Drill team coming to Mid-Western Rodeo
By Jane Myhra
A local youth drill team will be featured at the 2016 Mid-Western Rodeo on Saturday, July 2.
The Pink Ribbon Rebels will be the pre-rodeo entertainment prior to the afternoon and evening rodeos on Saturday, according to Rodeo Secretary Connie Klotzbuecher.
The Pink Ribbon Rebels don’t just ride for the fun and excitement.
“They are riding for a cause,” Klotzbuecher said. “They ride for the awareness and cure of breast cancer.”
Manawa’s first organized youth drill team was formed a few years ago by members of the Rodeo City Riders Saddle Club.
In 2013, the Rodeo City Riders Drill team paired up with the Wisconsin Horse Council to host its first annual Youth Drill Team Clinic at the Manawa Rodeo Grounds. It was at this first youth clinic and the two youth clinics that followed in 2014 and 2015 where eight young ladies laid the ground for the tale of riding for a cure.
Members of the Pink Ribbon Rebels use their upbeat personalities and their passion for horses to help them ride for the cure. Symbolic of their commitment within their performance, each of these ladies has a personal connection of a family member or friend that is fighting, has fought or lost a battle to breast cancer.
The team is honored to be representing the Foundation for Breast Cancer and the people fighting for their lives this very moment and the performance is a genuine tribute that leaves audiences with a tear in their eye.
In 2015, the Pink Ribbon Rebels performed at local drill team competitions. In 2016, they have expanded their presence to include numerous rodeos throughout the Midwest as well as competitions around Wisconsin and surrounding states.
The Mid-Western Rodeo performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30; 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 1; and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 2. For more information, visit manawarodeo.org.
The third annual Youth Drill Team Clinic will be held July 9 at the Manawa Rodeo Grounds. To register, visit rodeocityriders.webs.com.