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Time for Tributes

Johnny & Sharon Holloway’s 2nd Annual Cowboy Reunion at First Gold in Deadwood was a lot of fun last Saturday night! Even when you have to squint at a nametag to be sure who someone is, it’s always fun seeing old friends and compadre’s from along rodeo road. The “remember when” tales were thick and laughter was prominent as the large crowd enjoyed getting together. A stack of old Piggin’ String magazines and a box of vintage photos drew a crowd and spawned plenty of stories. Thank you, Holloway family – we’re already lookin’ forward to next year!

Another wonderful South Dakota cowboy event happens next Saturday, Nov. 8th – the 19th Annual Casey Tibbs Foundation Tribute Dinner – paying tribute in memory of Casey and in thanks to Mattie Goff Newcombe. The Foundation is all about preserving the history and tradition of rodeo in South Dakota, and this year’s honorees include bronc rider Marty Hebb as “Present Rodeo Cowboy Great”; Bunny Pisacka as “Rodeo Cowgirl Great”; the late Lamont Hill as “Past Rodeo Great”; Terry Weischedel as “Rodeo Promoter”; and the Mark, Zeta (White) and Milton Trask family as “Ranch Cowboy Family.”

The Trask family originally homesteaded at the forks of the Belle Fourche and Cheyenne Rivers, and raised cattle and horses. Younger generations carry on the tradition and are proud of the family motto – “Good horses, good cattle & good friends.”

Weischedel started out as a bullrider who picked up his share of paychecks in the PRCA for two decades. Now he’s raising bucking bulls and has been putting on bull riding events in several states for 14 years as well as teaching young cowboys to ride bulls.

Hill rode broncs and bulls and bulldogged in high school, college and South Dakota Rodeo Association (SDRA) rodeos. He helped start the college rodeo team at Black Hills State and was always helping others succeed in rodeo.

Pisacka, an honoree to the Athletic Hall of Fame at Chadron State College, is an All Around cowgirl who worked several events and earned championships in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, Northwest Ranch Cowboys Association (NRCA), and Wyoming Rodeo Association throughout the 1980’s and early 1990’s. She now ranches with her family near Buffalo Gap, SD.

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Hebb was born into a rodeo family and started riding broncs at a tender age and has made his mark in Indian rodeo, amateur rodeo and prorodeo. He has earned two SDRA titles, three NRCA titles, and six titles each in the Great Plains Indian Rodeo Association and Indian National Finals Rodeo. A many-times Badlands Circuit Finalist Hebb also qualified for the Dodge National Circuit Finals and finished 17th in PRCA standings one year, a mere $600 from a NFR berth.

The Tribute event kicks off at 6 p.m. at the Community Youth Involved Center in Fort Pierre on Nov. 8th. Advanced tickets are required and can be bought at American State Bank in Pierre or Chateau Lounge in Fort Pierre; or by writing Casey Tibbs Foundation, Box 911, Fort Pierre, SD 57532. We’ve been there the past two years, and it’s always a most enjoyable experience. Congratulations and a tip of our ol’ Tri-State Stetson to all the honorees!

Speakin’ of tribute’s, you’ll want to know that in tribute to Kenny McLean of Okanagan Falls, British Columbia, the Kenny McLean Project Committee (in cooperation with the Okanagan Falls Heritage & Museum) has received approval from Centennial Park in Okanagan Falls to install an 18′ bronze sculpture of Kenny. To finance the project, the Committee will be selling a limited edition of 100 l8″ replica bronzes.

Kenny (1939-2002) started breaking colts for his dad at the age of 12 and was rodeoing by the time he was 17. During his career he captured 17 Canadian Championships and became World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider in 1962. He sponsored many rodeo schools and was always helping young people, and was rodeoing when he died. He also raised some mighty good Paint horses.

Kenny is the only cowboy to receive Canada’s highest honor, the Order of Canada; and the only cowboy to be inducted into the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame. He’s also an honoree to the Canadian Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame.

To donate toward the Kenny McLean Project (being funded entirely by public support), or to purchase one of the Bronze maquettes at $2,500, you can call Area D Rural Clerk at (250) 492-0237; email info@RDOS.bc.ca; or write Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen; 101 Martin Street; Penticton, BC, Canada V2A 5J9.

We rarely talk about team roping here, but there are probably more team ropers among our readers than those following any other equine discipline. There’s lots’a top action on the horizon in that sport with the Wrangler Team Roping Championships. November 7th through 9th the Seven Down Indoor Arena at Spearfish, SD will host a Wrangler Championship with Open Handicap, #10 and #9 competition on the 7th. On the 8th they’ll run the #8, #7, and #6 with #5 incentive, giving Cactus Trophy Saddles for Average Winners and Montana Silversmiths Trophy Buckles for the Incentive champions. The Century, All Girl, #5 and #4 will showcase the 9th with Cactus Trophy Saddles to the High Point Header and Heeler of the #5 and #4 combined.

Northwest Community College Wrangler Championships will come to the Heart Mountain Equestrian Center at Cody, WY on Nov. 21st through 23rd. The Pacific Coast Regional Finals will be in Winnemucca, NV, Nov. 7th through 9th, offering 12 Cactus Trophy Saddles along with Montana Silversmith Bronzes, Hats, Bits, Equine Pads, Breast Collars, and Wrangler jeans.

Good luck to all of you competing in those various Finals events!

Here comes the end of our ol’ lariat rope for this time…

© 2008 Rhonda Stearns

Email Rhonda at cow_grl63@hotmail.com