The RCMP Musical Ride spent three days in the horse capital of British Columbia, entertaining crowds at the Thunderbird Equestrian Show Park from Friday to Sunday.
The ride, which goes back to 1887, performs traditional cavalry manoeuvres typical of those used by British military units of the 19th century.
The 32 riders and specially bred black horses were hosted by, and supported through ticket sales, the Special Olympics.
Representatives from Special Olympics and the Langley RCMP were on the field to watch as the riders headed out and performed a variety of traditional precision riding moves, including the wagon wheel and the dome, which was on the back of the Canadian $50 bill for many years.
All the riders with the group are volunteers, and many have never sat on the back of a horse before they take up their three years of duty in the ride.
"It's always exciting to see the RCMP Musical Ride come to our community," said Supt. Derek Cooke, the head of the Langley RCMP detachment. "The ride represents the proud traditions of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Canada. We are particularly fortunate the proceeds will benefit such a worthwhile cause as the Special Olympics."
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