This Drill Team Puts on a Performance That You Won't Forget

Posted by Paige Cerulli
Snake River Stampeders
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This incredibly talented drill team - Snake River Stampeders - puts lights, music, and fast horses to work in one amazing performance. 

If you've ever had the chance to ride on a drill team - even a small one - then you know firsthand how incredibly difficult it is. A talented drill team will make maneuvers and patterns look effortless, but the truth is there's a ton of work that goes on behind the scenes. Getting an entire team of horses to travel at the right speeds and transition between gaits at the right time is far more difficult than it seems, making some of the things that drill teams accomplish nothing short of miraculous.

This drill team is, quite simply, amazing. Not only are they fun to watch, but the patterns and tricks that they're performing are difficult, yet seamless. Take a look at the Snake River Stampeders, and check out those cool light-up outfits in this night light drill!

Love it? So do we! The Snake River Stampeders are based out of Nampa, Idaho. The team was created in 1997, and since then has featured a number of different riders. All of the riders are highly dedicated, and many of them were rodeo queens or rodeo contestants. The Snake River Stampeders have performed at the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas and were even selected to perform at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. 

Think that you've been bitten by the equestrian drill team bug? Riding on a team can be a lot of fun, and it's a great experience to have at least once during your riding career. If you'd like to find a rodeo drill team, start asking around at local barns and riding clubs. There may be a team near you, and if not, a barn or a 4-H group may be willing to start one up.

What do you think of this team's performance? Let us know in the comments.

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This Drill Team Puts on a Performance That You Won't Forget