GENERAL NOTES: Each year we have a Queen Contest. The elected Queen and Princess serve a 1 year term in the position. The Queen and Princess for 2018 will be replaced on Sunday of the rodeo this year and will serve for one year. There are several categories in which royalty contestants compete, and the one with the most points will become Queen, the one with the second most points will become Princess.
If you are interested in becoming a contestant for Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo Queen, email Lillie Bartelt or call her at 715.551.1121.
2018 Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo Royalty
Jasmine Valenta, 2018 WRPR Queen
Maddie Schulz, 2018 WRPR Princess
2017 Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo Royalty
Trystin LeSage, 2017 WRPR Queen
Hello everyone! My name is Trystin LeSage and I am a 2015 Wausau East graduate. While in high school I was a part of the Youth Apprenticeship Program working at a local small animal clinic as well as taking IB classes and maintaining a competitive GPA. At the moment I am working towards my dream of becoming a large animal veterinarian. I am currently still employed at the small animal clinic as well as a dairy embryo transfer company.
One of my earlier memories as a child is being with my grandma and being surrounded by a variety of animals. She had everything from cats and dogs to birds and hamsters. My grandma was also the person who introduced me to and gave me my first ride on a horse. From that time on they became a large part of my life.
When I was in middle school I joined 4H, Wisconsin Interscholastic Horsemanship Association, and FFA and began showing horses at the local fair. After two years of leasing horses I finally saved up enough money to buy Taffy. She became the first horse I owned, trained, went to state 4H with, and had that special bond with. From there I began showing Gypsy Vanners for a breeder at shows such as the North American Championships. One day my friend approached me and told me about the gymkhanas that are held in Merrill. She offered to trailer my horse and from there I began participating in the Friday night gymkhanas.
Outside of horses I enjoy fourwheeling, snowmobiling, fishing, spending time with friends and family, and being a part time nanny for 3 sweet girls.
I am looking forward to promoting the sport of rodeo in the upcoming year as the 2017 Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo queen. Not only am I excited for the experiences but also for the opportunities to meet new people and spread my passion for rodeo.
Kaiti Bargender, 2017 WRPR Princess
Hi! My name is Kaiti Bargender and I am the 2017 Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo Princess! I’m the daughter of Tom and Brenda Bargender, and we live on the east side of Wausau. Currently I am a junior at Wausau East High School. Alongside school, I’m an active member in both Wausau FFA and Badger 4H as well as Wausau East Alpine ski and the Wisconsin Interscholastic Horsemanship Association, or high school competitive horse team. Horses have been a major part of my life for as long as I can remember. I started riding when I was around three, with my first show being when I was four. Showing these amazing animals has taken me places further than I could have hoped on my own. Outside of the horse world I love hunting, fishing, shooting my bow, surfing and skiing. After highschool I plan on serving my country through the United States Army and then graduating from UW- Riverfalls or UW- Madison with a degree in Agricultural Engineering. I’m extremely honored to be this years princess!