Casey Tibbs “Match of Champions” Bronc Ride & Bronze Unveiling Events Draw Crowds
Sanctioned as a PRCA Event for the first time, the 25th Annual Match of Champions on June 2nd was a great success with 1,700 attending! We had the top 10 out of the top twenty bronc riders in the nation, and four World Champions in Fort Pierre. Congratulations to Wade Sundell who won the Match for the fourth time!
The unveiling of the "Casey Tibbs on The Old Gray Mare" statue was held earlier that day with more than one hundred people attending. This statue of 6 Time World Champion Bronc Rider Casey Tibbs was the second sculpture placed in the Sculpture Garden. The first statue of 5 Time World Champion Bronc Rider Billy Etbauer was placed in 2013. A third bronze of 4 Time World Champion Clint Johnson will be placed in 2018. The museum also displays two large bronze statues inside; all statues are created by T.R. Chytka of Belle Fourche. Once complete, this will highlight the top three bronc riders in South Dakota.
Small replicas of all three outdoor statues are available. Call for more information: 605-494-1094.
Get your bronze replica of Casey Tibbs riding The Old Gray Mare
Limited edition, numbered 18" X 16" bronze replica will be 3/4 scale. Only 100 will be produced.
·Replica mounted on high quality wood base with engraved brass nameplate.
·Created by nationally famous sculptor, T.R. Chytka, a Belle Fourche, SD rancher and former champion bull rider.
·Replicas #11-100 are $2,500. Add $100 for crating and shipping.
·Replicas #1-10 are $3,500-$5,000 plus $100 for
crating and shipping.
·50% down payment upon order.
·Purchases of the small replicas will help offset the cost of the large sculptures at the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center.
·About the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center:
The Center is located near the Verendrye Monument in Fort Pierre, South Dakota is a historical museum devoted to the legendary sport of South Dakota rodeo; the history and its stars.
With an extensive collection of the memorabilia and collections of icons Casey Tibbs, 9-time World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider and Mattie Goff Newcombe, the spectacular trick rider of the 1920s, and 18 other world champions, this museum provides a historical view into the rich culture which has made rodeo such an important part of South Dakota history.
We can provide personal tours to groups big and small. Our parking lot is easilly accessible by tour busses and RV's. We can even package a museum tour with a lunch, dinner or social hour complete with appetizers and bar beverages, when arranged in advance.
"Beautifully done! I so enjoyed the whole experience." -Linda W., Peoria, AZ
"Great! Worth the trip!" -Don S., Medicine Hat, Alberta
"Rodeo, Cowboys- perfect. Good museum. Glad we had a chance to see this." - John & Carotta J. , Woodbury, MN
"Terrific place. Long live Rodeo!" George & Debbie G., Hendersonville, TN
"Very fun fund! We stumbled upon a great museum while exploring Pierre!" - Kent & Elizabeth Woodfin, Alamo, GA
"Outstanding history of rodeo and a very nice museum! Enjoyed!"-Kathy O., Guntersville, AL
"It was a great find! Enjoyed the museum!" - Jerry & RoseMary M., Belen, NM