March 23, 2018:
Casey Tibbs “Match of Champions” Bronc Ride to be Sanctioned as PRCA Event
For the first time in its’ 25 years, the Casey Tibbs “Match of Champions” bronc ride will be an official Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) event. The event will be held Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the Stanley County Fairgrounds in Fort Pierre.
As the largest American rodeo association in the world, the PRCA endorses particular rodeos across the United States, and as far away as Canada, Mexico and Brazil. Top competitors in each of the circuit rodeo events compete for points at PRCA events held during the year. “The Casey Tibbs ‘Match of Champions’ will be one of those circuit rodeo events this year attracting the best riders from across the country,” said Board Member Bryan Hanson. “Herreid, South Dakota will also host a PRCA event the night before (June 1). Riders will have the opportunity to participate in two PRCA sanctioned events in close proximity.” Tickets for the Fort Pierre event will go on sale May 1.
Feb 27th, 2018 2:20pm:
AND THE WINNER IS: The Museum’s Western Heritage Awards Documentary of 2018 is Floating Horses: The Life of Casey Tibbs, directed and written by Justin Koehler, produced by Nowlin Town Productions. This award is like being an actor and winning an Oscar.
The Museum’s Western Heritage Awards was established in 1961 as the pinnacle commemoration of the American West by honoring the legacy of men and women for their works in literature, music, film, and television. This year’s awards dinner on Saturday, April 14th will be emceed by Sam Elliot and Katherine Ross, in Oklahoma City.
Documentary Category: Floating Horses: The Life of Casey Tibbs, directed and written by Justin Koehler, produced by Nowlin Town Productions
Unveiling of the Casey Tibbs bronze statue and 25th Annual Match of Champions: Saturday, June 2, 2018, Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center
Join us for the unveiling of our outdoor statue of 6-time World Champion bronc rider Casey Tibbs riding The Old Gray Mare on June 2 at 3:00 pm. This will be the second large bronze to be placed in the Sculpture Garden. In 2019, a third statue of 4-time World Champion bronc rider Clint Johnson, will be placed. In 2013, a large bronze of 5-time World Champion bronc rider, Billy Etbauer was placed. When completed, the Sculpture Garden will highlight the top 3 bronc riders from South Dakota! This outdoor event is free and open to the public. Beverages will be available for sale. Regular museum admission applies.
Ranch owners! We'll be having a branding party on June 2nd as well. Bring your branding iron and burn your brand permanently in the cedar timbers of the Rodeo Center! Branding forms available at the Rodeo Center or on our website. $200.
At 5:00, join us for a Steak Fry at the Stanley County Fairgrounds! Tickets only available for the Steak Fry at the gate: $15.
Starting at 7:00 watch the best bronc riders compete on the toughest stock in the 25th Annual Casey Tibbs Match of Champions at the Stanley County Fairgrounds!
(all events are central time)
Get your bronze replica of Casey Tibbs riding The Old Gray Mare!
- 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
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.
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