Roselake Ranch Drill Team is sponsoring the annual "Drill in The Pines" Equestrian Drill Team Competition, at the Nacogdoches County Expo & Civic Center on Saturday, May 20 beginning at 8 a.m. Equestrian drill teams and mounted color guard units from across Texas will compete in several different divisions: Adult, Youth, Novice, Theme, Gaited, Rodeo, Championship, and Challenged riders.   

The camaraderie, skill, and attention to detail formed within each drill, quad and color guard unit is closely akin to that seen at other team sports, such as, soccer, baseball, synchronized swimming, figure skating, etc.

Each of the teams competing in the "Drill in the Pines" have compiled countless hours in practice, choreography, music selection, costume design, fund raising and travel. The Roselake Drill Team has 30 riding members that make up the Roselake Rangers, Renegades, Quad, Rebels A & B and championship teams. The Roselake Rebels 16-man team won a blue ribbon at Nationals in 2016. The Outstanding youth riders have been selected to ride on the All-Stars Team at Nationals in Lindale, Texas. Riders range in skill levels and ages, making up a close knit drill team family.

"Drill stems back to the military, and it's all about precision. Any horse can do this; it doesn't have to be a big show horse. It can be from a pony to a draft horse. The great thing about drill, is that anyone can participate. It doesn't have to be a $30,000 horse. Everyone can have horsemanship skills - and drill, I think, helps promote that," -said Carmen Herrmann Stiles, Judge, United States Equestrian Drill Championship.

For more information on the "Drill in the Pines Equestrian Drill Team Competition," please visit, call 936-559-8222 or visit Roselake Ranch on Facebook.

About Roselake Ranch:

Roselake Ranch is located near Garrison, Texas. It is a family run ranch that is dedicated to sharing their love of animals with everyone. It is an equestrian boarding and training facility with many other features. They offer riding lessons for all ages and disciplines, and it is home to the Roselake Equestrian Drill Team. They have pony rides and horse rentals with a guided tour through the woods. There is a petting zoo, with a unique variety of animals that you can visit at the ranch, or have brought to you for a party. They offer a unique birthday party experience that will leave your guests with unforgettable memories. They can even accommodate the senior centers for farm visits. Whether you are young or old, Roselake Ranch would like to share their horses and animals with everyone.


The United States Equestrian Drill Association (USEDA) is the national governing body for drill and mounted color guard competitions. The USEDA fosters the continuation of the All Star Team, a group of top youth riders selected by their team each year, a scholarship program and nationwide drill competitions at the local, state, regional and national level.