In fine Renegade form we often discover that one member or another from our teams have skills and interests that are not showcased as part of the team performances. Each year the coaches offer an opportunity for riders to shine individually by presenting a specialty act developed from that personal spark. The displays of talent run the gamut from mainstream equine sports, through a host of comedic spoofs that offer a change of pace, and displays of courage, horse training and skill. Performances that are selected from that Specialty Act audition often appear in shows throughout our performance season. We are happy to entertain your inquires regarding our current offerings and provide our recommendations as to which acts could best complement a MidWest Renegades performance at your event.
Cowboy Mounted Shooting
Cowboy Mounted Shooting is one of the fastest growing equestrian sports in the nation. Mounted contestants compete in this fast action timed event using two .45 caliber single action revolvers each loaded with five rounds of specially prepared blank ammunition. Mounted shooting events are similar to other timed rodeo events like barrel racing and many timed cattle events.
Competitors engage in courses of fire which consist of balloon targets of various color combinations, usually made up of one light and one dark color, for a total of ten balloon targets per course. The competitors shoot the first five random targets with a single action .45 caliber firearm similar to those used in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s by the American cowboy. Then, after holstering the first revolver, they engage the five targets in the "rundown".
A few years ago the brother-in-law of one of our riders was killed in Iraq along with 3 other Kiowa helicopter pilots. In the months that followed the Renegades packed up the trucks and took 21 horses and 40 people to New York to do a special performance for the troops at Fort Drum and their families. It was a great day and an incredible experience. Since then our team has always looked for ways that we can honor the men and women that serve to keep us free. From simple flag ceremonies to special performances for groups like Brave Hearts Therapeutic riding and their Heroes on Horseback celebration, we always want look for chances to pause to say thanks.