About Us

Non-Profit Equestrian Drill Team

Promoting the western way of life through good will and a love for the sport of rodeo!

Community Based

Always looking for new opportunities to give back

Membership Driven

Sharing a common passion for horses, teamwork, community & leadership

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Who We Are

Sweethearts of the West is a non-profit equestrian drill team located in beautiful Colorado.  Members are made up of ladies from across the front range sharing a common passion for horses, teamwork, community and leadership.

Our Commitment

 We take great pride in our mission our community and our Country.  We believe that promoting a positive image and an awareness of rodeo is the heart of preserving our western heritage. 

Our Responsibilities

Member responsibilities include promoting the western way of life through actions and deeds; participating in community and charity events; promoting the sport of rodeo through education and showcasing drill performances at rodeos and special events throughout the year.   

Membership Requirements

Open Membership 

September 2018 - March 2019

  • Age - Gals 14 and up 
  • Equitation skill - Drill team experience preferred but not required.  Applicant must possess a competent level of horsemanship and equitation skills to be considered. 
  • Equine- members are not required to own a horse but must have a lease agreement with access to a horse and trailer to participate (stallions are not allowed).
  • Qualifying Ride - applicant must complete 3 "Qualifying Rides" during open membership to determine level of equitation skill and horse/rider compatibility.
  • Prior Drill team experience may be considered in exchange for number of QR's required
  • Next QR (tentatively) Sunday Jan 13  (time/location pending) Interested applicants must register in advance to participate.
  • Performance team is made up of full and part-time members. However, the Performance team is limited to 20 full-time members each year.  
  • Team Practice - members attend weekly practice rides, Sundays 1-3pm beginning in March 
  • Event/show season- May through mid August. Must be willing to commit to at least 50-75% of the show schedule.
  • Membership Fee $75  (non-refundable)


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Community & Leadership

  • Horses In Masquerade- presented by Sweethearts of the West Members participate in this annual fall charity event (early October) to benefit the team and the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund. 


  • Charity Events - Throughout the year, we volunteer / participate in a variety of charitable events, most of which occur during our off season. Member participation encouraged, not required.


  • LEADERSHIP AWARD Each year a select member is awarded with a custom belt buckle from Montana Silversmiths for her outstanding leadership; commitment to the mission; volunteer hours; team dedication, and overall performance.


  • Volunteer Spirit - Awards given to top 3 members and or volunteers who have contributed the most hours throughout the year.


  • Community Spirit - Awards given to top 3 members and or volunteers who have contributed the most hours towards community /charity events throughout the year.


Volunteers

Sweethearts of the West is a 100% volunteer organization.  We do not charge for our performances.


  • Team support - In addition to the performance team we welcome and encourage the support of volunteers - friends, family and like-minded individuals who enjoy giving back to their community. 

Various volunteer opportunities include but not limited to:

  • ground support at events-gates
  • first aid
  • photography
  • costumes
  • flags
  • off season events-various