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Horses have always been an important part of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. In the early years they were used for transportation, but now they create a world-renowned spectacle that is a living symbol of Canada — the Musical Ride.
Today, in keeping with tradition, the Musical Ride is performed by a full troop of thirty-two riders and horses, plus the member in charge. The Musical Ride consists of the execution of a variety of intricate figures and cavalry drill choreographed to music. Demanding utmost control, timing and coordination, these movements are formed by individual horses and riders, in two's, four's and eight's at the trot and at the canter. Months of training, practice and many kilometres/miles around the riding school make horse and rider one.
As it is festival seating, the gates will open at 2pm on Saturday, August 30 and 11am on Sunday, August 31.
The event will be held outdoors rain or shine at our show grounds.
There is also a $5 parking fee payable onsite.
The Saturday, August 30 performance is at 5pm. Gates open at 2pm.
The Sunday, August 31 performance is at Noon. Gates open at 11am.
Pre-performance entertainment starts at 3:30 (Saturday) and 11:00am (Sunday). The Pre-Show includes:
- Dog agility
- Trick horse
- 8-team Percheron Driving
- Wild Pink Yonder Trail’s End Parade
The RCMP Musical Ride is a 30-45 minute presentation.
As well, there will be a Kids Zone ($2 donation to Alberta Cancer Foundation), food trucks, and live music.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Children 3 and under are free provided they can sit on your lap.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There is limited onsite parking available. You can also take transit or use the river valley trail system to walk or bike to the event.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
There will be food vendors on site. If you have purchased grass seats, you are welcome to bring a blanket or mat to sit on; however, lawn chairs are discouraged as they may obstruct the view of others.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes, if you are unable to attend, your ticket is transferrable.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes, you need to bring your printed ticket(s) with you.
Whitemud Equine Learning Centre Association
WELCA is a non-profit organization. It is home to a herd of 30 well trained lesson horses, and offers a variety of riding and non-riding programs for people ages six to 65. Its programs benefit many Edmontonians including high-risk youth, aboriginal youth, war veterans, the physically and mentally disabled, and the elderly.
WELCA has been home to the Little Bits Therapeutic Riding Association for persons with disabilities for over 36 years. Therapeutic riding offers children and adults with mental and physical special needs, a fun form of recreation which improves coordination, muscle strength and self-confidence. WELCA partners with therapists specializing in equine-assisted psychology services. Thirty per cent of WELCA riders have special needs.
WELCA has significant opportunities to deliver more programming, but is constrained by poor facilities. Existing facilities are old, stretched to capacity, and need upgrading.
Major redevelopment to create new facilities for WELCA will enable it to meet the local growing demand for equine education, training and events. Our goal is to build an outstanding public facility, open to anyone with an interest in horses, which offers high quality horse-related activities.
WELCA is located in the river valley park, along Fox Drive. Edmonton is the only Canadian city with these services so centrally located. It is one of the only places in North America where citizens can enjoy equine programming in a river valley park.
The River Valley Alliance has identified Whitemud and its need for redevelopment as an important project along Edmonton’s river valley to help bring Edmontonians closer to nature.
For more information, visit www.welca.ca