Fort Pierre, South Dakota: Rodeo Champion Weather VaneCaptured in mid-buck, life-size Casey Tibbs and his mount Necktie swivel with the prairie wind.
Visitor Tips and News About Rodeo Champion Weather Vane
Stopped here on our way to the South Dakota capitol. We checked -- it still swivels, just like a real rodeo champion. Also look for a small buffalo just south along U.S. 83.[SteveC, 08/31/2009]
In Fort Pierre, there is a monument to Champion Rodeo Rider, Casey Tibbs, 1929-1990. It is a life-sized, fiberglass sculpture of a cowboy on a bucking horse.
I got out of my car to snap a picture of this and wondered why they would position it so that it was facing away from the road. As soon as I snapped my picture and got back in my car, I saw it move. It is designed to swivel in the wind like a wind vane. It would be fun to watch with some serious, gale-force winds.[Nathan Forrider, 10/13/2002]
The statue used to stand outside of a shopping center -- where its swivel had broken -- but it has been restored and moved to a small park. It recreates a photo of Tibbs' most famous rodeo ride, aboard the bronc Necktie. Real horse hair was reportedly used in Necktie's mane and tail. Tibbs died watching the Super Bowl on TV.