Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center
The highly anticipated film “Floating Horses – The Life of Casey Tibbs” documentary will debut in Casey Tibbs homeland area on Sept. 14 at the Riggs High School Theater in Pierre. There will be one showing late afternoon and another early evening. This is the beginning of the kickoff of Fort Pierre’s Bicentennial events that following weekend.
“We have had many people inquiring about when the film will be shown in our area,” said Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center Director Cindy Bahe. “Fort Pierre native Casey Tibbs was a 9-time World Champion whose career expanded from bronc riding to becoming a movie stunt man, writer and producer.
“In addition to Casey’s famous rodeo career I wanted to design the film to focus on the highs and lows of his personal life,” said Producer Justin Koehler. While working a full time job, Koehler worked on the film in his personal time. He fronted the funding for the costs and travelled over six states interviewing Casey’s family and friends including Singer and Instrumentalist Charlie Daniels, Actor and Musician Red Steagall, former Miss South Dakota and former wife Cleo Harrington, Cowboy, Poet Baxter Black and about two dozen other people.
In April, the film originally debuted at the Black Hills Film Festival and at another festival in Texas. The film is also showing in Colorado, New York, California and Arizona this summer. “Floating Horses” will be shown at the Black Hills Film Festival Special Event in Hill City on July 1-3, 2017 as well.
Seating at the Pierre debut will be first-come, first-served with a free will offering to offset some of the producer’s costs in making this film over the last 3-4 years. Other details are being coordinated to take place at the Rodeo Center earlier that day.