The Reining Chaos 4-H Drill Team is heading to the Minnesota State 4-H Horse Show to compete in the Large Freestyle division.
This will be Reining Chaos's second time qualifying for state competition having been named state champs in the Small Freestyle division in 2019. With COVID-19 shutting down in-person 4-H activities in 2020, there was no competition last year.
The 2021 team of eight riders and two junior coaches is coached by 4-H alumni Haley Hins. The riders are Sophia Satterfield riding Dixie, Charlotte Satterfield riding Snickers, Amber Hidde riding Rook, Audree Rosekrans riding Bell, Bailey Rosekrans riding Ace, Carlie Rosekrans riding Nikki, Alexis Triebenbach riding Copper, and Shelby Mulroy riding Cody. Youth coaches are Kali Mulroy and Ali Schroer. Kali Mulroy did not meet the age requirement for the competition team this year, and Schroer is recovering from a knee surgery, which left her unable to ride most of the season. Of the riders, Audree and Bailey and Carlie Rosekrans, Satterfield, Shelb Mulroy and Triebenbach are all first year drill team riders.
The youths and their horses perform a 9 1/2 minute routine to music by The Score, Imagine Dragons, Barns Courtney, Sam Tinnesz, Shinedown and Oh the Larceny. Competition is judged on performance of required elements, called maneuvers, horsemanship, timing, spacing, uniformity, crowd appeal and choreography.
The Minnesota State 4-H Horse show runs from Sept. 17-20 with the drill team competition starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, in the Compeer Arena at the state fairgrounds. The event is free to attend and spectators are welcome. The state drill team competition runs in conjunction with the state 4-H horse show, which is one of the largest open breed youth shows in the nation hosting 600-800 horses over the course of the four-day show. Crow Wing County's other drill team will also be attending and competing in the Large Freestyle division as well with seven riders.
Drill team competition consists of three divisions: quad, compulsory and freestyle. Quad routines are for four riders in English tack and apparel. Compulsory is execution of a prewritten routine for six to 12 riders in western tack. Freestyle allows youths to create their own routine within a given time limit and using at least three of six required maneuvers. Large freestyle teams are for seven to 12 riders, small freestyle teams are for four to six riders.
Reining Chaos will have its final practice night at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15.