Rodeo Royalty

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Ava Johnson

Hello there!
My name is Ava Johnson and I was born and raised on my family’s farm in Weyauwega, Wisconsin. Along with my two loving parents, (Charlene and Charles Johnson) I also have 2 sisters and 3 brothers. I have just recently been crowned the Mid-Western Rodeo Queen! This is my hometown rodeo which is based out of Manawa, WI. My closest sister in age has also just been crowned Miss Teen Rodeo Wisconsin! As I start out my year, I am very excited to be able to travel with her and make as many memories as possible! I am currently a senior at Weyauwega-Fremont high school and I am not sure about my future aspirations quite yet.
Overall, I can’t wait to see what this next year has in store and hope to see you all from time to time!


Ava Johnson
2023 Mid-Western Rodeo Queen



Ashley Bierman

Hey Rodeo Fans –
My name is Ashley Bierman and I am 21 years old. I currently reside in the beautiful town of Manawa and I am your 2023 Mid-Western Rodeo Princess! I am currently working on an associates degree in animal science and becoming a veterinarian technician. My hope is one day to own/manage my own horse boarding facility.
I currently enjoy trail riding, attending fun shows, and riding with the Pink Ribbons Rebels. I am hopping to learn how to breakaway rope over the winter. I didn’t have a “typical” start to my love for rodeo. I actually didn’t own my own horse until I was about 15 years old. I took riding lessons with one of our favorite local bus drivers Sue Suehs. I learned right from the start that owning, caring for, and riding horses was much more than just “fun”. I have learned great responsibility from the many opportunities I have experienced.
A fun fact about me is that I haven’t always been into your typical light horse breeds. I actually used to show hitch style Percheron’s. I got the opportunity to exhibit these Percheron’s in multiple county fairs and open shows, including the 2018 World Percheron Congress! I was able to show in halter classes, English and western style riding, and driving classes.
I look forward to meeting everyone at the 2023 Mid-Western Rodeo! Having the opportunity to be the Mid-Western Rodeo Princess has been a grand adventure so far. I have made many memories and cannot wait to make many more. I’m excited to see what the future has in store.
I would like to express my gratitude and thanks to the Ziebell family and The Manawa Lions Club for continuing to bring The Greatest Show on Dirt back to Manawa every year. Also, the countless hours and dedication they put into the rodeo grounds to keep it very well maintained and open to the public. I would like to give my parents a huge thank you for always supporting me and pushing me to be the best version of myself. I also would like thank Jeffana Holsteins for allowing me time off work to follow my dreams and to Darrell Oleson for being super easy to work with and making my dream chaps a reality.
I look forward to seeing you all at the 2023 Mid-Western Rodeo!
Ashley Bierman
2023 Mid-Western Rodeo Princess