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Musical Ride finale, cannon demos at Fort Museum

The Mounted Patrol will perform its final three Musical Rides on Aug. 28 at the Fort Museum.

The Mounted Patrol will carry out its final Musical Rides of the 2021 season Saturday, Aug. 28 at The Fort — Museum of the North West Mounted Police.

The Mounted Patrol will perform its usual ride at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

The season concludes with a special Ride Through the Ages at 2 p.m., with members of the Mounted Patrol dressed in replica uniforms through the decades.

The Mounted Patrol members are Sgt. Madisen Groves on Tank, Cpl. Kaylee Hahn on Maple, Trooper Race Jenkins on Cash, Trooper Blade Arnestad on Five, Trooper Kahlie Koots on Belle, Trooper Malakah Ludwig on Sandy, Trooper Adam Bassett on Cowboy, and Trooper Brooks Perry on NJ.

In addition to the three final performances of the Musical Ride, the Fort Museum will host the South Alberta Horse Artillery.

The South Alberta Horse Artillery members dress in replica uniforms and demonstrate replica weapons based on the 1885 artillery.

The South Alberta Horse Artillery will stage three demonstrations with an 1885 replica cannon Aug. 28 at the Fort Museum.

They perform drills that would have been used in 1885, firing the replica cannon three times during each of four performances at the Fort Museum.

The performances are at 10:45 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. in the Fort Museum’s courtyard.

The Canadian government sent its army, including the Royal Canadian Artillery, west in 1885 to quell the rebellion led by Louis Riel.

Half the army stopped at Qu’Appelle, Sask. while the rest continued to Fort Calgary, on to Fort Edmonton and then east to Fort Battleford.

Both sections of the Canadian Army made their way to Batoche, Sask, to engage in a three-day battle with Riel’s forces.

The army returned to Qu’Appelle and then headed east.