2017 Winners at the Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo
Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo
Merrill, Wis., June 9-11
All-around cowboy: Kyle Whitaker, $1,218, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping and steer wrestling.
Bareback riding: 1. Mike Fred, 78 points on Barnes PRCA Rodeo’s No. 1-36, $1,023; 2. (tie) Tanner Phipps and Tyler Waltz, 77, $639 each; 4. (tie) Jordan Pelton and Blake Smith, 75, $128 each.
Steer wrestling: 1. Kyle Whitaker, 4.3 seconds, $1,036; 2. Jon Ragatz, 4.5, $857; 3. Jacob Burks, 4.7, $679; 4. Justin Zwiefel, 4.8, $500; 5. (tie) Noel Strahan and Ty Standley, 5.0, $250 each.
Team roping: 1. Logan Olson/Matt Kasner, 5.9 seconds, $1,738 each; 2. Ryan Von Ahn/Derrick Peterson, 6.0, $1,438; 3. J.B. Lord/Levi Lord, 7.0, $1,139; 4. Dilan Rucker/Marc Fenton, 7.3, $839; 5. Lee Van Der Geest/Jeff Butler, 11.7, $539; 6. Brant Spurgin/Gabe Gwaltney, 11.9, $300.
Saddle bronc riding: 1. (tie) Logan Allen, on Barnes PRCA Rodeo’s Phillip Scott, and Weston Pierschbacher, on Barnes PRCA Rodeo’s Frankie Joe, 79 points, $1,450 each; 3. Jade Blackwell, 78, $900; 4. Cody Rud, 77, $600; 5. Tate Thybo, 76, $350; 6. Dawson Jandreau, 75, $250.
Tie-down roping: 1. Blake Ash, 11.3 seconds, $1,056; 2. Cole Fulton, 11.4, $874; 3. Justin Zwiefel, 12.0, $692; 4. Ryan Richert, 14.4, $510; 5. Chance Locken, 14.8, $328; 6. Kyle Whitaker, 15.0, $182.
Barrel racing: 1. Ashley Baur, 17.74 seconds, $1,319; 2. Alexis Baratka, 17.75, $1,130; 3. Dusta Kimzey, 17.79, $942; 4. Kara Posch, 17.91, $816; 5. Julie Erkamaa, 17.94, $628; 6. (tie) Stacy Barney and Tamie Jo Martin, 17.95, $440 each; 8. Lindsay Leverington, 18.00, $251; 9. Kristine Knauf, 18.07, $188; 10. Kris Loomis, 18.10, $126.
Bull riding: 1. Freeman Yoder, 78 points on Barnes PRCA Rodeo’s No. 28, $1,762; 2. Jake Weber, 76, $1,335; 3. Will Crain, 75, $961; 4. Levi Berends, 72, $641; 5. Gumby Wren, 71, $374; 6. Andy Coughlin, 69, $267.
Total payoff: $41,930. Stock contractor: Barnes PRCA Rodeo. Sub-contractors: JC Kitaif ProRodeos and Dakota Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Martha Martin. Officials: Fritz Brewer and Gregory Caron. Timers: Martha Martin and Bonnie Cusimano. Announcer: Kelly Kenney. Bullfighters: Lucas Moore and Justin Wolfe. Flankmen: Talli Berger and Marty Barnes. Chute boss: Marty Barnes. Pickup men: Will O’Connell and Jeff Rector. Photographers: Dick Squire and Marty Welter. Music director: Mark Evans.
Mark your Calendars now for the 2019 Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo. June 7, 8, 9, 2019. This will be our 30th year in Professional Rodeo!
Watch for changes to our arena footing. We have the results from soil testing by Safe Arena Footing and will be implementing the recommended changes in the off season. Thanks to all of our contestants for their patience while we continue to upgrade the arena in our attempt to make it the best footing in any rodeo arena!
News from our Stock Contractor, Barnes PRCA Rodeo
Here’s a couple pictures from our cookout at Trig’s in Wausau, 05/06/17.
Here’s a few pictures from our cookout at Trig’s in Rhinelander 05/27/17
All of the monies raised stay local. Our Tough Enough to Wear Pink monies go to Marshfield Clinic for Cancer awareness, education, screening, and research. Our Never Forgotten Honor Flight monies go to sending veterans from North Central Wisconsin on the Honor Flight to our nations capital.
TICKETS for the 2018 Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo will go on sale online on or about November 1st, 2018.
WRPR Gives Back to the Community!
Jim Campbell (right) and Mike Thompson (left) from the Never Forgotten Honor Flight accepting a check for $2665.00 from Bryan Bloch (center right) President of the Lincoln County Rodeo Association, Inc. who sponsor the Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo, and Jim Brickner (center left), President of Brickner Park City.
The Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo and their Ram Rodeo partner, Brickner Park City and the Brickner Family have always held the Armed Services in high regards for all of the sacrifices they have made to keep this country free and strong. So when the decision was made to honor the armed services with the Friday night rodeo performance “Military Appreciation Night”, it was a simple decision to honor our veterans by donating to the Never Forgotten Honor Flight. Bryan Bloch said “We hope this is just the beginning of a tradition at the Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo, and would like to see it continue in the future”. “It was an honor to be able to sponsor the Military Appreciation Night at the Rodeo and send 5 Lincoln County Veterans to Washington D.C. to see their Memorials” said Jim Brickner. “We all agree that next year is a go so put us on your calendar June 9th, 2017”. 2016 was our 3rd year of donating to the Never Forgotten Honor Flight.
Donations to local Groups and Causes
Pictured in the following gallery are check presentations to some of the groups who help us put on the Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo. Without their hard work, along with the work of our committee, the rodeo wouldn’t be possible.
Faith Life Youth Group $650.00
BACA (Bikers Against Child Abuse) $250.00
Wisconsin Trail Blazers Sled Dogs $300.00
Mounted Search and Rescue $650.00
Corning All Stars 4H $650.00
Merrill Baseball Boosters $700.00
Pine River Fire Department $400.00
Merrill Amateur Radio Group $500.00
Merrill Eagles Club (not pictured) $1366.33
Tough Enough to Wear Pink (not pictured) $2000.00
We also donate to other groups and civic organizations by donating our time and efforts to their causes. We are a 100% not for profit organization, and all volunteer.
The Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo has been awarded the distinction of being the “BEST MEDIUM SIZE RODEO” in the Great Lakes Circuit of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association (PRCA) for 2009, 2011, and 2016.
If you are interested in becoming a contestant for Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo Queen, email Lillie Bartelt or call her at 715.551.1121.