Our team recently combined a performance with the Starspangled Cowgirls, Yucaipa's RODEO Drill Team, at the California Ranch Co.'s Mustang Makeover Horse Show.
We won a coveted Equestrian Entry in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade both times we applied in 2020 & 2022!
Our community service volunteer work with the Temecula Eq-Wine Riders supports the preservation of multi-use trails for horses, hikers and bikers, as well as all aspects of the Equestrian Industry in Temecula and Southern CA. Click the club's logo to visit TEWR and complete our team waiver before joining a practice!
Requirements to Join Temecula Cowgirls
We practice Sunday afternoons 3-4:30PM, team tryouts are held as needed. Drill routines are performed at a lope, parades at a walk. Skilled riders can attend one practice as our guest, consecutive practice invitations will be at the captain/coach discretion. New members can join at the team’s invitation, based on your performance during practices.
In addition to having strong moral character, athletic advanced level horsemanship skills, and a sound and tolerant horse, we require our members to have reliable transportation. Team members must commit to joining our scheduled practices, parades and events consistently.
Drill practice is weekly, will consider less frequently if a rider’s skill level allows and they can lope the current drill routines without issue and commit to perform.
Drill riders must commit to all scheduled Drill Performances and are highly encouraged to ride in all parades. An occasional missed practice is understandable, but consistent absence from practice affects the entire team performance and will not be tolerated. When you are absent your partner is alone.
Junior riders are considered on a case by case basis, a parent must remain present at all practices and events. Helmets are required for riders under 16yrs, unless a parent approves use of a cowboy hat with written permission.
All team members MUST join Temecula Eq-Wine Riders, our sponsor, annual dues of $100 for a team membership are collected when a new rider is accepted to the team. This fee will help to cover event insurance fees, entry fees, incidentals, equipment, etc. The mission of the club is to preserve SAFE riding trails and promote the Equestrian Industry in Southern California.
Basic personal attire items such as cowboy hat, jeans, team shirt, appropriate size black splint boots, etc. will need to be purchased. We do have some loaners to share while supplies last. We provide matching team-owned tack, saddle blankets, beautiful custom-made RODEO chaps and a practice flag for a seasonal lease to drill team riders. We are proud to say our team is one of the most affordable to join in SoCal! Our hard work fundraising for many years has enabled us to acquire the valuable investment of team-owned items.
Be sure to sign up for our newsletter at the TEWR website. Please contact Team Captain-Coach, Juanita Koth at firstname.lastname@example.org/text or call 951-515-9964 for further information and permission to join a Sunday afternoon practice in 2024.
About Our Team
The Temecula Cowgirls Parade Team was formed in 2013, after winning First Place Equestrian Division in Old Town Temecula's Independence Day Parade. In recent years, our team has transitioned in to a Drill Team. In 2014 we were awarded the honor of being the FIRST non-profit, community color guard group to be gifted a personal City of Temecula Flag. Our flag was presented formally at City Hall Chambers by Mayor Maryann Edwards.
Over the years we have acquired many First Place parade awards in Temecula, Murrieta, San Juan Capistrano's PRESTIGIOUS Swallows Day Parade, Cherry Valley Festival Parade, and more. These parades are professionally judged by the California State Horsemen's Association based on criteria of horsemanship, attire, tack, Color Guard presentation, ease of parade ride, execution of maneuvers and teamwork.
Our community service projects and fundraisers support trails preservation, therapeutic horseback riding and mini-horse therapy programs, preservation of Temecula's Rural Lifestyles and support of Southern California's Equestrian Industry. Watch for us performing at community events, parades, horse shows, Grand Openings, Western Days, Civic events, etc. We can offer a Grand Entry, Drill Routine and Formal Color Guard, depending on the venue.
On New Year's Day 2020 and 2022 we rode in the "Granddaddy of all Parades"...Pasadena's Tournament of Roses Parade, as well as performed at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center's EQUESTFEST Horse Show. Together, with the Horsewomen of Temecula and the Temecula Valley Horsemen's Association, we accomplished a dream come true for our Cowgirls and the City of Temecula. TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAMWORK!
During the Summer we practice on Sunday afternoon in the saddle 5:30-7PM (to avoid the heat), otherwise 3-4:30PM Fall thru early Spring. Practices are held in Murrieta, as well as at the California Ranch Company in Temecula. We have practice flags to loan.
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Performing at the Equesfest Horse Show Los Angeles Equestrian Center 2022 and riding in our annual Historic Old Town Temecula Independence Day Parade are examples of our team's commitment to share our club's mission with the community we love.