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.
Diana and Gambini
Gambini came into Diana's life few years ago when she was looking for a reliable horse for her husband to ride. After losing her original drill horse to an illness, Gambi was the perfect man for the job since he was originally used for drill. He loves to perform and both are happy to be back with their Renegade family!
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.
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.
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.
Stacy and Cisco
Stacy started riding as soon as she could walk. In the backyard, over arena standards, through pony club activities, even three day eventing showed love of riding was paramount along the way. Having multiple horses of all walks she spends her time on extensive trail expeditions, parades and her new adventure with Cisco and the Rebels drill team. Stacy looks forward to many more years of riding!
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
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.
Maria and Bubba
Emily and Jet
Emily has been riding for as long as she can remember. Competing in 4-H as a youth and a little more trail rides than shows as an adult. Of late Emily served as her daughters groom for 4H and open shows but found time to get to know Jet herself on trail. With Jet’s designs on drill, Emily has decided it’s her turn to enjoy performing again. Jet and Emily are very excited to ride with the MidWest Renegades Rebels!
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.
Cindy and Finn
Jacklyn and Mac
Jacklyn is 17 years old, and has been riding horses since she was six years old. This will be her third year with the Dirt Devil’s team, and she is very excited for the season to begin! She has found a new teammate this year in Roy, a 8 year old draft horse. Both are learning to work together well. In addition to her role on the Dirt Devil’s team Jacklyn and Roy like to do vaulting, and hope to begin performing as a specialty act together.
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.