Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center
Thank you to everyone who attended the 28th Annual Tribute Dinner! It was a sell out crowd.
Left to right: Ote Berry, Joe Thorne, Renee Kost Sutton and Jesse Bail.
We congratulated our nominees:
Rodeo Cowgirl Great: Renee Kost Sutton of Burke
Rodeo Cowboy Great: Jesse Bail of Camp Crook
Past Rodeo Great: Ote Berry, formerly of Scenic, now of Checotah, OK
Rodeo Promoter: Joe Schomer of Fort Pierre
Ranch Cowboy Family: Joe Thorne of Pierre
Rodeo Animal Athlete: Tipperary – owned by Charlie Wilson
Iconic Statue Returns to Fort Pierre!
The iconic Casey Tibbs revolving statue returned home in September 2017. A new base was created with spinning mechanisms to created South Dakota's famous original "weather vane." The fiberglass statue had several cracks in it and it needed to be repaired. The entire statue was repainted and fit with leather pieces. And yes, Casey is wearing real denim jeans!
We will be placing historical panels on the base with sponsorships. Interested parties can contact Cindy Bahe at 605-494-1094.
Get your bronze replica of the new statue of Casey Tibbs riding The Old Gray Mare.
The large bronze of 6-time World Champion Bronc Rider Casey Tibbs on The Old Gray Mare will be placed in 2018. This addition will accompany the current bronze statue of 5-time Bronc Rider Champion Billy Etbauer which was placed in 2011. A large statue of 4-time World Champion Clint Johnson will be placed in 2019. Upon placement of the third statue, the Sculpture Garden will highlight the top three World Champion Bronc Riders of South Dakota.
- Limited edition replica of the large bronze statue of Casey Tibbs riding The Old Gray Mare which will be placed outside in the Sculpture Garden in 2018. The large bronze will be 3/4 scale.
- 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
- Each 18" X 16" bronze replica is numbered by sculptor.
- Purchases of the small replicas will help offset the cost of the large sculptures.
- Gift certificates available.
- Order form for Casey Tibbs Bronze Statue
"Floating Horses" Debut
Thanks to everone who attended "Floating Horses - The Life of Casey Tibbs" debut mid-September in the Pierre/Fort Pierre area. More than 1,000 people attended the showings and the film got great reviews. We may have another showing in the winter of 2018.
The 2017 Match of Champions was held in June. This year Wade Sundell of Box Holm, Iowa scored 91 points on Luna Tic From Hell, owned by Burch Rodeo to win the Match of Champions. In addition to the prize money and a Casey Tibbs Tornado bronze, Sundell also won the Bicentennial saddle, crafted by Fort Pierre’s Dave Dahl. As an added entertainment feature, this year the Match included a pony ride that was won by contestant Isaac Assman of Isabel.
The Match of Champions was dedicated to Dahl, saddle maker and former bronc rider. Three other individuals were also honored at this year’s bronc ride: Honorary Secretary/Timer was Ann Wilson Frederick, originally of the Rosebud Indian Reservation, Honorary Chute Boss was Pierre native Roderick Hall and Honorary Arena Director was Dick Jones of Fort Pierre.
We had a record number of visitors at the museum that day. This year The Match of Champions drew riders and attendees from across our state as well as those from Texas, Wyoming, Iowa, North Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas and many of those visit the museum.
The 25th Match of Champions will be held next year the first Saturday of June.
Photography credits: Plooster Photography and Christine Sorensen
For more information and photos see the Match of Champions page.
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