Gilroy Rodeo Flag Team

The Gilroy Rodeo Flag Team was formed in 2017 and we are so excited to be going into our 4th year. The teams work hard each year to finesse several patterned routines in order to bring the best presentation of all flags during the Gilroy Rodeo. It takes a lot of commitment and work to memorize patterns/timing/spacing, riders and horses must keep in good athletic shape. Several months each year, before the Gilroy Rodeo, riders begin practicing so they can confidently and safely carry a flag during rodeo performances. These riders will get the honors of flying sponsors flags several times through out the rodeo each day and riding a patriotic routine once during the main rodeo performance each day. This is a team sport, riders will have to work well in groups and take coaching and instruction from the Flag Team Coach/Coordinator.

Get Involved
Flag Team Try Outs: April 12th at 6:30 PM 
Open Arena begins at 5:30, Try Outs begin promptly at 6:30

Please enter via 7955 FERGUSON AVE GILROY, CA 95020 on the April 12th try outs

Must attend 75% of practices and let us know of your attendance conflicts prior to practice

Warm up arena is closed to all during Flag Team try outs & future practices - All riders must remain in main arena while in attendance 

Everyone on horseback must sign a GR waiver

Teams

  • Fly By Team: Riders will do one controlled lap in arena with major sponsor flags at high speed

  • Grand Entry Team (all riders): Riders will carry all sponsor flags and present them in the grand entry ceremony 

  • Flag team performance team: Riders will carry flags and do a 2-3 minute program 

  • Understudy team: Riders that were not placed on others teams are placed on the understudy team. The team is welcome to attend all practices and exposes horses to the rodeo environment in a safe manner. These riders can fill in at practices and if needed, performances as well. 

 

Requirements and Guidelines 

  • All riders must be approved by the try out process

  • Junior riders (under 18) are welcome but must ride with a helmet

  • Riders must be experienced and in complete control of horse at all times

  • Riders must provide and use a flag boot

  • Riders must have their own transportation

  • Once chosen for the team, all practices, performance and parades are mandatory unless excused by coach

  • NO drinking or drugs of any kind during practices /performances or while wearing Gilroy Rodeo Flag Team Apparel (Some GRFT apparel may be provided for performances) 

  • Horse Guidelines:

    • Must ride in a western saddle and one handed at performances and practices

    • No Stud Horses (no exceptions)

    • No kicking/biting/bucking

  • Rider Guidelines:

    • Must wear collared, button down, long sleeve shirt and western style blue jeans (no rips) at performances

    • Proper jeans and boots are required for all riders at practices

    • Must ride in cowboy boots at performances and practices

    • Cowboy hat (straw) or helmet required for performances

Any rider in violation of these requirements may be asked to leave the team

Got Questions? Please contact: 

Serena Heppes: Text (408) 204-2891, serenaheppes@icloud.com

Karinn Orr: 408-710-8404, orrkarinn@gmail.com

Suzann Ynzunza: (408) 202-0068, sponsors@gilroyrodeo.com

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