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The Musical Ride

Each year, thousands of people thrill to the final call of Charge! The Musical Ride, with its 32 riders and black horses, tours Canada and internationally from May to October each year. These highly trained athletes perform a variety of dressage movements in twos, fours and eights at a trot and a canter. These movements are set to music, and are a lot of fun to watch.

The Musical Ride dates back to at least 1887 when it was performed officially in Regina. Legend has it that the musical ride may have started as early at 1876 led by Sergeant-Major Robert Belcher, formerly of the 9th Lancers. It was a way for the men to train on horseback as well as amuse themselves and others in their communities.

The Musical Ride, with its beautiful horses, red-coated riders and red and white lances is a colourful tradition and Canadian symbol known around the world.

 
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The Musical Ride