Webster’s dictionary defines a “renegade” as “an individual who rejects conventional behavior”. The MidWest Renegade Equestrian Drill team is always looking for new, exciting, fun ways to bring the thrill of drill to their audiences. Since 2004 the MidWest Renegades Equestrian Drill Team from Woodstock, Illinois has been dedicated to providing quality entertainment for their audiences while keeping the fun in riding.
In addition to the challenges of maintaining the choreography of position, distance and speed the use of flags requires extra skill, determination and training. Horses can get scared when their rider is carrying a flag, or when other riders with flags approach them. Riders with flags are required to operate the reins with one hand and maintain flag position with the other. The Midwest Renegades have performed several different drills with flags and other thematic props. Our teams are often honored to open events with a flag presentation which includes our National Anthem. The privilege of presenting our Country's standard is one that we cherish, and we strive to carefully adhere to proper flag protocol in all of our performances.
Your Midwest Renegades!
Lisa and Rizzo
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!
Jenny and Outlaw
Jenny Vlahos started riding at 7 years old. She started out riding hunter/jumper, and then went on to 3 day eventing. A move out west and some time working at a couple guest ranches in Wyoming and Arizona gave her an incredible opportunity to really learn western riding.
Nicole and Cash
After cheering on her parents and the rest of the Renegades for years, this is Nicole and Cash's first year riding with the drill team. For the past 15 years Nicole has been showing in Western, English, and jumping events on anything from local, breed, collegiate, and national levels. Nicole continues to show her horse Hottie, but wanted to broaden her horizons and join the fun of the Midwest Renegades with her sister's horse, Cash! Cash is a quality pleasure horse who enjoys showing anywhere - including his position in drill.
Nicki and Gideon
Gideon and Nicole's partnership started back in high school when she trained him to jump, as she went on to college he went with her to study Equine Management in KY, and now back home in IL the pair are a part of the Renegades! Nicole (aka Nicki) & Gideon are excited to take on something new, while being a part of this drill team!
Lynda and Peally
Lynda has been part of the drill team for 5 years. This year she will ride Peally, a 22 year old thoroughbred who got her name because she likes to 'peal out' and run! Together they enjoy riding the trails, competing on the drill team, and waving at the crowds during parades.
Lisa and Sailor
Lisa started riding at the age of 7 with a background in hunter/jumpers. As an adult she became hooked on eventing and dressage. Since her daughter joined the Dirt Devil Drill team in 2015, Lisa became intrigued with western riding and wanted to become a part of the Renegades Drill team. She is thrilled to be a part of such a great group of people and excited to continue to improve her riding skills and her understanding of horses.
Megan and Ruby
I got my first horse 3 years ago and she has taught me so much about patience and myself in general. Ruby is a firecracker just like me, always up for a challenge. I have always looked to belong to a horse team however living in Lombard when I was little didn't allow for that. When I found The Renegades it seemed like such a great fit, I couldn't be happier to be a part of such an amazing team of horse people
Audra and Brandy
Audra has worked with horses in Illinois, Wisconsin, Georgia and Florida. About a year into some serious French Classical Dressage training Audra bought a grey Andalusian named Caspian. They have enjoyed 5 years of lessons, training and liberty with a parade or two thrown in. As a Graphic Design student and MidWest Renegade Audra can envision the future with a continued passion for horses.
Roxanne and Danny
Roxanne has had a love for horses since about age 11. As a kid she enjoyed barrel racing and trail rides. She loves being a member of the Midwest Renegades Drill Team and riding with this wonderful group of people.