Midwest Renegades Teams - Meet the Riders


Meet The Coaches!

Bev Vlahos: Head Coach
Team(s):
Renegades, Dare Devils, Dirt Devils, Geezer Devils
Specialty Act(s):Comedy Routine with Jenny
Horse: Zeke, 19 year old Morgan/Clydesdale
Year: 2004
Bio: Horses have always been Bev’s passion and in 1988 she started riding more seriously and enjoyed competing in the hunter/jumper world, and then 3-day eventing. From there she competed in Dressage and decided she wanted something more. So in 2002 she joined a drill team and realized this was something she wanted to do more of. In 2004 she started a drill team of her own -- the Midwest Renegade Equestrian Drill Team. This team brings life to her soul, and they are a wonderful group of people --- She is continually thankful for each and every one of them and for the dedication they all have in being the best they can be.

Jennifer Vlahos: Assistant Head Coach
Team(s):
Renegades, Dare Devils, Dirt Devils
Specialty Act(s):Roman Riding, Liberty, Comedy Act with Bev
Horse: Outlaw, 9 year old quarter horse
Year: 2004
Bio: Jenny has been riding since she was 7 yrs. old and has been a part of the Renegades since they began!! She started the Dare Devils in 2008 and is so proud of the girls and their talent. She is the manager & trainer of Bull Valley Stables, and loves having the Renegades as part of her life.

Lisa Regner: Assistant Coach
Team(s):
Renegades (Rider), Dare Devils (Coach)
Horse: Cody, 28 Year old Quarter horse
Year: 2010
Bio: Lisa became a part of the Midwest Renegades by accident. Since she worried about her daughter, Kendra doing tricks with the Dare Devils, she became the “team tag-a-long.” With her gymnastics background, it was a natural fit to help coach the tricks and become ground crew for the team. The horses, the barn and the team are her therapy!
Meet The Riders!!!

Kylee Anderson
Team(s):
Dirt Devils
Horse:
Year: 2014
Age (2014):
Bio:

Alex Ball
Team(s):
Dirt Devils
Horse: Valentine, 12 year old Blue Roan Paint
Year: 2011
Age: (2013): 14
Bio: Alex started riding when she was 4, and have fell in love with the art of riding since then. She enjoys many disciplines of riding and love learning new things. Being on a drill team has taught her how to communicate with others as well as being a team player.

Hope Ball
Team(s):
Geezer Devils
Horse: Vegas, 8 year old Tennessee Walker
Year: 2012
Bio: Hope has been with the Renegades for 2 years. They have become her second family. They even accepted Vegas, the only gaited horse on the team. She is truly blessed to be a part of this unique family.

Emily Dewane
Team(s):
Dirt Devils & Renegades
Horse: Libby, 12 year old Bay Paint
Year: 2009
Age (2013): 15
Bio: Emily is a fifteen year old sophomore at Belvedere High School. She has been riding on the drill team for 4 years. She is in 4H, participating in horse shows, drill team and dog obedience classes. She loves animals, cooking, art, and music.

Taylor Friedlund
Team(s):
Dare Devils
Horse: Mighty Mac, 13 year old North American Spotted Draft
Year: 2009
Age (2013): 21
Bio: Taylor has been on the Dare Devil team for several years now. Prior to joining the team she tumbled for 6 years and competed for 2 of those years. She has always loved horses and tumbling, and this team is the best of both worlds!!!

Fry, Dana
Team(s):
Dirt Devils
Horse: Sis, 13 year old Quarter horse
Year: 2013
Age (2013): 12
Bio: Dana showed a love of horses at a very early age. She was a fearless passenger at three. Her fourth birthday party featured Raskle and three other ponies. She began more structured lessons at five years old and started riding consistently at 8. In the past year she has found a deeper, partner, connection with a quarter-horse named Sis. Joining the Dirt Devil team marks the transition from horsing around to precision and growth which is a great deal of F-U-N with the Renegades and Bull Valley Stables.

Diana Gebavi
Team(s):
Renegades
Horse: Captain, 11 year old Quarter horse
Year: 2010
Bio: Diana has been with the Midwest Renegades since 2010 when she moved to McHenry County to pursue her dream of owning a horse. The Renegades have helped her become a better horsewoman and she has the honor of riding with an incredible group of people!

