Specialty Acts

Specialty Acts

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.

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Bridleless and Bareback

Bareback riding is a form of horseback riding without a saddle. It requires skill, balance, and coordination, as the rider does not have any equipment to compensate for errors of balance or skill. Bareback riding is natural and allows considerable communication with the horse. Doing that without any reins or bridle to help you control the horse, or help you to keep your seat.... that is a completely new level of difficulty.

Roman Riding

Originating in ancient Rome, Roman Riding, derives from the teams of horses used in chariot racing. The rider performs while standing, sitting, or kneeling with one foot on each horse. The rider and horses ride patterns at different gaits and weave through an obstacle course.

My Horse is Better than Yours!

This is a friendly comedy competition routine between Mom and her horse versus Daughter and her horse. What do you think? Freestyle or Trick Riding? Which Horse (and Rider) is better?


Even the most phenomenal athlete, without guidance or confidence, will never succeed. Our Liberty act introduces you to the method of Liberty Horse Training. Based upon an understanding of the language of the horse and how he or she perceives his or her environment this performance showcases the human-horse relationship.

Heraldo The Horse

All of the Midwest Renegade teams spend a tremendous amount of time and energy practicing, training, and generally doing things that most people would consider frightening. All of that work does result in some excess steam that needs to be released. What better way to release it than the training regimen of Heraldo.

Patriotic Tributes

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.

Moments With Merlin

Miniature horses have many uses. Because of their small size, they are perfect for children to work with when learning about horses. They are cheaper to feed and house, so they are often used as companions to older or single horses. Minis broke to ride or drive are a little easier to handle due to their smaller size. But don't be fooled! They are still horses and subject to all the personality and training differences that big horses are.

Miniature horses can measure up to 38” tall at the withers. They can pull almost 3 times their weight, depending on the footing of the arena. Many years ago they were used in coal mines to pull the ore cars, since they could fit easily in the tunnels and pull heavy loads. Some were pets for royalty and the wealthy and some were used as companions to bigger horses. Now a few are even used to assist the handicapped, since their life span can be up to 30 – 40 years.

Merlin is 3 years old. He came to us about a year ago and had never really been worked. He was afraid of people. Over the past several months Bev has worked to build Merlin’s trust and along the way taught him a few things.

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".