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2010-07-09 / General Stories

Texas Tornadoes at National Competition

Pictured are some of the members of the Lee County Texas Tornadoes Mounted Drill Pictured are some of the members of the Lee County Texas Tornadoes Mounted Drill The Lee County Texas Tornadoes left Lexington on June 22 at 6:30 in the morning and returned from their National Competition at 2:30 a.m. on June 27. The group won several awards during the competition. They brought home a First Place ribbon in the Senior Quad competition; a First Place ribbon in the Challenged Ride division; a Second Place award Reserve Championship in the Adult/ Youth Mix competition; 3rd and 4th Place ribbons for Color Guard; 3rd Place in the 4H Division; 4th and 5th Place ribbons in the Youth Quad competition and a 5th Place award, out of 18 teams, in the Theme competition.

There were 61 teams from seven different states competing at the event. One of the organizers of the Lee County Texas Tornadoes, Garry Turner, said, “It is so nice to see the people I started riding with 34 years ago bring their family back to the Drill Team to continue this family tradition.”

Participating in the Over 40 Adult Quad Drill Team division at the National Competition last month, and winning First Place, were Gary Torn, Earl Schultz, Garry Turner and Darrell Griffith. Participating in the Over 40 Adult Quad Drill Team division at the National Competition last month, and winning First Place, were Gary Torn, Earl Schultz, Garry Turner and Darrell Griffith. Earl Shultz was Garry’s adult leader when he was in 4H the first year Lee County went to the State Competition that was held at the Will Rogers Coliseum in Ft. Worth. Now Earl rides with his son, Randy Schultz, daughter Brenda Pillack and granddaughter Whitney Pillack.

Other members of the Lee County Texas Tornadoes who traveled to Nationals last month were Garry Turner, Angela Turner, Katie Turner, Kayla Turner, Cheryl Medders, Darrell Griffith, Savannah Griffith, Brian Griffith, Timmy Griffith, Ashley Horack, Autumn Hall, Brooke Teal, Mandy Berger, Amber Turnipseed, Jordan Wilhite, Gary Torn, Jana Torn, Garyln Radford, Keri Green, Kathy Smith and John O’Bier.

Pictured above are youth Drill Team competitors Savannah Griffith, Amber Turnipseed, Garyln Radford and Mandy Berger. Pictured above are youth Drill Team competitors Savannah Griffith, Amber Turnipseed, Garyln Radford and Mandy Berger. Angela Turner said, “Drill is a wonderful family-shared experience that is made possible by the hard work and dedication of the riders, their family members, and the support of the local community.”

The Texas Tornadoes Drill Team was established in 2007 so the youth of Lee County could continue to ride in Drill no matter the age of the riders – youth to adult.
Pictured above are the 3rd Place Winners in the National Color Guard competition. Team members are Gary Torn, John O’Bier, Earl Schultz and Garry Turner. Pictured above are the 3rd Place Winners in the National Color Guard competition. Team members are Gary Torn, John O’Bier, Earl Schultz and Garry Turner.

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