Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center, South Dakota installing new Billy Etbauer bronze statue
In recognition of Billy Etbauer’s five world bronc championships, a large bronze statue will be created for the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center, in Fort Pierre. The statue will depict Ree Heights’ Billy Etbauer scoring an 89-point ride on Harry Vold’s great saddle bronc, Painted Valley, to win the 2009 Cheyenne Frontier Days saddle bronc event.
This will be the third life-size bronze statue introduced at the Center following the statues of Casey Tibbs and Mattie Goff Newcombe.
This historic project was initiated by the late Johnny Smith who envisioned a “garden of large bronzes overlooking the mighty Missouri River” that would memorialize South Dakota’s rodeo greats.
Smith was a former Board Member of the Casey Tibbs Foundation and dedicated much of his life to the preservation of the livestock industry and the men and women whose livelihoods depended on it.
The bronze statue is being created by nationally-known artist Tony Chytka, a Belle Fourche, SD native, rancher and former champion bull rider. The large statue is scheduled for completion and unveiling at the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center in early 2013.
Chytka is crafting limited edition 15-inch high by 12-inch wide replicas of the large bronze statue which will be offered for sale to fund the purchase and installation of the statue. Each maquette will be numbered by the sculptor and have Billy’s signature on the bronze base. It will be mounted on a high-quality wood base with an engraved brass nameplate.
The first maquettes will be available for shipment in time for the 2012 Match of Champions Bronc Ride in Ft. Pierre, SD on June 2, with other maquettes completed in the following months.
Interested parties can contact the Casey Tibbs Rodeo Center for more information and numbered replica availability.
– Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center