When the RCMP is looking for a company to sew its pants from a horse”

News 16 March, 2018
  • QMI agency

    Olivier Charbonneau

    Friday, 16 march 2018 14:06

    Friday, 16 march 2018 14:06

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    The order is big! 2 100 pants the iconic outfit of the mounted police need to be sewn, but don’t worry, the wool and the pattern are provided.

    The amount of the contract is not known, however the specifications of 25 pages, provides clear instructions on the making of “pants” horse. The RCMP offers to its police officers 53 different models of panties to wear only in ceremonies. You can read the officers and sub-officers do not have the right to the same quality of wool. Anyway, the company chosen to dress our mounted police will have to buy his equipment to the RCMP, itself, to then resell the “pants” horse freshly sewn.

    QMI agency

    Two RCMP officers at the ceremony of the Juno Awards in 2014

    This so-called piece of clothing, which makes the police the RCMP is unique in the world, is a legacy of a tradition that dates back to the 1800s. At the time, the officers of the mounted Police of the North-West have decided to adopt the red tunic and trousers of a knight to differentiate from the British, who had a poor reputation with aboriginal peoples. Since then, Canada has decided to impose this uniform for its national police in the ceremonial events. With time, the color of the pants went from grey to dark blue, but the cup is substantially remained the same, creating to the police the appearance of having a posterior blistered.


    In the literature, this garment is most of the time called ” breeches “, in sports stores tend to use the term “riding pants” and the RCMP has used the term “pants” horse in its call for tenders.

    – With the collaboration of Émilie Bergeron.

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