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Lord Strathcona's Horse - Mounted Troop

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 What is the Strathcona Mounted Troop?

The Strathcona Mounted Troop is an authorized volunteer display unit. The Troop is reminiscent of Lord Strathcona’s Horse in the nineteen twenties and thirties. The twenty-horse, twenty-five member Troop performs the Musical Ride. The ride is drawn from the Regiment’s traditions of the nineteen twenties and thirties.
When was the Troop Formed?

The current Strathcona Mounted Troop was formed in 1977. The original Ceremonial Mounted Troop was formed in 1923 as a means of honouring and maintaining the Cavalry traditions of the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians). The original Troop was disband in 1939 when the Regiment moved to armoured vehicles as Canada joined the world in preparations for the Second World War.
Who are the people in the Troop?

The twenty-five members of the Strathcona Mounted Troop are soldiers of Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians). The members of the Troop volunteer for one or two years to serve in much the same manner as Strathcona’s did in the nineteen twenties. Their daily schedule concentrates on the care of their mounts and equipment, and in cavalry drills and training. In addition, they are responsible to remain ready for active military duty, and must therefore participate in trade specific training. The Troop Leader is Captain Corey McLean and the Troop's Ride Master is Warrant Officer James Clarke.

What is Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians)?

Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) is a regular force armoured unit of the Canadian Forces. The Strathcona’s primary fighting vehicle is the Leopard tank. Its reconnaissance squadron utilizes the Coyote, of the Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) family. The Strathcona’s are the only regular force armoured unit in Western Canada.

Who owns the horses?

The mounts of the Strathcona Mounted Troop are provided through the Ceremonial Mounted Troop Foundation, and remain Foundation property. The mounts are neither purchased by nor maintained by the Canadian Forces or the Department of National Defense.

Does the Army issue the uniforms and equipment?

The uniforms, accoutrements (badges and buttons) saddles and tack are not the property of the Canadian Forces or the Department of National Defense. These items are provided through the Ceremonial Mounted Troop Foundation, and remain Foundation property.

How does the Strathcona Mounted Troop Travel?

Public support is provided in transporting the Strathcona Mounted Troop with regards to personnel and support vehicles. Transportation of our 20 horse trailer is provided by one of our proud sponsors, Bison Transport. The twenty-horse trailer purchased in 1998, however, was provided by the Ceremonial Mounted Troop Foundation with the assistance of the Wild Rose Foundation.

What is the Ceremonial Mounted Troop Foundation?

The Ceremonial Mounted Troop Foundation is a non-profit company registered in the Province of Alberta. This registered charitable organization has the sole object of providing for and maintaining the Strathcona Mounted Troop for the enjoyment of the general public, and to provide public education on Canadian Cavalry heritage, history and tradition. From its inception in 1984, the Foundation has grown from the generosity of Alberta corporations and friends of the Strathcona’s. The primary source of funds remains private donation, and honourariums.

Can the Strathcona Mounted Troop be booked by any organization?

Any organization or individual can book the Strathcona Mounted Troop throughout the active display season May through October. Availability is dependent on the distance from Edmonton, Alberta, and on conflict with annual commitments. The Troop, for instance, is booked for all major events at Spruce Meadows. An information and requirements package will be forwarded to interested parties. Please contact smt@strathconas.ca.

Click here to link to the full Lord Strathcona's Horse website

Affiliate Post Event Reports - Archives

Reports on events held across Canada:

 

Links to Post Event Reports from 2016:

October 7 -- AQHA/MQHA Versatility Ranch Horse Show, Brandon, MB

September 23-24 -- AQHA Hidden Valley Rustic Horse Camp Trail Ride, Merritt, BC

September 9-11 -- AQHA Algonquin Provincial Park Trail Ride, Harcourt, ON

July 15-17 & 22-24 -- AQHA Writing On Stone Provincial Park Trail Ride, Aden, AB

 

Links to Post Event Reports from 2015:

October 9, 2015 -- AQHA/MQHA Versatility Ranch Horse Show, Brandon, MB

June 6-7, 2015 -- NCHA/AQHA Days Cutting, Knutsford, B.C.

