The Renegade Rebels

In 2004 the MidWest Renegades Equestrian Drill Team started with 8 riders. Over the years, more and more people discovered the joy of riding in a drill team.  As the skills and interests increased new teams and specialty acts were incorporated into the line-up.  By the end of 2017, the Renegade team  was operating with a full roster plus 4 alternate riders. The decision to add on came once again and the MidWest Renegades Rebels performance/tribute team was born.  Before the first 2018 practice came along, the Rebels had a solid roster to work with and two experienced volunteers to aid in coaching. The goal of the Rebel team is to keep the fun in riding. Quality riders, precision maneuvers and a few crowd-pleasing antics along the way are the mark of the top-quality equestrian drill team.  The Rebels are also honored to provide stirring flag presentations at many events. Whether that is starting an event with the National Anthem or recognizing the men and women that served in our country’s armed forces, the Rebels carry the flags with pride.


Your Midwest Renegade Rebels

Ed and Cash

Ed is riding a different horse this year, Cash.  Cash is a buckskin from our barn that belongs to his daughter.  This older World Champion English Pleasure horse is in drill to help build up muscle to get back to the show ring.  Ed might have to improve his seat to keep up with this horse.

Karen and Stella

Riding since age 3, Karen continues to enjoy all horse-related activities. She runs her family barn, is a member of two trail-riding clubs, helps others gain the confidence to get back in the saddle, and yet still finds time to ride on the Renegade team. You may run into her on one of the many Northern Illinois trails riding Al or  Stella.


Sandy and Max

Starting out on ponies at age six, Sandy has owned horses most of her life. As a kid she enjoyed competing in 4H and continues as a leader in the program that helped shape her life. Max and Sandy have been partners for more than 20 years. The pair have competed in western pleasure, horsemanship and showmanship, but they also love a good trail ride with water crossings. Max has accompanied Sandy’s kids to 4H championships at the McHenry County Fair and introduced numerous friends and family to horses.

Tom and Zip

Tom and Zip came together over 8 years ago. In the years that they have been together they have completed hundreds of trail rides both group and solo. They have participated in team penning, team sorting, mini cattle drives, mounted shooting, parades and fun shows with barrel racing pole bending and other timed events. In addition, Tom and Zip are certified in mounted search and Rescue. This is their first year adding drill to the mix, and they are looking forward to the challenges that being a part of the Renegades brings.

Brigette and Dakota

Brigitte has been around horses since the day she was born, as she was blessed to have them growing up. When Brigitte became a mom, her horses took the role as backyard pet.  In July 2017, Brigitte’s dream of joining a drill team became reality.   It has been an amazing journey and a much needed stress release from everyday living. They truly love being part of the team, spending time with one another and being with their horsey friends.

Lynn and

Lynn and Brandy

From horse show MOM, grounds crew, parade participant and spectator Lynn started lessons to do more than watch her daughter perform.  With a couple of false starts, an injury, and heaps of encouragement she pulled up her big girl panties and joined the team.  2018 Lynn will ride as a MidWest Renegade Rebel.

Cindy and Finn

Cindi has been part of a miniature horse diving drill team for 8 years. After a 16 year absence from riding, Cindi and Finn became trail partners in late 2017. Still working on becoming a better team as rider and mount Cindi and Finn are very excited to be part of the MidWest Renegades Rebels.


Judy and Zato

Judy has been riding for as long as she can remember.  Having owned numerous horses for trail riding, Zato came into her life 3 years ago after a serious riding accident.  Zato's previous life was a mall security horse, so life in the country and trail riding was a change for him.  Together they grew more confident and now they are starting the next chapter of their life together riding on the drill team

Diane and Splash

Diane was a young hunter/jumper rider with Big horses, took several years off, and now rides and drives Gypsy Vanners. With a quiet giving attitude and gorgeous feathers “Feathered Gold Night Splash” is a little powerhouse beauty at 4 years old and 13.3hh.  His willingness to please and pick up new skills took them to Midwest Horse Fair with the Dairyland Driving club and to Silver Spurs for training in riding and liberty as well as precision drill. Diane and Splash join long time friends Cindi and Finn in this new adventure with the MidWest Renegades Rebels.

Raquel and Notch

Raquel started riding as a kid. Unfortunately adulting got in the way.  She is recently back in the saddle with Notch, a young gypsy vanner with a beautiful presence and an outstanding team. They are very excited to ride with the MidWest Renegades Rebels.

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.


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.