military patrol plane—flying low and slow over Twin Oaks equestrian facility—will mark the arrival of the RCMP’s Musical Ride in Richmond next week.
RCMP Sgt. Cam Kowalski said organizers wanted to make the first-ever local performance of the team of 32 horses and riders in Richmond truly special. So unlike other B.C. performances, what locals will see is a truly one-of-a-kind treat, courtesy of the Royal Canadian Air Force.
The Wednesday, Aug. 28 performance features a team of horses and riders performing cavalry drills choreographed to music at the equestrian facility south of Steveston Highway, at 13671 No. 3 Rd. The Steveston Rotary Club is the presenting sponsor for the event, which runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Musical Ride is a rich Canadian tradition that dates back 137 years.
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.
According to the RCMP’s website, it was inevitable that traditional cavalry drill movements would be incorporated into the performance as the original Mounted Police had British military backgrounds.
While legend has it that the first Musical Ride was performed in 1876, the first officially recorded Musical Ride was performed in Regina in 1887, and was for the first time put on public display in 1901.
Most of today’s members were non-riders prior to taking equestrian training with the RCMP, and only remain with Musical Ride for three years.
Between 2,000 and 3,000 people are expected to take in the spectacle, with bleachers set up to accommodate between 800 and 1,000 people.
The field to the south of Twin Oaks has been acquired for parking for all vehicles.
Locals are invited to bring their blankets and beach chairs and sit around the arena wherever they’d like.
Prior to the big performance, there will be a police dog demonstration, and the Steveston Taiko Drummers will be showing their skills.
There will be five food trucks on site, the RCMP’s helicopter is scheduled to be there, along with other local specialty units including the emergency response team, and the marine unit.
Tickets—$5 for children ages six to 11, and $10 for anyone 12 or older, free for children five or younger—can also be obtained online at tinyurl.com/MusicalRideRichmond
Ticket sales will be capped at 3,500.
Tickets can also be bought in person with cash at the Gulf & Fraser credit unions in Richmond, including the Richmond Centre Branch, at 7971 Westminster Hwy., and the West Richmond branch, at 120-8900 No. 1 Road.