The Renegades


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!

Ed and Goody

Ed rides Dillon in parades and uses Goody in drill. Goody was a standout in the local horse shows in his younger days with daughter Nicole and now loves his new job with the Renegades. Dillon played Santa at the Woodstock Christmas Parade.


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! 


Rick and Mighty Mac

As one of the senior members of the MidWest Renegades Rick has enjoyed his role as Director of Semi-important jobs! Whether it's fixing a flat tire as the team roles down the highway, filling in as announcer, editing the performance videos, or attaching those stubborn spur straps, he has enjoyed being a part of the team. Rick rides Mac, a North American Spotted draft. He's a special horse (not to mention very good looking) that tolerates Rick’s weak spots & enjoys riding drill as much as he does.

Jenny and Kiowa

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.

Laura and Gunnar

Laura started riding as an adult taking lessons when the budget would allow. She dabbled in English Equitation, Jumping and Saddlebred disciples mostly just to keep hore time in her life. When she started share-boarding a drill horse to expose her young children to riding, a whole new world came into view. Laura has been part of the Dirt Devils' grounds crew for the past few years. Laura is proud to taxi a Dare Devil and two Dirt Devils this year. But, through the confidence born of excellent instruction, family support and the partnership with the newest four legged member of the family, Gunnar, it's time to step up and ride as well.

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 Griff

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

Karen and Skip

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 Skip, Al, Stella, Dillon, or Byron.

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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.


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!

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.

Sandol and Skylar

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.