Royalty Contestants


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 2017 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.

Document Downloads

Contestant Agreement •  Contestant Application
Contestant Duties  •  Contestant Rules


View previous Queens and Princesses >

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

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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

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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!


2018 Queen Candidates

Madison Schulz

My name is Madison Schulz, I am the 16-year-old daughter of Danielle Schulz and Tyler Hess.  I am a junior at Merrill Senior High School.  After High School, I plan to attend college and pursue a career in the field of chiropractic care for people and horses.

I have been around horses all my life and began barrel racing when I was just 4 years old. Over the years, working with horses has taught me many valuable life lessons.  I have learned the value of hard work, responsibility, commitment, patience, and unconditional love.  I have learned to handle winning and losing with grace.  When you fall down – always get back up.   Owning horses has given me the opportunity to create memories with my family and friends that I will cherish for a lifetime.  I dedicate much of my free time to trail riding, barrel racing, and working with my horses.  I am an active member of the National Barrel Horse Association, Merrill Riders Club, Badger Horse Show Association, and the Lincoln County 4-H Horse Project.

I feel blessed to have the opportunity to run for Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo Queen 2017.  I would love to share with others my passion for horses and for the sport of Rodeo.


Jasmine Valenta

My name is Jasmine Valenta.  I am currently a freshman at the University of Wisconsin River Falls, where I am pursuing an Animal Science degree with an emphasis in meat animals, specifically swine.  Although I am not majoring in equine, horses have been a major part of my life since before I can remember.  The first time I sat on a horse, I was about six months old.  Although I cannot remember way back then, I am sure it was love at first ride.  Since then, I have shown my horses in a range of disciplines at the Wisconsin Valley Fair and many other local shows. My hard work ethic has enabled me to place very well and succeed in each discipline and show.

Throughout high school, I was involved in FFA as an officer and a very active member.  I competed in various competitions and projects. I have also been very involved in 4-H and showing pigs.  Pigs have had a large impact on my life, which is why I am pursuing my degree in the swine industry.  I enjoy spending my free time outside with my animals, hunting, fishing and snowmobiling with my family.  Now that I am in college, I have taken on the new adventure of joining new organizations and clubs. I am currently a member of the agriculture sorority, Sigma Alpha – Beta Zeta and a member of both intramural volleyball and softball teams.


Brooke Sowiak

My name is Brooke Sowiak. My parents are Mark Sowiak and Melissa Pliska. I was born and raised in Wausau, WI. I am a sophomore at Wausau West High School. Through the Youth Apprenticeship program at school I work at Countryside Animal Hospital.  I have always had a passion for horses and I started riding when I was 4 years old. I have been in 4-h since 2010 showing my own horse and throughout the years different varieties of animals. Other than 4-h, I participate in the Merril Gymkhanas.

In my spare time, I do photography, ride my horse or doing competitions, 4-h activities, and just being by animals.

I am beyond excited to be a rodeo queen contestant, but also to be part of behind the scenes of an amazing rodeo. I have gone to the WI River Pro Rodeo for many years. I always admired the rodeo queens because they have continually inspired me to be like them and what they are doing. Such a great opportunity to return the favor, inspiring many other girls as well. I am extremely honored to be part of this years Rodeo Queen court.