Hi, I’m Carley Gukenberger I’ve had the honor to be the 2018 Amherst Little Britches Rodeo Queen. This past year has been a very rewarding experience for me. I’ve had the best time meeting new people and encouraging them to come to the Amherst Rodeo and see what great competitors we are. Some of the fun things I’ve attended were the parades! I was able to attend my home town Marshfield Christmas Parade and the Amherst Parade two years in a row. I was surprised to learn how many people I met didn’t know about rodeos. I spread the word of all the fun things for families to do especially at Amherst where we proudly compete at our year-end finals. I’ve also had the opportunity to give roping and goat tying demonstrations at local schools in an attempt to help promote the sport I love. Encouraging others to join rodeo has definitely been my most rewarding experience.
Here are this years candidates for Little Britches Rodeo Queen
My name is Cierra Dieringer, I’m 15 years old and the daughter of Jerry and Cortney Dieringer. I live on a horse farm west of Marshfield, Wisconsin.
I’ll be a freshman this fall at Columbus Catholic High School. There I’m involved in playing basketball, softball, soccer, and I play in the school band. I also enjoy serving in our school’s mission club. Outside of school, I enjoy water skiing, swimming, four-wheeling, hunting, fishing, and hanging out with my friends. My biggest love is rodeo. It’s a passion, really. From the horses I ride to the friends I make all across the state and out of state. I’m a very competitive person and desire to do my best with the animals I love most.
I started on a horse when I was just a toddler and the love grew from there. I began competing when I was 5 years old doing Fun/Speed shows. The shows were just not enough for me and my parents thought Little Britches would be a good fit for me and my sister. They were right, because I look forward to every rodeo and my rodeo friends. In fact, I love it so much I also compete in Wisconsin High School Rodeo as well. There I hope to make it to Nationals and beyond. My decision for running for rodeo queen is simple, I want to promote the sport that I love most. I’m always trying to convince my horse-riding friends to come check out what I do and to try it. I also feel it is a great family sport where we cheer each other on to do our best.
Welcome friends and family to the Amherst Little Britches of Wisconsin Rodeo. It is my pleasure to introduce myself to you. My name is Laura Bartels, often called Laura Lee or chicken nugget! I am 12 years old, going into the 7th grade at Potosi Public Schools. This is my fifth year of doing LBW rodeos and my first year to run for Amherst Queen.
Rodeo is a family tradition for us. I am the youngest in my family with two older brothers. I participate in Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Goat Tying, and Breakaway Roping. I also volunteer in and out of the arena with many of my friends doing anything from barrel and pole setting and event directing to singing the National Anthem.
I am most looking forward to the horsemanship part of the queen competition as it challenges me to become a better rider and communicator with my horse.
If I am fortunate enough to win, I will promote the sport of rodeo and the Little Britches of Wisconsin Rodeo Association along with the Amherst LBW.
I would like to thank all of my friends and family for their help and support in the adventure! Long live cowboys and cowgirls!
Hello, my name is Garrett Pickel and I am 13 years old. I am from a small town in the very northwest corner of Illinois, called Scales Mound, where I live with my parents and my brother. We live on a farm which is great for me because I love living out in the country. Ever since I was little, we have had horses and I have ridden from the moment I could sit in front of my mom and go on a trail ride. This is where I found my love of horses which led into rodeo. When I was 6, my parents took my brother and I to a rodeo clinic and it was then that I knew I wanted to do rodeo. Along with rodeo, I also love to take my horses and trail ride and camp and participate in the 4-H horse show. Throughout the school year, I also play softball, volleyball, and basketball, and am a part of FFA, choir, and band. In my free time I also enjoy swimming, baking, babysitting, and having campfires.
I want to run for Amherst Rodeo Queen because it is a great opportunity to be a role model for others and promote the sport of rodeo. When I was little, I looked up to many of the High School Rodeo Queens and I would love the opportunity to be able to do the same for other kids. ttl