Nan Gill
Team(s):
Renegades
Year: 2014
Bio: Nan started riding horses 15 years ago. She eventually made her way to Bull Valley Stables where she fell in love with her first horse, Bob. Trail riding was their passion but Bob helped her with her barrel racing challenges, confidence, and many life lessons during the last 10 years of his long life! Lucky enough to be back at Bull Valley Stables for a second round, Nan is falling in love all over again with her new partner Ranger, an adorable 9 year old Quarter Horse, and has the privilege of riding as one of the newest members of the Midwest Renegades Drill Team.

Heather Johnson
Team(s):
Renegades
Year: 2014
Bio:

Emma Kane
Team(s):
Renegades & Dare Devils
Specialty Act(s):Western Dressage
Horse: DaVinci, 10 year old Halfinger
Year: 2009
Age (2013): 16
Bio: Emma is a student at Marian Central Catholic H.S. She has been riding since 2006 & has been part of the Dirt Devils since 2009. In 2013 she joined the Renegades and Dare Devils. Outside of drill team, she participates in 4H and loves eventing, dressage & trick riding with her Haflinger gelding, DaVinci.

Fran Lambert
Team(s):
Renegades, Geezer Devils
Year: 2009
Bio: Horses have always been an important part of Fran’s life. Through dedication, hard work, and a true passion of competition, she has successfully competed in almost every aspect of riding and has achieved numerous World & National Championships in Reining & Freestyle Reining. She has been a riding instructor since 1996 and a proud member of the MidWest Renegades Drill Team since 2009.

Nora Mattoon
Team(s):
Dare Devils
Specialty Act(s):Heraldo the Horse
Horse: Gus, 27 year old Percheron/Quarter Horse cross
Year: 2007
Age (2013): 23
Bio: Nora’s horse is Gus and she doesn’t know what she would do without him. She has been on the Dare Devils since 2008. S recently graduated from The University of Findlay with an Equine Business Management and a Western Training degree. Horses have played a major role in making her the person she is today, just like the friends she made on this team. She loves this team…to her, they are family!

Ashley Merryman
Team(s):
Dirt Devils
Horse: Ollie, 16 year old Paint
Year: 2009
Age (2013): 11
Bio: Ashley earned the privilege to ride with the Dirt Devils when she learned to actually steer her horse. When she was small, she would ride Sam, her miniature horse, get her to canter and then just dump the reins and let Sam go wherever she pleased. She now has her new partner, Ollie a 16 year old Paint mare and has been riding with the team since 2009. She is also interested in vaulting.

Brooke Merryman
Team(s):
Renegades & Dirt Devils
Horse: Pistol, 13 year old Quarter horse
Year: 2008
Age (2013): 15
Bio: One of the original members of the Dirt Devils, Brooke has been riding since could hang on to a saddle. Along with drill, she also found another daring sport to enjoy….barrel racing with her new partner Pistol, a 13 year old Quarter horse. She also rides her first love, Wrangler, an 8 year old solid Appaloosa who is the sweetest boy ever.

Christine Merryman
Team(s):
Dirt Devils
Horse: Blaze, 14 year old Paint
Year: 2008
Age (2013): 13
Bio: Christine is also one of the original members of the Dirt Devils. She has enjoyed riding a variety horses until she finally commandeered her mother’s horse, Blaze for the perfect partnership. Christine also enjoys volleyball, and…shopping.

Heather Merryman
Team(s):
Renegades
Horse: Ruger, 7 year old Quarter horse
Year: 2005
Bio: Heather has been a member of the Renegades since 2005. She was fortunate, and crazy enough, to ride with the Dare Devils for 3 years. She loves the team aspect and the challenge to become the best rider she can be. She rides Blaze, a 15 year old Paint when she can get her away from her daughter, or she rides Ruger, a 7 year old gruella gelding.

Kacie Nelson
Team(s):
Dirt Devils
Horse: Gus, 27 year old Percheron Quarter horse cross
Year: 2013
Age (2013): 15
Bio: Kacie is a 15 year old sophomore in high school with a passion for horses. She has been riding for over 6 years and has been taking lessons from Jenny for 2 years. This is Kacie’s first year on the Dirt Devils. She enjoys working with Gus and her teammates. Kacie also enjoys learning new riding techniques and maneuvers.

Ed Pallme
Team(s):
Renegades, Geezer Devils
Horse: Dillon, 17 year old quarter horse
Year: 2010
Bio: Ed rides more each year with the Renegades than he did in his entire life prior to joining the team. Being in the saddle whether at practice, a competition, or on a trail keeps him more at peace with the world than any therapy ever could.

