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 Nemo
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 Will
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 third 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 13 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 Gunnar
Emma started barrel racing lessons about eight years ago. After watching the Daredevils perform, Emma was left in awe and with an unshakable dream of joining the team. She has been a member of the Daredevils since 2016 and is entering this season on a new horse, Gunnar. Gunnar has been with the Renegades for 4+ years, but this is his first year with the Daredevils. Emma currently attends Iowa State University majoring in Animal Science with the goal of one day becoming a large animal veterinarian.
Charissa and Lady
Charissa started riding at age 11 and was training a yearling pony at 13. One Dare Devil performance at MidWest Horse Fair and just riding wasn’t enough for this determined, adrenaline-loving girl. She joined the team mid pandemic to combine a background in training and showing horses with the challenge of trick riding. Charissa says she loves everything about this team and is SO excited to be a part of an amazing group of people!
Jacklyn and Enzo
At 9 years old Jacklyn switched from English to Western riding. After riding with the Dirt Devils for 3 years and Vaulting for about 5 years she learned how to trick ride in a few months. She loves the contrast between vaulting and trick riding. After almost 4 seasons, she is working with a new horse, Enzo. Enzo is new to trick riding but is learning fast.
Dana and Sis
Dana is a veteran rider with 6 years as a Dirt Devil, 3 years as a Dare Devil and fill in rider on Renegades. Sis has been keeping in shape with drill team, vaulting and tricks on breaks. Now that her favorite rider is home from Montana State University to step it up this summer as Dana returns to the adventure with the MidWest Renegades Dare Devils.
April and Athena
April has a need for speed and with a history of barrel racing and pole bending she instantly fell in love with trick riding. She was set on joining the Dare Devils after seeing them perform at the MidWest Horse Fair and her hard work has paid off. She is so grateful for the opportunity to work with such amazing horses and amazing people and she loves the untamable energy this team brings out in their performances.
Hailey and Jet
Hailey has been riding since she was 7 years old. She showed in 4-H and in small shows in the area. It wasn’t until Hailey was 13 that Jet came into her life. They did well showing together but Hailey then decided that she wanted to try barrel racing and did that for a while. She then found the Renegades and started on the Dirt Devils team when she was 14 years old. She then started to learn how to do tricks so that she could be on the trick team. Now Jet and Hailey work well as a team and enjoy being on the Dare Devils team!