The winner of the 2019 Match of Champions Bronc Ride for the 5th time is Wade Sundell! Thank you to everyone who attended the event on Saturday, June 1st!
1st place: Wade Sundell from Boxholm IA with 86.5 points on Maria Bartiromo from the Burch Rodeo String
2nd place: Lefty Holman from Visalia CA with 85 points on Onion Ring from the Korkow Rodeo String
3rd place: Spencer Wright from Milford UT with 84 points on South Point from the Sutton Rodeo String
4th place: Stetson Wright from Milford UT with 83 points on Meat Cracker from the Korkow Rodeo String
2018 photo of Sundell courtesy of: JJJ Photo
Make plans to attend the next exciting Match of Champions in 2020 on June 6th!
Winner of the TR Chytka Tornado Bronze of Casey Tibbs is Robin Roggenbuck she has recently moved to the Pierre area and this was her first experience with rodeo.
Next year will be the last year there will be a chance to win one of these one of a kind bronzes as we will have reached the 100th limited additions that will ever be made.
Winner of 2 tickets to all events at this year’s Central States Fair is Riggin Shippy from Colome SD.
11 year old Taos Weborg from St. Charles, SD scored 58 points to win the Mini Bronc Ride at the Casey Tibbs Match of Champions.
Top Bronc Plaque went to Burch Rodeo for Kock Out John who scored 48 out of 50 points allowed for the horse.
2nd place Bronc Plaque went to Three Hills Rodeo for Harry Rocks who scored 45.5 points out of the 50 points allowed for the horse.
Thank you to our Sponsors:
Main Match Sponsor:
Touchtone Energy Cooperative
Mimi Bronc Ride Sponsor:
Bottom Line Welding
Dakota Radio Group
1st National Bank of Fort Pierre
Championship Go-Round Sponsor:
Pick-up Man Sponsor:
Blake Trailer Sales
Cowboy Contestant Sponsor:
Wind Circle Network
Chute Gate Sponsors:
Fort Pierre Livestock
Dakota Prairie Bank
South Dakota Farmers Union
American Bank & Trust
Farm Bureau Financial Services
West Central Electric
Tornado Bronze Sponsor for Winning Cowboy:
Dr. Charles “Bud” Townsend
Stock Contractors’ Top Stock Awards Sponsor:
All Around Graphix
Children’s Wish Sponsor:
Children’s Western Wish Foundation
Tornado Bronze for Drawing – American Bucking Horse Registry
2 general admissions passes good for all 9 evening events at the Central States Fair in Rapid City -- The Central States Fair
Champion Buckle Sponsor:
Dakota Radio Group
KBHB Ranch Radio
Tri-State Livestock / Farmer Rancher Exchange
Large Banner Sponsors:
Farm Credit Services of America
Wagner Auto Company
CHS Midwest Cooperatives
KBHB Radio - Sturgis
Tri-State Livestock/Farmer Rancher Exchange
1st Dakota National Bank
Mad Mary’s Steakhouse
Vit A Zine
Small Banner Sponsors:
Dakota Plains FCU
Chase Auto Connection
Black Hills Federal Credit Union
The Casey Tibbs Match of Champions is a spectacular bronc riding event matching the world’s top cowboys against top bucking stock. The top 15 in the current PRCA saddle bronc standings, the top contenders in the Badlands Circuit, the current champions in the SDRA, SDHSRA, GPIRA, and any national high school or college champions from South Dakota are invited to compete for $10,000 in prize money. The twelve top scorers from round one compete for six positions in the final round.
The winner of the final round takes home prize money, buckle, and coveted bronze statue of Casey Tibbs riding out of a tornado, designed by T. R. Chytka to commemorate the first match where a tornado appeared before the sold out crowd and hung for twenty minutes before moving on down the river. Many said it was the spirit of Casey Tibbs making a last appearance for the crowd.
Champion Buckle Sponsor History of the Match of Champions:
The first Casey Tibbs Match of Champions was held in 1993, an idea born of the memory of the Casey Tibbs 4H Benefit Roundups held at the fair grounds in Ft. Pierre, SD. Following his desire to promote youth of South Dakota through 4H, Casey organized a board of directors from Hughes and Stanley counties, and with the backing of Lee Overall Company, produced the First Annual 4H Benefit Roundup, featuring a series of three matched rides between himself and champion bronc rider, Bill Linderman. Other features included jackpot bareback and saddle bronc competition, business men’s calf roping contest, 4H calf scramble, as well as a variety of other entertainment. 1954 found Casey Tibbs matched against famed bronc riders, Deb Copenhaver and Gerald Roberts. The matches continued until Casey gave up bronc riding for movie making and brought the production of “Born to Buck” to South Dakota.
The stock for the first 4H Benefit roundup was furnished free of charge by Joe Shomer of Fort Pierre. All work and materials necessary to make the show a huge success were donated by volunteers in the area. Similarly, stock for the first Casey Tibbs Match of Champions was donated by contractors such as: Jimmy Sutton, Jim Korkrow, Charlie Colombe, and Pete Longbrake. Volunteers continue to give hundreds of hours of their time to make the Match of Champions a spectacular event each year.
All proceeds from the Match of Champions is used to continue the building of the South Dakota Rodeo Center on the hill overlooking Pierre and Ft. Pierre. It was Casey’s wish that the Rodeo Center be built to pay tribute to all South Dakotans in the Rodeo field. South Dakota continues to produce outstanding bronc riders as well as other rodeo competitors. Casey expressly stated that he wanted to see recognized, not only those who became champions, but those who were good, but due to injuries or family responsibilities, never had the chance to prove themselves. He stated, “Some cowboys won every major show but never became a champions.”