Specialty Acts

roger-mooney-rodeo-announcerPro Rodeo Announcer


Pro Rodeo Announcer Roger Mooney returns for his 23rd year at the 61st 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


2010 NFR Barrel Man, Robbie Hodges, from Cave Spring, GA will keep ’em laughing the whole show through! In only 5 years, Robbie has become one of the most demanded and best in the business. His jokes, commentary and acts are undeniably hilarious. We just dare anyone to try not to laugh.



Specialty Act – Trick Riding


Trick Rider Dusti Dickerson from St. Peter, Ill brings beautiful fast horses, elaborate costumes and plenty of fire and excitement to the Mid-Western Rodeo. Dusti grew up in a rodeo family and saw trick riding for the first time during a family vacation. She told her dad that she would do that one day and at 11 years of age Dusti performed her first trick riding act at a rodeo and never looked back. She has performed in over 30 states and is best known for roman riding atop fast running horses bareback and barefoot. Dusti travels with a black and white team named Rummy and Blue and her trick riding horses Dash and Doc.




Rodeo City Riders Drill Team


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!



Pre-Rodeo Entertainment


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.