Royal Canadian Horse Artillery Musical Drive
Between 1922 and the early '30s (when mechanized vehicles started to replaced horses), all three batteries of the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery performed Musical Drives in public arenas. The objective was to train gunners in horsemanship a precision driving of horse drawn guns, to build esprit de corps, and to recruit and maintain public interest in the Canadian Army.
Teams of 6-horse drew each of four 18-pounder artillery guns (with limber) in a precision ride to music at a full gallop. These drives were held in public arenas and, for safety, the first few rows were not occupied in case the guns swung too wide taking out several rows of seats (as actually happened on a few occasions).
This item is one page of an historic album created by my father (who was a member of C-Battery, RCHA and who participated in the Musical Drive). My father told me that the wheels of the gun carriages had brass axle caps and they tried to have these brass caps "click" when two gun carriages passed at a full gallop.
August 15th, 2020
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