Drill teams are a very important part of rodeo tradition. There are teams, such as the Pikes Peak Rangerettes, that have been around for decades, transforming the world by promoting western heritage and volunteering their time to help others.
I discussed some of the important aspects of this drill team with Stacy Reid Bandock, and was informed about how generations of ladies have made such a difference in the world because of the skills they learned while being a rangerette, “Tradition is a long-standing theme in western heritage, and the Pikes Peak Rangerette Drill Team is no exception. For sixty years, this team of twenty young women between the ages of twelve and twenty have been a major promotional tool for the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo in Colorado Springs, Colorado.”
Stacy continues, “Most importantly, this organization is dedicated to molding young girls into successful women by helping them develop skills in teamwork, communication, responsibility, and horsemanship. These ladies volunteer hundreds of hours a year to promote western heritage and support military families. Because of this organization created in 1957, young women in the Pikes Peak Region can form lifetime friendships, grow as horsewomen, and develop vital skills to make them successful in their lives and future careers.”
The Pikes Peak Rangerettes are currently gearing up for their 60th Year Anniversary Celebration that will take place during the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo; the rodeo will occur July 12-15 at the Norris Penrose Event Center.
Since this drill team is celebrating such a major anniversary, they have decided to do something very special! The team is wanting to reconnect with the women who helped build this amazing program over the last sixty years.
The rangerettes are currently seeking assistance in finding these successful women who went on to having meaningful careers as marketers, veterinarians, directors, and more!
The Pikes Peak Range Riders Foundation states, “The Pikes Peak Rangerettes are celebrating 60 years and that calls for a celebration! The Alumni Committee is on a mission to track down the 100’s of alumni and create a historical record book of their membership and to honor alumni at the 60th anniversary celebration on Saturday, July 15th at 3PM, during rodeo.
If you or someone you know was once part of this excellent organization, please visit the contact page on the Pikes Peak Rangerettes website to get reconnected with the team.