We here at midwestrodeos.com would like to first extend a huge thank you Keith and Dana Wojciechowski for inviting us out to the 2015 Wojo Rodeo Circuit Finals event, held for the first time at The Sanford Center in Bemidji, MN.
All of us watching were nothing short of electrified from the fast paced, entertaining evening of rodeo action. The rodeo held a multitude of exciting events that you don’t see everyday in the mid-west area, from riding and roping to steer wrestling and barrel racing, they had it all! The Wojo rodeo even had Jr. Bulls, and Jr. barrel Racing events for the younger rodeo stars. The top 15 cowboys and cowgirls in each event from the 2015 season were competing for the sought after champion gold buckle. Though not as important to the performers, there is also prize money, and points given out to the champions.
Wojo’s Rodeo is owned and operated by Keith and Dana Wojciechowski of Greenbush, MN. Keith and Dana have been hosting rodeos for over ten years in Northern Minnesota; they also own and operate Wojo’s Horse Training. Keith and Dana share their passion for the sport of rodeo with their children Kally and Tylor (pictured above). Along with rodeos and training horses, Wojo’s also host clinics to support and encourage their current members to train and learn new techniques, beyond that they recruit and teach new performers the tricks of the trade when it comes rodeo and riding horses. Wojo’s Rodeo strives to promote the sport of rodeo in a family friendly environment where ages of all competitors male and female can compete.
After being to just one event the Wojo Rodeo mission seems pretty clear. They want to get the rodeo stars of tomorrow started, and help them fall in love with not only the rush of rodeo, but the rodeo family, and way of life. Programs such as the Wojo Rodeo Circuit are exactly what the sport of rodeo needs to keep rodeo, and the cowboy way alive. You could see it in everyone’s eyes that they were all wanting each performer to succeed. The performers were helping out their fellow performer, even though they are opponents in the same event, and the staff went above and beyond to make sure everyone got their fair shot at that gold buckle. After going to, and competing in many rodeos over the years, the most impressive thing I notices about the Wojo rodeo, is the pace the rodeo moved at. I don’t know about you, but I have been to rodeos where it seems each performer takes several minutes to prepare, leaving a lag in the action for the audience. The Wojo rodeo had no issues, having on of the most fluid performance I have ever seen! Dana Wojo contributes this to a pre rodeo meeting with the performers to ensure everyone is prepared, and ready to go.
Midwest Rodeos was fortunate enough to meet up with some of the stars of the Wojo rodeo circuit, and in January they will be featured on our Performer Of The Week segment. I would like to thank Holly Hron, Casey Wangen, Laurea Medved, John Ressler, and Amber Crandall for taking time out of such a busy day to speak with us. They will be some of the first performers to be in the performer of the week segment.If you or anyone you know would like to be a part of the performer of the week posts please Contact Us!
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