2,000 people attended the 24th Match of Champions

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Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center

Two thousand people got a chance to see a great night of bronc riding on June 3 in Fort Pierre. This year Wade Sundell of Box Holm, Iowa, scored 91 points on Luna Tic From Hell owned by Burch Rodeo to win the Match of Champions. In addition to the prize money and a Casey Tibbs Tornado bronze, Sundell also won the Bicentennial saddle, crafted by Fort Pierre’s Dave Dahl. As an added entertainment feature, this year the Match included a pony ride that was won by contestant Isaac Assman of Isabel.

The Match of Champions was dedicated to Dahl, a saddle maker and former bronc rider. Three other individuals were also honored at this year’s bronc ride: Honorary Secretary/Timer was Ann Wilson Frederick, originally of the Rosebud Indian Reservation, Honorary Chute Boss was Pierre native Roderick Hall and Honorary Arena Director was Dick Jones of Fort Pierre.

“We had a record number of visitors at the museum that day,” said Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center Director Cindy Bahe. “This year The Match of Champions drew riders and attendees from across our state as well as those from Texas, Wyoming, Iowa, North Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas and many of those visit the museum.”

The 25th Match of Champions will be held next year the first Saturday of June.

Back row left to right: Casey Tibbs Foundation Board Member Bryan Hanson, Dave Dahl, and Wade Sundell. Front: Isaac Assman. Photo by Christine Sorensen
Wade Sundell on a bronc. Photo by Plooster Photography