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Conditions were ideal yesterday evening to take in the R.C.M.P'S "world famous" Musical Ride on their annual visit to Selkirk, Manitoba. The mounties have been performing this exibition since "Noah" himself was a cowboy! wink

Their precise horsemanship display while mounted on those beautiful ad well groomed horses is a sight to behold if you have never had the privilege!

The Red uniforms that the mounties ware while on parade or while tendng many public functions is called the "Red Serge". It was once the standard uniform for the mounties and was originated back in the days (18TH century) when the mounties were called the "North West Mounted Police". Eventually their name was changed to the "Royal Canadian Mounted Police" or R.C.M.P. which stands today.

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Unfortunately, the venue for this incedible exibition is not photography friendly. It's held in the rodeo exibitions grounds and the space is limited for the horses to really showcase their many talents. Another downside is the lousy backdrops that are totally unavoidable. Things like railed fences and grand stands don't make for great phot results at least not IMO.

I would have loved to have been located about 100 directly overhead while the "Ride" was performing their routine, it's really spectacular and these pic's do not give real justice.

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After reviewing the many captures I took during this event, I found one that was rather appealing. Here it appears that the mountie is earning his trust with these kids. It appears that he has at least won over one of these kids, judging by the smile on the lad's face! (Maybe a future "Mountie" in the works)! wink

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Catmendo - great shots !

I've them only on TV - what an awesome show. I wou;d love to see that in person some day. Very cool !

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Stu the contrast of the Surge,black pants and the yellow stripes along with the black horses really looks neat. Now if you could only have a chance to shoot them on a soccer field surround by woods grin

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