RCMP Musical Ride a Canadian tradition

The RCMP Musical Ride performances Aug. 13 and14 at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds in Courtenay are receiving encouraging support.

The RCMP Musical Ride performances Aug. 13 and14 at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds in Courtenay are receiving encouraging support.

The event already has a number of gold and silver level supporters such as: the Comox Valley Record; the Comox Valley Regional District; RCMP Courtney Detachment; Re/Max Ocean Pacific Reality; Quality Foods; Sunwest RV Centre; Sue Medley; Kenny Shaw; and Coastal Transportation & Storage.

It has been four years since the Musical Ride visited our community and there is no way of knowing when it shall return. The Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society (CVTRS) is proud to have been chosen to host this show again.

The RCMP Musical Ride represents a colourful Canadian tradition. The troupe of 32 horses and riders will perform a variety of cavalry drills choreographed to music. Working through a unique

medium, they support the RCMP community policing efforts throughout Canada.

Two evening performances are scheduled this year starting at 6 p.m. The pre-ride entertainment will feature Kenny Shaw on Aug. 13 and Sue Medley and the Back Road Band on Aug. 14.

The 32 horse troupe will arrive in the Comox Valley in the afternoon of Aug. 12.

During their stay the public can come to the Exhibition Grounds (4839 Headquarters Rd.) to meet and greet the riders and their horses in the stable area behind the big barn. The stable viewing hours are Aug. 12 from 4 to 9 p.m. and Aug. 13 and 14 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (closed during shows).

Tickets cost $10 in advance and $12 at the gate. Children six and younger are free. Tickets are available at Roxanne’s Fashions, Blue Heron Books, Whale’s Tale Toys, both Royal Bank branches, the Coastal Community Credit Union–Ryan Road Branch, RCMP Courtenay at 800 Ryan Rd. and the Sid Williams Theatre.

See www.sidwilliamstheatre.com to order online or call 250-338-2420.

Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the CVTRS. For more information, see www.cvtrs.com or contact Const. Nicole Hall at 250-338-1321 or nicole.hall@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

CVTRS provides a therapeutic riding program for children and adults with physical, mental or emotional challenges. It has  operated since 1987 and currently operates two barns with 16 horses, over 150 riders, and 175 volunteers helping to deliver this very valuable community service.

— Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society

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