Strathmore could be one of the stops for the RCMP Musical Ride in the summer of 2019.
Ryan Schmidt, the new chief executive officer of the Strathmore and District Agricultural Society, proposed that the musical ride perform during the 2019 Strathmore Stampede and Heritage Days celebration.
“It’s a tour with 32 active members riding some of the most fantastic horses that you have every seen. The ride is known throughout the nation and it has travelled throughout the world,” he said.
“In 2019 the ride will be touring Alberta and we do have an opportunity to bring it to the Strathmore Stampede. We’ve been in discussions with the RCMP about this,” he said. The Musical Ride has not been to Strathmore since 1983.
“They won’t be back touring Alberta until 2023, so we think that this is a really great opportunity and we think there’s some great benefits for Strathmore, not only for the ag. society, but for the town,” said Schmidt.
The agricultural society suggests that the performance can boost the number of attendees to the annual stampede and heritage days celebration.
“I think there’s going to be a lot of people coming here from across the province and parts of the country and even perhaps the U.S.,” he said.
The agricultural society requested the use of the Strathmore Family Centre’s blue arena as a covered stable for horses for a period of two weeks. They are also requesting the use of staff time and a few bobcats to move items like hay and for cleanup after the event.
The musical ride would perform each day before the rodeo.
“The ride does draw a fair bit of media attention. I think it’s an opportunity for the town, for the council and the ag. society to really showcase this as a thriving community and also show off our proud farming and ranching heritage,” said Schmidt.
The town plans to have a response by next Wednesday, the day of the town’s committee of the whole council meeting.