July 19, 2015
Meet a drill team that was part of the entertainment at Breyerfest.
By Andrea Caudill
The Young Guns 4-H Drill Team has won more than a dozen national and regional championships in drill competition, and it takes only moments of watching a performance to realize why.
At a sparkling gallop, the team members and their horses – many of which are American Quarter Horses – move flawlessly from maneuver to maneuver, weaving between each other, moving in tandem, doing pinwheels and trick riding, all while carrying the American flag.
At the end of their performance at Breyerfest, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, the crowd cheered as they galloped out of the arena while doing full stands on their horses’ backs.
It’s all part of the entertainment at Breyerfest, a celebration of equines centered around Breyer Model Horses. The event, held July 17-19, is the biggest event by ticket sales at the Horse Park.
The Young Guns 4-H Drill Team (www.kentuckyyounggunsdrillteam.com) began in 1999 and is led by head coach Joyce Voet. There are 15-20 members on the team, which includes both 4-H youth and alumni who came up through the program but still enjoy the sport. The team is based in Boone County, Kentucky.
Among the Quarter Horses on the team are Stars Last Bett (Bett Ohio (TB)-Stars Empressives by Empressives Kin), DD Skeeter Lena (Jak Mr Leo Skeet 110-Joke O Lena by Just Another Joker), Cee Andys Booger Run (Flyn B Sugar Candy-Sweet Ratlin Hickory by Cee Bars Rattler), Pocos Sundance (Bandolero De Poco-Skippers Otoebar by Skippa Rickashay) and Otoes Peppy Ray (Peppy Bonita Rey-Miss Otoe Blondie by Mr Otoe Shadow).