Strathcona Mounted Troop, a musical and active display of Canadian military history
Witness an important part of Canadian history and enjoy a colourful, musical and active display of equestrian skill and military tradition by the Strathcona Mounted Troop.
Comprised of 20 horses and 25 Royal Canadian soldiers dressed in period uniform, the troops will perform a 35-minute musical ride, including a tent-pegging demonstration, each day throughout the long weekend to commemorate their national military heritage and cavalry traditions. They will perform Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Thunderbowl and on Monday in the Agrifair Arena.
The Strathcona Mounted Troop, originally formed by Donald Smith (Lord Strathcona and Mounted Royal) in the year 1900 during the “wild, wild west” era, was a regiment of cavalry consisting of Canadian cowboys and frontiersmen as well as members of the North West Mounted Police.
This regiment of cowboys and frontiersmen fought bravely on horseback in several small and bloody battles throughout the South African Boer War, with many members hired as scouts due to their background. As the Second World War approached in 1939, the Strathcona Mounted Troop were disbanded and replaced by heavy armoured cavalry.
In order to preserve its history and keep tradition alive, the current ceremonial Strathcona Mounted Troop (formed in 1977) perform at various fairs and rodeos throughout the country each year.
Twenty-five soldiers proudly volunteer their time for up to two years, caring for their mounts and equipment as well as taking part in training and cavalry drills. During this time they must also carry out active military duties.
Horse maintenance, uniforms and equipment are paid for through the Strathcona Mounted Troop Foundation which relies on the generous donations and honorariums received by its members, service clubs, private individuals, as well as cities and other organizations.
Don’t miss your opportunity to observe this historical event and help keep our living history alive.
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