Yukiko, Erika, Maria, Elizabeth, Matthew, Auntie Janice, Auntie Janice's friend Jess and I all met up at the RCMP Stables to see the Musical Ride. We only had the manual lens due to the other lens malfunctioning (boo!), hence blurry photos.
Elizabeth was very excited to see "dancing horses". We thought we'd been very clever in going an hour early to secure a parking space and piece of lawn. Let's just say that there is a lot more to the event than the Musical ride. Safety Bear was parading around the grounds, volunteers were handing out stickers and tattoos, mounties were available for photos and were letting small children climb all over their vehicles while activating their sirens. Everyone else arrived much earlier than we did, but luckily St Columba was offering paid parking fairly close by!
Elizabeth had her fingerprints taken and did a colour changing experiment. There was cotton candy. And popcorn. And ice cream. And lollipops. (So much for our brilliant idea of brushing teeth before leaving the house!)
The police dogs did an agility competition. Gunmen shot at balloons and waved around swords while jumping their horses over obstacles. The Emergency Response Team demonstrated the world's slowest high speed chase, disabling the car amid billows of smoke and taking down the "bad guy" with great vim and vigour in a kind of strange ad for joining the RCMP. I mean, surely the kind of person attracted to joining the RCMP on the basis of throwing smoke bombs at cars isn't the kind of person that would pass their pysch profile. Right??? There was a pipe and drum band. And highland dancers.
And then the horses danced.