Dieringer competes for rodeo queen title as Gukenberger ends reign
For the Hub City Times
AMHERST – Cierra Dieringer, Marshfield, will compete for the title of Amherst Little Britches of Wisconsin Rodeo Queen in August, as Carley Gukenberger ends her reign for the 2018 title.
Dieringer is a ninth grade student at Columbus Catholic High School. She is the daughter of Jerry and Cortney Dieringer, who live on a horse farm west of Marshfield.
“Outside of school I enjoy water skiing, swimming, four-wheeling, hunting, fishing, and hanging out with my friends,” Cierra said. “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 five 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.”
As Dieringer competes for the 2019 title, Gukenberger ends her reign as the 2018 queen.
“Winning the Amherst Rodeo Queen title as a 10 year old has taught me a lot about myself,” Gukenberger said. “I realized that even though I’m young I can make a difference. I’ve been a role model to all the Little Britches Rodeo Team. I’ve encouraged everyone to never give up, chase your dreams and with hard work and determination they will come true.
“As a competitor I’ve been there to lend a helping hand, to cheer for the great rodeo runs, and to motivate others to not give up over not so great runs. I’ve learned the most important part of being a great competitor in any sport is how you treat the people around you. Rodeo has taught me to stay positive and encourage everyone to do great.”
The Amherst rodeo is the state finals and is held Aug. 17-18. For more information, visit www.lbwrodeo.com.