Peterborough, ON – One of Canada’s most recognized icons, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Musical Ride, will be performing at The Peterborough Agricultural Society grounds at 11 Roger Neilson Way on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016, hosted by PARD Therapeutic Riding (PARD).

Imagine a troop of 32 horses and uninformed riders performing a variety of cavalry drills choreographed to music. The RCMP Musical Ride represents a colourful Canadian tradition that is awe-inspiring to behold. Working through a unique medium, they support the RCMP community policing efforts throughout Canada. The President of PARD, Angie Muir, is thrilled to be spearheading this fundraising effort for the more than 30-year old therapeutic riding organization. “The show is something every Canadian should see in their lifetime. For me, the RCMP Musical Ride is a symbol of patriotic pride and this is a rare opportunity to see them. The tour brings them to Ontario every four years, and it’s been almost 30 years since they were in Peterborough. I think it is a tremendous honour to welcome them to our beautiful city again.”

One of the PARD riders, in particular, Hannah, is very familiar with the RCMP Musical Ride. Her aunt is a member of the elite drill team and encouraged Hannah and her family to introduce her to horseback riding. Having joined PARD in 2011, Hannah is now a steadfast horse-lover and competes in equestrian events. In fact, it was Hannah’s aunt that suggested PARD apply to bring the Musical Ride to Peterborough – not only as a fundraising opportunity – but also as a way to raise awareness about PARD. Horses are the core of PARD’s program, providing the physical, emotional and psychological benefits of therapeutic riding to individuals regardless of age, ability, or financial means.

In addition to the two shows on September 7th, area residents will have an opportunity to see the RCMP horses up close while they are housed in Peterborough for six days in the fairground barns. Ryan Moore, President of the Peterborough Agricultural Society, is excited to extend a warm welcome to everyone to visit the barns and see the Musical Ride.

Many correctly associate The Peterborough Agricultural Society with the local farming community, but Moore explains that while “the Ag Society is committed to agricultural awareness and innovation in the Peterborough area, we do this through developing partnerships and by creating a dialogue about agriculture and its far-reaching impact. We hope that through this event we will be able to heighten awareness of the Ag Society’s broader scope.

“We feel it is important to introduce people in our community to agriculture through providing experiences, dialogue and opportunities to engage. We are happy to partner with PARD to help people with differing abilities have access to riding instruction.” By partnering with PARD and helping to bring the RCMP Musical Ride to Peterborough, the Agricultural Society is committed to showing the community their dedication to community events and supporting a variety of area interests.

Moore and his team were first approached by PARD to partner because, as Muir says, “it seemed like a natural fit. Organizing this event is a large undertaking for anyone, and PARD turned to the Ag Society as a partner for their experience, strength in the community and access to resources.” The Musical Ride was developed in 1876 by early members of the North-West Mounted Police to display their riding ability and entertain the local community. It has evolved over the decades into a uniquely Canadian performance enjoyed by tens of thousands of spectators every year.

Members of the Musical Ride are first and foremost police officers. They all have at least two years’ experience in active police work before volunteering for duty with the Musical Ride. Surprisingly, most have no prior riding experience.

Showtime is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on September 7th with a pre-show expected to start at 6:30 p.m. General admission tickets can be purchased in advance through www.snapd.com for $10, or $12 at the gate. Children 2 years of age and under will be admitted free. Cash purchase of tickets may be made at the Memorial Centre box office as well as select businesses around town (locations to be confirmed).

For more information, contact

  • PARD Therapeutic Riding, info@pard.ca, tel 705-742-6441, www.pard.ca
  • The Peterborough Agricultural Society, info@peterboroughex.ca, tel 705-741-5781