Although very happy with riding drill, some of the Renegades got a bit restless and wanted something more daring. In true Renegade style, they broke the mold in 2008 with the introduction of the trick riding, high performance team called, the MidWest Renegade Dare Devils!!
Riders range in ages from 16 – 30+, from all walks of life; eager to push beyond what anyone thought was possible. They combine the precision of drill with the acrobatic flare of trick-riding, which brings a whole new level of excitement to drill team riding.
Most trick riding demonstrations consist of one person doing a trick, usually with a barrier to keep the horse moving in a straight line. The Dare Devils perform tricks 6-10 at a time, with no barriers.
Your Midwest Renegade Dare Devils!
Nora and Tino
Nora has been riding since age 5 with all sorts of adventures along the way. Over the past 11 years Nora has been a Dare Devil through graduation, getting married, and having a daughter. It’s more than a team, they’re family. Tino, Nora’s horse, has been going this for 3 seasons now and they can’t wait for more shows with the girls.
Gaelyn and Brandy
Gaelyn started out and still continues to ride English and show in jumpers. In addition to riding English she joined the Dirt Devil team 4 years ago and knew right away she wanted to join the trick riding team. This is her first year on the Dare Devils and she is so excited! She loves learning new tricks and working with the team.
Lacie and Sailor
Lacie started riding horses at the age of 5. She started out on ponies, but quickly outgrew her beloved pony Tango. She found a new partnership with Sailor, an 11 year old Quarter Horse. The two of them had an instant connection and continue to work on strengthening that bond. Lacie has a background in eventing but wanted to ride western as well. When she saw the Dare Devils perform at the McHenry count fair she had her mind made up that she wanted to join the team.
Emma and Gangster
Emma started lessons to train to barrel race about six years ago. After watching the Daredevils perform, Emma was left in awe and with an unshakable dream of joining the team. In 2016, she was welcomed to the team riding Gangster, a 6 year veteran of the Renegades and a retired Medieval Times horse. Because of her burning love and adoration of all animals, Emma is starting college to become a large animal vet in the near future.
Megan and Xena
This is Megan and Xenas first year as Dare Devils! After seeing this team perform at Midwest Horse fair several years ago, she set her sights on the goal of becoming a trick rider herself! Megan has been riding for 5 years and was a gymnast for 16 years. Xena came to Illinois last year after her role as a ranch horse out west! She is easy going and loves speed!
Larissa and Shadow
Larissa is currently a student at Iowa State University studying Animal Science - PreVet. She was one of the original Dirt Devils, and this is her fourth year riding with the Dare Devils. Trick riding has helped expand her riding abilities and Shadow, her retired Medieval Times horse, enjoys it, too. Shadow and Larissa also compete in eventing and perform bareback and bridleless. Horses have made her who she is today and she loves having them as part of her life.
Gaelyn and Outlaw
Gaelyn has been riding since she was 6 years old and has never looked back. She rides hunter/jumper in addition to being on the drill team. Gaelyn has been riding Outlaw since she first joined the team 4 years ago and loves working with the other girls. She is excited and looking forward to the coming year!
Jacklyn and Mac
At 9 years old Jacklyn switched from English to Western riding. Her first lesson was on Mac, a North American Spotted Draft Horse. Now, almost 7 years later, she has been paired up with him for her first year on the DareDevils. After riding with the Dirt Devils for 3 years and Vaulting for about 5 years she has learned how to trick ride in a few months. She loves the contrast between performing vaulting and trick riding, and she loves riding Mac-Attack.