Pro Rodeo Announcer
Pro Rodeo Announcer Roger Mooney returns for his 22nd year the at the 60th annual Mid-Western Rodeo
Known for announcing rodeo from the back of his horse “Flash” and calling the Manawa Rodeo the”Rose Garden of Wisconsin,” Roger is a household name among rodeo fans. Born and raised in Ellijay, Georgia, Mooney’s career began by accident in 1984 when in college, he stepped in for the scheduled rodeo announcer who had a heart attack. In short time, Mooney went from being a contestant to one of the best announcers on the circuit with announcing accolades that include 2-time NFR, 5-time Calgary Stampede, 5-time Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo, 10-time High School Rodeo Finals and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association Announcer of the Year.
Roger’s wife, Ashley, joins in the production side of the rodeo performance providing the music and setting the atmosphere for “the greatest show on dirt”. When not rodeoing, Mooney can be found in the recording studio making radio and TV commercials, raising registered Angus cattle or playing with his two kids, Cash and Morgan. You can also catch him on occasion on the Outdoor Channel and ESPN.
Professional Rodeo Clown
Recently voted 2017 PRCA Comedy Act of the Year, Gizmo McCracken has won numerous awards while entertaining rodeo fans for over 25 years. “I supply a Character,” Gizmo states, and many of those characters will find their way into your town and your arena. “I like to keep people looking for me and wondering what I am going to do next.” said Gizmo. His acts share a high energy, clean, family oriented feel which adds a fresh new atmosphere. Regardless of whether you have seen him before or this is your first experience you will leave laughing.
Specialty Act – Bull Jumping
Bull Jumping will be on display at the Mid-Western Rodeo when Frenchman Emmanuel Lataste, whose stage name is Manu Lataste, will leap and flip majestically over a charging bull. Lataste claims to be the world’s only professional bull jumper. The sport in French is not known as bull jumping, it is called, Course Landaise and is a south-western French tradition.
This tradition asks men and women, without any protection, to enter an arena with a Mexican Bull. As the beast begins his full on attack, the skilled jumper, leaps and flips majestically over the beast. Bull Jumping mixes Course Landaise’s fundamentals with spectacular aerial movements. The livestock originally used for Bull Jumping was a Spanish breed called Toro Bravo. In North America, they are called Mexican Bulls. The only restriction on the bull is that its horn tips are covered or cut. In a 5 minute performance, 5 to 8 movements are performed over the bull. Lataste commented that bull jumping has been a tradition in France for a couple centuries.
“My father used to do that, my brothers. It was kind of normal,” said Lataste. “I have jumped maybe 500 bulls. I have broken [bones throughout] my body. I love what I do; it’s my passion.”
Rodeo City Riders Drill Team
Rodeo City Riders Drill Team of Manawa, WI
They’re Loud – They’re Proud – They’re Genuine American Cowgirls!!!
In 1999, eight friends performed a short flag presentation routine at the Manawa Mid-Western Rodeo to the strains of The Stars and Stripes Forever and so the Rodeo City Riders Drill Team was born! Over the years, the group has brought improvements to all aspects of the drill team: length and complexity of the routine, more elaborate outfits for both horses and riders, and more performances and competitions every year. The team soon became well known for representing the Stars and Stripes.
The Rodeo City Riders Drill Team is honored to have a chance to give back to the American people, especially the ones who fight to keep our freedom, by giving spectators a show that won’t leave a dry eye in the stands! Designed to show off the power and speed of the horse, the talent of the cowgirl and give inspiration to all, the Rodeo City Riders leave you feeling as they do: Proud to be an American!
Pink Ribbon Rebels
The Pink Ribbon Rebels youth drill team will perform before each rodeo on Saturday afternoon and Saturday night. For more information about the Pink Ribbon Rebels, please click here.