Casey Tibbs Foundation announces six honorees for tribute dinner

Farm Forum

Honorees from across the state will be recognized at the Annual Casey Tibbs Foundation Tribute Dinner to be held on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Casey Tibbs S.D. Rodeo Center in Fort Pierre.

This years’ honorees include:

Jessica Painter Holmes of Buffalo, as “Rodeo Cowgirl Great” who has won state, regional and national awards at every level of rodeo competition in the High School, college, amateur and professional levels;

Casey Gates, of Miller as “Rodeo Cowboy Great” who won the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) bull riding championship in 1990 and is the only South Dakotan to qualify for the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) finals finishing in the top 10 twice;

Harold Heinert, of Parmelee, as “Past Rodeo Great” who competed in the college level finals in the South Dakota Rodeo Association (SDRA), Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), Great Plains Indian Rodeo Association (GPIRA) and Indian National Finals Rodeo (INFR). He excelled in bareback riding until his life was tragically cut short by cancer at the young age of 35;

Harold Delbridge, of Red Owl, as “Rodeo Promoter” who as a pastor he has touched countless lives. An announcer for years at high school, 4-H and SDRA, he was the “voice of rodeo.”

Walter and Marian Klein Ranch, of Hartford, as “Ranch Cowboy Family” who owned the original tree claim or “timber cultural certificate” of Marian’s family. The fifth generation original farm and ranch land has been in the family for nearly 125 years.

Sutton Rodeo’s Chuckulator, of Onida, as “Rodeo Animal Athlete” who was the first horse to win both Bareback and Saddle Bronc Badlands Circuit Finals awards in the same year (2001). He was the voted the top bronc in 2012 by the National Finals Rodeo (NFR).

Now in its’ 24th year, the Tribute Dinner is an opportunity for friends and families in the ranching and rodeo communities to celebrate and honor the accomplishments of South Dakota cowboys, cowgirls , families and animals. Their photos and biographies are added to the “Wall of Fame” each year, located in the Rodeo Center.

Dinner tickets can be purchased by phone or by visiting the Rodeo Center. Advance purchase required and seating is limited to 250. Contact the Casey Tibbs S.D. Rodeo Center at 605-494-1094 for ticket information or at