Karen Pallme
Team(s):
Renegades, Geezer Devils
Horse: Alex, 18 year old Quarter Horse
Year: 2009
Bio: Riding since age 3, Karen continues to enjoy all horse-related activities. She runs her family barn, volunteers at BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding Center, and yet still finds time to ride on the Renegade team. You can often hear her asking her horses, "Which one of you wants to go on trail ride today?"

Larissa Pietrzak
Team(s):
Renegades & Dare Devils
Horse: Shadow, 15 year old Quarter horse cross
Year: 2007
Age (2013): 16
Bio: Larissa is currently a junior at Woodstock High School. Although she has been riding with the Dirt Devils since they began, this is her first year riding with the Renegades and Dare Devils. Trick riding has helped expand her riding abilities and Shadow, her retired Medieval Times horse, enjoys trick riding too. Shadow and Larissa also compete in eventing. Horses have made her who she is today and she loves having them as part of her life.

Kendra Regner
Team(s):
Dare Devils
Horse: Zeke, 19 year old Morgan/Clydesdale cross
Year: 2008
Age (2013): 19
Bio: Kendra has been riding for since she was 8. She has been a part of all three of the Renegade teams at one point or another, but for the past three years, her time has mostly been dedicated to the Dare Devil team. She owns her own horse, Cody, who she has used for the other Renegade teams, but has the honor of riding Zeke in the Dare Devil drill. She is currently studying to be a nurse at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY.

Kim Silverblatt
Team(s):
Dare Devils
Specialty Act(s): Heraldo the Horse
Horse: Gangster, 7 year old solid paint
Year: 2008
Age (2013): 21
Bio: Kim joined the Dare Devils team in the fall of 2008. She came to the team as a gymnast, and learned how to ride from there. She is currently attending Chamberlain College of Nursing, and will be graduating in June 2014.

Jordan Timpe
Team(s):
Dirt Devils
Horse:
Year: 2014
Age (2014):
Bio:

Rick Vlahos
Team(s):
Renegades, Geezer Devils
Horse: Mighty Mac, 13 year old North American Spotted Draft
Year: 2004
Bio: As one of he senior members of the MidWest Renegades Rick has enjoyed his role as Director of Semi-important jobs! Whether it's fixing a flat tire as the team roles down the highway, filling in as announcer, editing the performance videos, or attaching those stubborn spur straps, he has enjoyed being a part of the team. Rick ride Mac, a North American Spotted draft. He's a special horse (not to mention very good looking) that tolerates his weak spots & enjoys riding drill as much as he does.

Jennifer Young
Team(s):
Dare Devils
Specialty Act(s): Heraldo the Horse
Horse: Kira, 8 year old Paint
Year: 2010
Age (2013): 21
Bio: Jenn is the loud and crazy one and has been riding since she was about 5 years old. She got her own horse in 2009. Her name is Kira she is the most precious thing to Jenn. They have accomplished so much in jumping, dressage, western, and now trick riding. This is a passion of hers and if you would ever like to talk her door is open.

Rayne Zilch
Team(s):
Dirt Devils
Horse:
Year: 2014
Age (2014):
Bio:

Sandy Zilch
Team(s):
Dare Devils
Horse: Lance, 10 year old Quarter Horse
Year: 2010
Bio: Sandy started riding as a Dare Devil in August of 2010. She is the oldest rider on this team right now. She has 2 little kids who love horses too. She had an amazing horse that came into her life very suddenly and unexpectedly at the end of the 2012 season. Lance gives her more courage and confidence than she has ever had as a rider. You need trust and friendship when you trick ride, it is paramount! Just when she thought this chapter of her life was over, she started all over again! She has always loved riding horses, and being a trick rider at this point in her life gives her a sense of true accomplishment and pride that she never had before. She loves being a part of this team, which is more like a second family, and seeing how the crowds react when they do what they do!"

Reagan Zwicky
Team(s):
Dirt Devils
Horse: Gangster, 7 year old solid paint
Year: 2009
Age (2013): 16
Bio: Reagan started riding in 2003 when I was 5 years old at her aunt's barn. She has done several competitions and won several trophies & ribbons. She has been on the Renegade Dirt Devil team since 2008 and is planning to continue onto the Dare Devil's team. She loves horses & riding and it will always be a part of her life.

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