Canadian Valley Rangerettes Fifth National and World Titles The Canadian Valley Rangerettes from Mustang, Oklahoma is an all-women’s organization founded in 1968. It is estimated that this team is the longest running equestrian drill team in the state of Oklahoma with a continuous existence of over forty years. They perform thrilling, high paced equestrian drill routines at PRCA and IPRA rodeos as well as local rodeos, invitational events, and parades. The Rangerettes performed publicly for the first time at Frontier City in August 1969. The Rangerettes are a family oriented group, with this year’s team consisting of four mother daughter pairs and a granddaughter of the Drill Master. Their background lifestyles vary from homemakers to business owners, skilled professionals to secretaries and even a few students. The active members consist of nearly 30 ladies ranging in age from 10 years old and up. Riders 16 years and older are eligible to ride in drill performances while the younger ladies ride with their family members in parades or on the youth team. Many enthusiastic cowgirls have proudly worn the infamous red, white, and blue that represents the Rangerette’s long standing heritage. They continue to prove to professional rodeo committees and event coordinators that they are dedicated to the sport of equestrian drill and that they carry with them the enthusiasm and professionalism it takes to perform. These ladies are not professionals, they just love every second of what they do. The Rangerettes won their first National title in 2007, following again in 2008, 2011, and 2012. Also in 2007 the team won their first Rodeo Division title, following with wins in that same division in 2008, 2009, and 2012. In 2008 the team took it’s first opportunity to compete in the inaugural year of the most prestigious division for an equestrian drill team, the SportsQuest Ride of Champions, now known as the World Ride of Champions, division for the SportsQuest Cup. They won this award in 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of their drill master Nila Birchett, who is the last founding member still in the club, and the girls, this June the team was honored to have earned their 5th National Division 1 Title, 5th Rodeo Division title, and 5th Ride of Champions title amongst strong competition at the USEDA Super Ride XIV National Championships. Along with the main team, the Canadian Valley Rangerette Youth team also competed at Nationals this year, and brought home 2nd in the Youth Novice Division, and 3rd in the Youth Theme Division. This year’s youth team was made up of three of the Drill Master’s Granddaughters, along with one other younger main team member. This year’s team also sent a contingent to compete in the Adult Quad Division in which they placed 2nd. The Rangerette’s mission is to promote the participation of women who enjoy horseback riding and to preserve the art of equestrian drill. The Canadian Valley Rangerettes encourage ladies who are interested in riding with the drill team to contact us via the email addresses, phone numbers, or Facebook page listed on their website, www.canadianvalleyrangeretttes.com. This team continues their season with rodeos in Cushing, Oklahoma on July 10th and 11th, Yukon, Oklahoma on July 31st and August 1st, Tuttle, Oklahoma on August 7th, El Reno, Oklahoma on August 28th, Mustang, Oklahoma on September 11th, and Tecumseh, Oklahoma on September 18th and 19th. We invite you to come out and watch these girls represent their National Titles and we hope you enjoy the thrill of drill right along with them. Bring Home Their 52 Issue 6 • 2015 www.PerformanceHorseDigest.com