Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center


Wade Sundell on bronc for web


Two thousand people got a chance to see a great night of  bronc riding last Saturday in Fort Pierre. 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.


winners and dahl photo for webThe 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.


See our News Page for  updates on "Floating Horses The Life of Casey Tibbs"  AND the upcoming "Born to Buck" Reunion


About the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center:

casey and mattie statues-for webThe 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.




Museum Comments:

"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