Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 7pm (central time)
Stanley County Fairgrounds, Fort Pierre, SD
(Tickets go on sale May 1st)
This is the second year the Casey Tibbs “Match of Champions” bronc ride will be an official Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) performance.
The general public, friends, fans and contestants are invited to a Steak Fry beginning at 5:30. Tickets for dinner only: $15 (all ages) and tickets are only available at the gate.
Match of Champions Advance tickets May 1-30th: $25.
General Admission May 31-June 1st: $30 - available at Rodeo Center or the gate.
Gold Buckle reserved, padded seats are $45, available at Rodeo Center only until supply is gone.
Our Gold Buckle reserved seats sold out the first few days last year. Due to the large demand for our reserved seats, we have added more this year! All tickets are first-come, first served and no holds without payment.
Top competitors* in each of the circuit rodeos compete for points at PRCA performances held during the year. This event will attract the best riders from across the country. The top money winners in each PRCA discipline earn a trip to the annual December championship National Finals Rodeo (NFR) held in Las Vegas.
Last year, Wade Sundell won the Match of Champions and went on to win the 2018 World Championship in Bronc Riding at the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas. (photo courtesy: Plooster Photography)
We will again participate in the "Children's Western Wish Foundation" (CWWF). A cowboy or cowgirl from the Fort Pierre/Pierre area will be honored during the Match of Champions. The CWWF's mission is to share our western heritage with those that are affected by afflictions and hardships. Rodeos are the perfect arena for us to grant their wish and treat them like rodeo royalty for a day.
Back by popular demand: we will hold a special event for the kiddos. A mini bronc riding contest will be held during the Match of Champions between the pro rides. This has been well received and boosts the night's entertainment.
The Rodeo Center Museum will be open Saturday. June 1 from 10-5. We will not be hosting any special events until later in the summer, on August 10th when the Center celebrates the 10-year anniversary and the unveiling of the large, outdoor bronze statue of 4-time Bronc Rider World Champion Clint Johnson.
*Names of the “Match of Champions” riders will not be available until late May.
Historical Group Museum Tours Available!
Throughout the year we give personal tours to various groups of all ages which can include a historical presentation. We have reduced museum admission for large groups with no extra charge for the historical presentation.
We also do tours for students of all ages and we make education fun; students participate in a scavenger hunt information quiz.
Call Cindy at 605-494-1094 for more information or to reserve your tour date!
New in 2019! Western Costumes & Museum Admission
Upgrade your museum admission by $4 and you can dress up in our wild-west or prairie costumes and take your photo in front of our western mural! We have costumes for all ages and most sizes. (not for large groups). We can also arrange to take your photo and email it to you.
Or a hard copy 5X7” photo* and cardstock photo frame can be mailed to you. Includes mailer, postage and tax. *additional charge applies
Bronze Unveiling: The large bronze of 4-time World Champion Bronc Rider Clint Johnson on Kicking Bear will be unveiled at the Casey Tibbs SD Rodeo Center’s Sculpture Garden on August 10, 2019.
This statue will accompany the current two bronze statues of 6-time and 5-time World Champions Casey Tibbs and Billy Etbauer (respectively).
Get your bronze replica of 4-time World Champion Clint Johnson on Kicking Bear!
Limited 18’X16” numbered replicas. Replica mounted on high quality wood base with engraved brass nameplate. Created by nationally famous sculptor, T.R. Chytka, a South Dakota rancher and former champion bull rider. Gift certificates available. Replicas of all three statues are available. The unveilding will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2019 along with the 10-year Anniversary of the Rodeo Center. Other activities to be announced.
New Bronze Statue of "Casey Tibbs on The Old Gray Mare"
This statue was placed early June 2018. This statue of 6 Time World Champion Bronc Rider Casey Tibbs was the second sculpture placed in the Sculpture Garden. The first statue of 5 Time World Champion Bronc Rider Billy Etbauer was placed in 2013.
The museum also displays two large bronze statues inside; all statues are created by T.R. Chytka of Belle Fourche. Once complete, this will highlight the top three bronc riders in South Dakota.
Small replicas of all three outdoor statues are available. Call for more information: 605-494-1094.
"Floating Horses - The Life of Casey Tibbs" is now available for purchase on Amazon! $19.99 plus shipping (unless you have Amazon Prime).
We do NOT currently have DVD's for sale in our gift shop. Amazon is the only place you can purchase a DVD. Click on this link:
For those of you who don't have computer access, most local libraries have computers and internet access, or pull one of your kids or grandkids aside and they can link you to where you can order.
About the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center:
The Center is a historical museum devoted to the legendary sport of South Dakota rodeo; the history and its stars.
Ride the virtual bronc and see how long 8 seconds can be!
Watch the famous rides and interviews of the 19 World Champions from South Dakota!
View the video that highlights rodeo - South Dakota's State Sport!
Take photos in western clothing.
In this classy two-level museum, you can see the extensive memorabilia of icons Casey Tibbs, 9-time World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider and Mattie Goff Newcombe, the spectacular trick rider of the 1920s, and many other world champions. See displays that range from the Little Britches, through 4-H, High School Rodeo, College and beyond.
We can provide personal tours to groups big and small. Our parking lot is easilly accessible by tour buses 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.
The Casey Tibbs SD Rodeo Center is a non-partisan, non-profit business. We do NOT favor for or against any political party. Our By-Laws prohibit the Rodeo Center from being used for political gain. Any filming in or around the Rodeo Center is not permitted.
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