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Canadian icon rides in Grande Prairie this weekend

Tomorrow afternoon, members of the RCMP Musical Ride will be arriving in Grande Prairie for two shows at Revolution Place.

Both Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., 32 horses and their riders will perform as one of Canada’s most recognized icons.

At the helm will be Constable Brent Dobinson, who’s an instructor in his fifth year with the ride.

“My role is to make sure that the riders are doing their job, basically all the horses are being groomed properly, and then I do the cadence for the moves, so I set the pace for the ride and I do all the signals for the movement for the ride, and other than that I’m just another rider up front.”

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Dobinson originally hails from Red Deer, but spent four years at the Faust detachment between High Prairie and Slave Lake, so he’s been to Grande Prairie before for courses.

His first performance was at the 2010 Olympic Games, and he’s stayed with it, drawn to a history that dates back to 1876.

“I love the pride and tradition of it. I grew up actually not growing up so much about the Musical Ride. As I became a member of the RCMP I really got into the history and the tradition and the pride of the force; it’s something that you can’t ignore.”

Tickets are still available for both performances.

The stables will also be open to the public from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday through Monday.

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