Tribute Dinner


The deadline to turn in a nomination for our 2017 Tribute Dinner is Friday, July 7, 2017


Individuals, families and exceptional rodeo animals are nominated by the public for six different categories. All nominations are reviewed by the nominating committee comprised of people from six different South Dakota regions. The committee recommends two nominees from each category to the Casey Tibbs Board of Directors who choose the final nominees.


Those chosen for the six categories are honored at the Tribute Dinner in November with a social, dinner and presentations. Their photos are added to the permanent wall display along with many other Tribute Honorees from past years.


Forms are available on our home page. or visit the Rodeo Center. The Tribute Dinner will be held at the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center on Saturday, November 4th, 2017.

Congratulations to the 2016 Tribute Dinner Honorees!

The Tribute Dinner is an annual fundraiser for the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center. It is an opportunity for friends and families in the ranching and rodeo communities to celebrate and honor the accomplishments of South Dakota cowboys, cowgirls, families and animals. We congratulate the following who were our 2016 Tribute Dinner Honorees! 
Rodeo Cowgirl Great: Donna Shedeed of Hermosa. In 2011, Donna who was 70+ years at the time was a WPRA Badlands Heeler. She and her husband Bob have won Senior Pro Rodeo Championships and saddles, and they were both inducted into the Senior Pro Hall of Fame in 2010. Donna is an excellent horse trainer and won numerous buckles and saddles over the last 40 years or more. She has competed in calf roping, team roping, break-a-way and barrel racing. Donna and Bob sing and play at the Cowboy Church Services.

Rodeo Cowboy Great: Troy Crowser of Whitewood. In 2015, Troy won the High Prairie Elks Pro Rodeo in Alberta, the Falkland Stampede in British Columbia and was Co-Champion at the Red Bluff Round-Up in California. In 2014 he won the Williams Lake Stampede in British Columbia, Yellowstone River Round-Up in Billings, and was Co-Champion at the Black Hills Roundup in Belle Fourche, SD as well as scores of other rodeos across the United States. Troy works on his father’s ranch breaking horses.

Past Rodeo Great: Don “Donnie” Reichert of Hartford. Don’s career started the age of 12. In the ‘60s Don won numerous all around, bareback riding and bull riding championships in the NIRA and GPIRA. He became the only two-time National Champion in SD State Rodeo Club history. He filled his PRCA permit in 1968 and competed on bulls until 1984. In the ‘80s and ‘90s Don worked with SDPB broadcasts for SDPB coverage of the SDSU Jackrabbit Stampede, SDHSR and NHSR.  Don retired from Land O’Lakes in 2012. He and his wife Pat have 4 children and 6 grandchildren who live near them by Hartford.

Rodeo Promoter: Blaine Nordvold of Eagle Butte. Blaine’s rodeo career started in 1956 and by the mid ‘60s he rode bareback, saddle bronc and bulls. Twenty years later he was riding in the Turquoise Circuit across Arizona and New Mexico, placing 2nd in saddle bronc riding. Blaine is also a noted western and rodeo poet. He has published several books showcasing his writing, including “Rhymes and Reasons of Ranching and Rodeo” Vol I & II. 

Ranch Cowboy Family: Lowell (Odie) & Catherine West of Pierre. Involved with rodeo their entire lives, they have supported their children and grandchildren in High School Rodeo and 4-H Rodeo. Odie was the SDHSRA Director. Odie & Catherine have assisted with the Blunt 4-H Rodeo for numerous years. Odie participated alongside Casey Tibbs in bare back riding. They reside outside of Pierre.


Rodeo Animal Athlete: “Okie”, owned by the Tony Murray Family of Isabel. Okie was brought from Oklahoma to South Dakota in the early ‘90s. He went to the NHSRA in two events, as well as the College, GPIRA, INFR, NRCA and SDRA finals. In 2007 he was the NHSRA reserve horse of the year, SDHSRA & NRCA horse of the year and 1999 horse of the year in the Great Plains region of the NIRA and 3-time SDRA horse of the year and countless of other awards. All five Murray kids rode him and were successful on him. Okie died the spring of 2016 at the age of 27. He is buried up above the Murray house.


The nominee’s photos and biographies are added to the permanent “Wall of Fame” each year, located in the Rodeo Center. The Rodeo Center will be accepting nominations until August 1, 2017 for the 2017 Tribute Dinner.

Acronym Key:

National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA)

National Finals Rodeo (NFR)

South Dakota Rodeo Association (SDRA)

Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA)

Great Plains Indian Rodeo Association (GPIRA)

Indian National Finals Rodeo (INFR)

College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR)

Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR)

Women’s Professional Rodeo Association ((WPRA)

South Dakota High School Rodeo (SDHSR)

National High School Rodeo (NHSR)


In 1990, following the death of Casey Tibbs, the Casey Tibbs Foundation hosted the very first Tribute Dinner.  The Tribute Dinner is held on an annual basis as a fund-raiser to honor people in the South Dakota rodeo community and to celebrate their accomplishments.


If you know someone that should be nominated, please complete this Nomination Form and mail it to us at PO Box 37, Fort Pierre, SD 57532

Are you interested in being on the Tribute Dinner Nominating Committee?

