The Ogle County 4-H Horse Drill Team was formed in 1996. This year’s team is made up of 7 4-H’ers from Carroll and Ogle Counties ranging in age from 12 to 18. The members are Teddy Beauchem, Chana, Sharon Heather and Sarah Murray, Oregon, Alison Poole and Megan Poole, Polo, Natalie Shaw, Mt. Carroll and Taylor Yordy, Leaf River. Coaches are Allison Reed, Rochelle and Linda Schreiber, Leaf River.

The Ogle County 4-H Horse Drill Team has had a busy and exciting year. They had the honor of performing at Dena Gittleson’s 100th birthday party at Diamond G Ranch & Western Store. The team rode in several parades, Autumn on Parade (receiving 1st place in the Best Animal Division), Leaf River Summer Daze Parade (receiving 1st place in the Equine Division), and the Rochelle 4th of July Parade. Besides parades, they opened for the rodeos at the Ogle County Fair and Winnebago County Fair; presented flags at the Lee County Fair prior to the rodeo, and gave a performance at the Boone County Fair. On Labor Day, they traveled to the Walworth County Fair, Elkhorn, WI where they competed in the Youth Division in the drill team competition (receiving 1st place.)

The past two years they had the honor of being accepted and riding in the Chicago McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade route was down State Street. What a fantastic experience!

The drill team practices at the Ogle County Fair Grounds, Oregon. Their alternate practice site is the Diamond G Ranch and Western Store, Rochelle.

The drill team received a $1,000.00 grant from the Illinois 4-H Foundation. They used the money to purchase 4-H Flags and poles. They will use the flags for performances and competitions.

For more information on the drill team, contact the Ogle County 4-H Extension Office at 732-2919.


Left to Right – Taylor Yordy & Red, Sharon Heather & Butterfly, Teddy Beauchem & Lily, Sarah Murry, Alison Poole and Nakoma, Megan Poole on Snickers, Natalie Shaw on Ace


At the Walworth County Fair Rick Welch Memorial Dances with Horses Competition members of the the Ogle County 4H Horse Drill Team is carrying flags and poles purchased with the grant from the Illinois 4-H Foundation.

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