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Penticton Mountie publishes first children’s book in series about RCMP Musical Ride horse

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September 11, 2020 - 6:00 AM

After telling stories about Harry the Musical Ride horse to her daughter, Penticton RCMP officer Katherine Hansen finally found time during the pandemic to write them.

It was a dream come true for Hansen when she originally joined the RCMP Musical Ride in 1996, having grown up on a Penticton farm and being a horse fan, according to the B.C. RCMP in a news release.

The Musical Ride has its roots in the RCMP's foundation. In 1873, the North-West Mounted Police, now the RCMP, relied on skilled riders to carry out police duties. Members competed amongst themselves and performed tricks on horseback which led to them performing at events.

Today, the RCMP Musical Ride consists of 32 riders and their horses, performing intricate figures and drills choreographed to music.

As Hansen was performing, she started creating stories about the Musical Ride horse.

Hansen traveled across Canada and overseas performing with the Musical Ride. She left in 2000 and was transferred to Newfoundland before being posted in B.C. in Princeton, Kelowna, Richmond and then to B.C. RCMP Headquarters in Surrey.

After 25 years, she retired in 2016 but soon returned as a Penticton reserve constable.

With the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of the ride this year, she thought it would be a good time to take the time and write these stories.

“I always wanted to write for children because I knew there were other kids like me who dreamed of one day being with the Musical Ride,” Hansen said in the news release. “I wanted to write stories about believing in yourself, the power of friendship, and working with a team. Maybe this is the perfect time to write these uplifting stories.”

Harry the Musical Ride Horse is the first of three books Katherine wrote while grounded by COVID-19 in her home. The books are being sold through the Mountie Shop, according to the release.

For every 100 books that she sells, she will donate 10 to local charities. The first 10 books are going to Penticton's RCMP Victim Services unit.


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