Cops for Kids Rider Finds More Horse-Power Before Tour Returns Home

Kelowna, West Kelowna, Lake Country, This Is Who We Are

2018-07-31 13:00 PDT

A photo of Cst. Steve James and his horse named Cybil, taken while on tour in July of 2018;

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Cycling up the Blueberry Paulson summit as a part of the Cops for Kids Ride, Cst. Steve James was probably wishing he had a horse to help him along. A transfer to Ottawa for the RCMP Musical Ride forced him to trade in his 2 wheels that helped him raise money for children in crisis, but his new partner Cybil will help him raise money for those Little Hearts again in August.

During his 6 year posting in Kelowna/Lake Country Cst. James participated in the Cops for Kids Ride three times, where he cycled across the region to raise money for children facing illness, disability or traumatic crisis. In 2015 he was transferred to Ottawa to the RCMP’s Musical Ride, where he is spending three years training in Ottawa in the off-season before touring the nation to perform the iconic show for thousands of Canadians each summer.

A photo of Cst. Steve James, taken alongside Okanagan Lake in Peachland during the annual 2012 Cops for Kids Ride;

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To have the opportunity to be a part of the Musical Ride has been such a rewarding part of my career, said James. I was sad to leave Kelowna and everyone that I met during my time here, which included being a part of Cops for Kids. Being that they are a unique charity, there’s really no way for me to be a part of Cops for Kids from Ottawa. During my years on the Cops for Kids Ride we met so many of the children who benefit from the fundraising efforts, so I saw firsthand how those funds touched each family. As hosts of the Musical Ride in Kelowna, all funds from the performance will support Cops for Kids in their efforts to assist children in medical, physical or traumatic crisis within South Eastern British Columbia.

The Musical Ride is covering Northern Ontario and British Columbia this year as their summer tour. The tour isn’t scheduled to return to BC until after 2021, at which time James will have returned to regular policing duty. All of the riders performing are regular RCMP members on a three year posting to the Musical Ride. After our three-year commitment, we will all return to regular policing so I’m very excited that Cops for Kids is hosting the Musical Ride in Kelowna this year, revealed James. I am excited to reconnect with so many friends and colleagues when we get to Kelowna, and introduce everyone to my new partner Cybil. Who knows where I’ll be posted after my tour, but this is one last opportunity to give back to local children through Cops for Kids.

The Musical Ride will be performing its magical Canadian tradition of cavalry drills, choreographed to music, during both an afternoon matinee and an evening performance on Thursday August 9th, 2018 at Prospera Place in downtown Kelowna. In addition to the highlighted event, each performance is accompanied by a variety of family friendly entertainment and fun for all ages.

The iconic RCMP Musical Ride fundraising performance takes place just one month in advance of the 17th annual Cops for Kids, 10-day, 1,000 km bike ride throughout southeastern B.C.

Event tickets for TD presents the RCMP Musical Ride supporting Cops for Kids Charitable Foundation can be purchased at or by calling (250) 762-5050.


For more information, please contact Courtney King, Event Coordinator (250) 801.4438 or email  
Cops for Kids Charitable Foundation
PO Box 20161 RPO Towne Centre
Kelowna, BC V1Y 9H2
Phone: (250) 801.4438
Registered Charity # 884571910RR0001 

Released by

Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey

Media Relations Officer
Kelowna RCMP
1190 Richter Street, Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 2K7
Office: (250) 762-3300
Fax: (250) 470-6348


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