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MAY 2017

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TRAVEL LE ADER T H E GROUP 5 Courtesy Casey Tibbs SD Rodeo Center — C A S E Y T I B B S S O U T H D A K O T A R O D E O C E N T E R — P I E R R E , S O U T H D A K O T A If you ever watched rodeo in the 1950s or movies about the West in the decades that followed, you likely saw performances by Casey Tibbs, a nine-time rodeo world champion who still stands out as the most successful rodeo competitor in the world. The Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center, which opened in 2009, pays tribute to the South Dakota-born cowboy and other rodeo stars. "We have a lot of artifacts from Casey Tibbs," said Cindy Bahe, the center's executive director. "He won his first championship at age 19, and no one has ever matched his record. We have a photo of the homestead where he grew up and a lot of pictures here from when he did stunts in Hollywood movies." The museum features a large bronze sculpture of Tibbs on a bronco at its front entrance. That statue is accompanied by a bronze of Mattie Newcombe, a famous female trick rider in the 1920s who the museum also features heavily. "I call her a gymnast on a horse — she had to be very limber," Bahe said. "We have her horse trailer within the museum as well as an array of her clothes and artifacts. We have a mural of her homestead that was hand painted and is about 60 feet long. There are also panoramic photos in there and information on her trick riding." Tibbs and Newcombe are both members of the South Dakota Rodeo Hall of Fame, which is housed at the museum. Other museum exhibits showcase the history and culture of rodeo in South Dakota. W W W.C A S E Y T I B B S .C OM 5 SOUTH DAKOTA RODEO LEGEND CASEY TIBBS

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