From Press Release: 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.” 

The top money winners in each PRCA discipline earn a trip to the annual December championship National Finals Rodeo(NFR) held in Las Vegas. The PRCA maintains extremely high standards for the contestants and stock to maximize entertainment, providing the attendees with an enhanced and exciting event.

“We’re making it an entire day western and rodeo events,” said Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center Director Cindy Bahe. At 3:00 that day, the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center will host a public unveiling of the large Casey Tibbs bronze statue. “Tibbs was a six-time World Champion bronc rider,” said Bahe. “This will be the second large outdoor bronze statue to be placed. The first bronze statue of 5-time World Champion Billy Etbauer was set in 2013 and we will place a third bronze statue of 4-time World Champion Clint Johnson next year. Our sculpture garden will highlight the top three bronc riders in South Dakota.”

On that afternoon, ranchers can burn their brands on the outdoor timbers and the museum will be open to the public for a reduced admission. A Steak Fry will follow from 5-7pm at the Stanley County Fairgrounds with the Match of Champions Bronc Ride starting at 7pm.

For more information: or call 605-494-1094. Tickets will go on sale May 1. Advanced tickets will be available until the end of the business day on Thursday, May 31: $25.

Tickets at the gate: $30. Kids 10 and under are free.

Gold Buckle  reserved tickets: $45.

*Names of the “Match of Champions” riders will not be available until late May.


Unveiling of the new Casey Tibbs Bronze Statue and the 25th Annual Casey Tibbs "Match of Champions" Bronc Ride-Saturday June 2, 2018

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.


We will be honoring the following people the evening of the Match of Champions:

Match Dedication – Pete Longbrake
Arena Director – Francis Knippling
Honorary Chute Boss – Dick Herman
Honorary Secretary/Treasurer – Delpha Fairbanks

Congratulations to all of you and thank you for your dedicated service in providing an exciting community event!

(all events are central time)