 

 

 

AQHA Trail Ride Algonquin Park

The third Canadian AQHA Trail Ride was held in the scenic Algonquin Provincial Park during the weekend of September 9-11, 2016.

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A dozen dedicated trail riders checked in on Friday morning and the first outing took place from 11 AM to 2 PM followed by a bonfire social in the evening. Saturday morning started with a continental breakfast and a 9:30 to 11:30 AM warm up ride, including poker plod activity. After a light lunch, a trail ride from 12:30 to 4 PM was followed by fun activities and a BBQ supper. Sunday morning, breakfast from 8 to 9:30 AM preceded a four hour ride to wind up  the event.

South Algonquin Trails is located at the southern tip of the Algonquin Provincial Park, located between Georgian Bay and the Ottawa River in central Ontario, a favourite destination for Canadian and overseas tourists. Its 7,653 sq. km. are heavily wooded with northern coniferous forest and southern deciduous forest interspersed with over 2,400 lakes and 1,200 km. of streams and rivers. The wide variety of environments in the park allows it to support an uncommon diversity of plant and animal species, and is an important site for wildlife research.

Click here to download the co-hosts description of the Trail Ride 

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AQHA Trail Ride Hidden Valley Rustic Horse Camp

An AQHA trail ride was held at Hidden Valley Rustic Horse Camp during the weekend of September 23-25, 2016.

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This was the Lower Mainland Quarter Horse Association's second annual AQHA trail ride. attracting 30 riders which doubled the previous year's numbers. Riders checked in at 12 noon on Friday and enjoyed breakfast Saturday & Sunday, Roast Beef dinner Saturday with live music. They rode to a home town Cider House, with beautiful views of the lake and the river and the historical ranching community.

Hidden Valley Rustic Horse Camp nestled in the heartland of the Thompson Okanogan, near Merritt, British Columbia. Beautiful trails and spectacular scenery are located in the heart of the Nicola Valley, 271 km. northeast of Vancouver. The Nicola Valley's landscape varies dramatically, from the wind-blasted cliffs of Windy Canyon near Merritt, to the glacial shore-lines of ancient lakes and the rolling grasslands lining Highway 5A.  With such a diverse environment, an abundance of wildlife and vegetation flourish throughout the Nicola Valley. Bears, deer, and moose are found throughout the region, while elk and mountain goats are less common. The forests surrounding Merritt harbour a wide variety of tree species from lodgepole pine, Engelmann spruce, subalpine fir in the highlands to Douglas fir, and ponderosa pine in the benchlands.

 

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AQHA Writing On Stone Trail Ride

Two AQHA trail rides were held in the panoramic Writing On Stone Provincial Park on successive weekends - July 15-17 and 22-24.

Click here to download the original Trail Ride Poster (a PDF file)

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The first scheduled ride filled to the limit of 50 riders immediately, so a second ride was arranged for 25 riders still on the waiting list. Both rides featured check in on Friday noon and trail riding in the late afternoon for 3-4 hours. On Saturday, riding the trails took place from 10 AM to 4 PM, followed by a steak supper. On Sunday morning, riders departed at 10 AM and were back by 1 PM for the event conclusion.
 
Writing On Stone Provincial Park/Áísínai'pi National Historic Site, Where Histories, Stories and Dreams Become One. Set in the prairie grasslands of southern Alberta, Writing-on-Stone/Áísínai'pi is a sacred landscape. The spectacular Milk River valley contains the largest concentration of First Nation petroglyphs (rock carvings) and pictographs (rock paintings) on the great plains of North America.

Click here to download AQHA/CQHA Director Marc Garner's experiences on this trail ride (a PDF file)
 
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