The Strathcona Mounted Troop is coming to the 159th Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival!
This colourful Troop preserves the history of the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) which was formed in the 1900s as a cavalry regiment.
The current full dress uniform is patterned around the regimental uniforms of the 1920s. It is the No. 1 dress, and consists of a scarlet tunic with myrtle green facings, and a dragoon helmet with red and white plume.
The Troop consists of 20 soldiers who come from uniformed organizations such as the Canadian Regular Force and Primary Reserve, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Coast Guard. The Troop performs a Musical Ride and demonstrates the historical art of tent pegging, which originated with the British Army in India. Interaction is encouraged at the conclusion of each performance by inviting the public to meet horse and rider.
The Troop will be performing on Saturday, May 21 evening at Topaz Park as part of the Sunset Ceremony which starts at 7 pm. The Troop will also be performing in the late afternoon on Sunday, May 22 at Topaz Park to conclude the Games! Don’t miss these great performance, along with all the other world-class activities held at the Games!