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 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.
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 Skip, Al, Stella, Dillon, or Byron.
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.
Laura and Gunnar
Laura started riding as an adult taking lessons when the budget would allow. She dabbled and brought the kids to the barn to keep horse time in the routine. The Fry girls share-boarded a drill horse and a whole new world came into view. Only through the confidence born of excellent instruction, family support and the partnership with Gunnar was it possible to step up from cheerleader and grounds crew for the Dirt Devils to be a rider as well.
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 Zanto
Judy has been riding for as long as she can remember. Having owned numerous horses for trail riding, Zanto came into her life 3 years ago after a serious riding accident. Zanto'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.