The Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo is a sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA). This June 7-9, 2019 we celebrate our 30th anniversary of bringing quality, family entertainment to central and northern Wisconsin in beautiful Merrill.
Experience western heritage fun at the Merrill Festival Grounds with a weekend celebration for the whole family to enjoy. Entertainment includes rodeo performances with bucking horses and bulls, a big beer garden, live music and after the rodeo dance Friday and Saturday, vendors, merchants and more. The Lincoln County Rodeo Association, Inc. is comprised of all volunteers that produce the award winning rodeo. Our hospitality shines, in 2017 we won the WPRA National Award for Small Committee of the Year. The PRCA Great Lakes Circuit has voted them the best medium size rodeo three times in 2016, 2011 and 2009.
A “horse-crazy” little girl, who has turned into a horse crazy grown woman, will entertain at the Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo’s 30th Anniversary performances.
Trick and Roman rider Dusti Crain Dickerson will perform at each show of the Wisconsin River Pro Rodeo , June 7-9, at the Merrill Festival Grounds, in Merrill Wisconsin.
The St. Peter, Ill. cowgirl grew up around horses, with a dad who owned a rodeo company, providing horses and bulls for rodeos. She barrel-raced and carried the American flag during grand entries for rodeos.
But it was when she was 8 years old, while on vacation at the Dolly Parton Stampede in Branson, Mo. that she saw Roman riding: a person standing atop a pair of horses, with one foot on each horse. “I got home and Roman riding became my obsession,” she said. Within a year, she was performing at rodeos.
After high school graduation in 2005, she moved to Pigeon Forge, where she practiced the craft of trick riding and roman riding for the Dolly Parton Stampede for 12 years. When she was able, she worked rodeos across the U.S.
Dusti rides three horses for her act: Blue, Rummy and Dash. Blue, her number one horse, has a unique story. Her dad, Ronnie Crain, had owned the Hancock-bred horse, who liked to buck. The family sold the horse, and a week later, her dad died. The brothers decided to buy Blue back, and a year later he was back to his old tricks of bucking. Dusti was in need of a roman riding horse, so she tried blue, and he loved it. “It was what he was meant to do,” she said.
When she’s not performing at rodeos across the nation, Dusti helps with the family’s rodeo business and gives riding lessons. This year she will entertain at 35 rodeos.
Dusti loves trick riding and loves horses.
“I was a typical horse-crazy little girl,” she said. “And that hasn’t changed. I get to make my living with horses, and I never take that for granted.”
At every rodeo or show she performs, she thinks of the little girl she was when she became enamored with Roman riding.
“I remember there might be a little Dusti in the crowd who might be looking up to me. The Roman riding (at Branson) changed my life. This is extremely rewarding.”