They were in town as part of their national tour and to support the Bruce Denniston Bone Marrow Society. Bruce Denniston was a Powell River RCMP officer who died from leukaemia.
Before the show we were allowed in the stables to take pictures of the horses. Riders are regular police officers who must epitomise the high standards of the force. 100s apply but only fifteen or sixteen will complete the rigorous training and join the ride each year. They stay for three years and then return to their previous duties.
|Do you think he looks like Prince Harry?|
|Another fine young man|
Then my daughter threatened to take the camera away from me, so I had to behave. Slightly over half the riders are female.
The discipline of horse and rider was impressive.
The ride began in the late 1800s to provide a challenge for the men and add a fun activity to the tedium of outpost life. It has since become a dearly loved part of our heritage not to mention a valuable public relations tool.
It was a fun evening and I left feeling proud of Canada, our history and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
More info on the ride here.