Mid America Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Team is an equestrian drill team based in Three Oaks, Michigan with riders from Southwest Michigan, Northwest and Central Indiana and Illinois. The Cowgirls ride a variety of horse breeds including Quarter Horses, Paints, Arabians, and others all in Western style.
Their crowd pleasing performances and grand entry have had them invited to the River City Bull Bash PBR in North Carolina, Breyerfest at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, the Hoosier Horse Fair Rodeo, Jackson County High School Rodeo in Seymour, IN, Berrien County Youth Fair in Berrien Springs, MI and numerous SuperKicker Rodeos throughout Michigan and Indiana.
The Cowgirls are also honored with invitations to many parades: Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Thanksgiving Day Parade (both televised nationally), Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade, Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade, Cleveland WinterFest Parade, Blossomtime Festival Grand Floral Parade and many other local parades. They have been invited to and will participate in the 54th Presidential Inaugural Parade representing Michigan.
To promote equestrian drill, the Mid America Cowgirls, under the direction of Drillmaster and Captain Debbie Dunphy, conduct equestrian drill team clinics. These clinics include the three-day Hoosier Horse Fair in Indianapolis, Henry County Saddle Club in New Castle, IN and the Southwest Michigan Equine Ladies in Benton Harbor, MI. The Cowgirls continue to assist individuals, organize potential teams and introduce the many different maneuvers and structure of equestrian drill.
Whether in the arena performing a drill with intricate and daring maneuvers at a gallop or walking majestically on the parade route, the Cowgirls are always in matching uniforms of colorful cowgirl attire and beautiful rodeo queen style leather chaps. Their equine partners match as well with beautiful Weaver Leather Diamond Rodeo crystal highlighted leather tack.
Mid America Cowgirls – We Are Today’s Cowgirl!
Mid America Cowgirls will present drills each day during the Expo as well as doing the Saturday evening performance at 9:15 p.m.
Debbie Dunphy, Team Captain
Debbie was introduced to equestrian drill in 2000 while living in Olympia, Washington. There she rode with two drill teams, CC Riders Ladies Mounted Drill Team and R Troop, a co-ed drill team. After moving to Michigan, Debbie continued to ride and promote drill and became a competitive drill team judge.
In 2004 she founded and was Captain and Drill Master of Cowgirl Express Rodeo Drill Team, an Ohio-based team that in two years went on to capture the USEDC National Drill Team Championship. Debbie has performed and competed throughout the United States and in Canada as a member/captain of several drill teams. In 2008 she formed the Mid America Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Team and serves as Captain and Drill Master of this Michigan-based team.
Debbie has judged numerous competitions throughout the United States including the WLRCA State Competition, PNWDTA Championship, Reno Rodeo Drill Team Competition, WSEDTA Championship, Grand National Rodeo Drill Team Competition, USEDC National Championship, Georgia Horse Council Drill Competition, Florida State Fair Drill Competition, Northern Kentucky Horse Network Drill Competition, Bluegrass Bash Drill Competition, and many others.
In addition to judging, Debbie conducts equestrian drill team clinics and drill team judging clinics. In 2004 Debbie and her Arabian, Sur Golden Pride, were featured in the Arabian Horse Magazine for their equestrian drill team accomplishments. Debbie and her husband, Rob, live in Three Oaks, Michigan. She is a flight attendant for American Airlines.
Debbie, assisted by members of the Mid America Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Team will present clinic-type programs as follows:
- Friday March 10th:
2:30-3:30 p.m. – Basic Drill Maneuvers – Main Arena
- Saturday March 11th:
12:00-1:00 p.m. – Starting A Drill Team – Round Pen