Each year the Casey Tibbs Foundation holds a Tribute Dinner to honor deserving individuals’ and families who have been involved in the world of rodeo and ranching in South Dakota. We do not consider this an induction into the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center because an induction is not necessary for individuals to be a part of the Rodeo Center. This is simply a way we can pay tribute to some very deserving people and help preserve the history of rodeo in our state.  We do hope however, that the people we honor throughout the years will want to be a part of the Rodeo Center.  Casey did not want the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center to become a “Hall of Fame” where people had to be inducted into to be able to be a part of.  Therefore the Tribute Dinner was born.

The Casey Tibbs Foundation has assembled a committee made up of individuals from across the state. We divided the state into 6 regions with 2 committee spots in each region.  Each year at a meeting in August the Committee reviews all of the nominations submitted to the Casey Tibbs Foundation choosing two nominations in each category to recommend to the Casey Tibbs Foundation Board of Directors to be honored at that year’s Casey Tibbs Foundation Tribute Dinner.  The Board of Directors makes the final selection from their two recommendations in each category. 

The six categories for nomination are:

$11.      Rodeo Cowgirl Great

$12.      Rodeo Cowboy Great

$13.      Past Rodeo Great

$14.      Rodeo Promoter

$15.      Ranch-Cowboy Family

$16.      Rodeo Animal Athlete


The committee spots are two year spots, members will rotate off and new members will come on the committee.  If you are interested in participating on this committee, helping to choose who we honor each year at the Casey Tibbs Tribute Dinner,  please fill out the form and send it to the Casey Tibbs Foundation, PO Box 911,  Fort Pierre SD  57532.

Click here for the Tribute Dinner Nominating Committee Form


In 1990, the event honored the memory of Casey Tibbs.
In 1991, the event honorees were Mattie Goff-Newcombe, Irv & LaFola Korkow, and Bud Day.
Starting in 1992, categories were developed and the honorees for each category are listed below:

 Past Rodeo Great Category

1992  Carl Huckfeldt
1993  Jack Buschbom
1994  Tom Miller
1995  Bart Clennon
1996  Clint Johnson
1997  Earl Thode
1998  Phyllis & Wayne Cornish
1999  Ed Bachman
2000  Terrance Etzkorn
2001  Howard Hunter
2002  Lonnie Hall
2003  Merlon Fairbanks
2004  Sam Olson
2005  Lee Crowser
2006  Willie Cowan
2007  Lyle Ebert
2008  Lamont Hill
2009  Bennie & Billie Bender
2010 Chauncey Mandam
2011 Kenny Badger

 Rodeo Promoter Category

1992  Jim & Julie Sutton
1993  Joe & Grace Waln
1994  Jerry Olson
1995  Longbrake Rodeo Co.
1996  Ed Duffy
1997  Diamond M Rodeo Co.
1998  Jim Thompson
1999  John & Sue Kaiser
2000  Don Hight
2001  Marlin Bonnichsen
2002  Duane Reichert
2003  Betty Lou Kost
2004  Holloway Family
2005  Mike & Janie Norlin
2006  Jim Aplan
2007  Tommy Tabbits
2008  Terry Weischedel
2009  Hollenbeck Rodeo Co.
2010  Johnny Smith
2011 EW Weisel, founder of teh Crystal Springs Rodeo

 Cowboy Great Category

1992  Marty Melvin
1993  Bud Longbrake
1994  Etbauer Brothers
1995  Paul Tierney
1996  Garrett Brothers
1997  Troy Pruitt
1998  Tom Reeves
1999  Brian Fulton
2000  Red Lemmel
2001  Arlen Hulm
2002  Ivan Teigen
2003  Jerry Golliher
2004  Ken Lensegrav
2005  Todd & Randy Suhn
2006  Birch Negarrd
2007  Thad Bothwell
2008  Marty Hebb
2009  Frank Thompson
2010  Steve Sutton
2011 Gary Zilverberg

 Cowgirl Great Category

1995  Kristi Price
1996  Deb Gunderson Ploszaj
1997  Dori Hollenbeck
1998  Kelli Powers Word
1999  Connie Stinson Price
2000  Bunny Bail
2001  Lori Whiting
2002  Theresa Humphrey
2003  Gail Beebe
2004  Dorothy Bligh
2005  Deb Thompson
2006  Twila Merrill
2007  Sue Golliher
2008  Bunny Pisacka
2009  Jill Schimkat Moody
2010  Jodi O'Bryan
2011 Tope Sisters (Rosemary & Fidelia) - Trick Riders of the 30's and 40's

 Ranch Family Category

1995  Krogman Family
1996  Art Cowan
1997  Clint & Jeanette Parker
1998  Ancel & Esther Tibbs
1999  Halligan Family
2000  Colombe Family
2001  Knippling Brothers
2002  Warren & Donna Melvin
2003  Bud & Melissa Annis
2004  Bill & Mona Schlagel
2005  Bill & Ruth Sutton
2006  Martin Nelson Family
2007  Harold & Marilyn Rinehart
2008  Milton, Mark & Zeta Trask Families
2009  The late Paul Painter
2010  Dick & Lois Hart
2011 Darell and Marlene Griffity

 Rodeo Animal Athlete

2009  Unc & Snort (Owned by: Allen & Gordon Good Families)
2010  Justin Boots & Chief the Buffalo (Owned by: Jerry Wayne Olson)
2011 Slippery (Korkow Rodeo)