The annual Crazy Horse Stampede Rodeo is held in mid- June at the Crazy Horse Memorial outdoor arena. The Stampede is one of the few rodeos to offer events sponsored by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), Women’s Professional Rodeo Association and the Great Plains Indian Rodeo Association (GPIRA) events.
Crazy Horse Memorial supports the Crazy Horse Stampede to further the Memorial’s goals of cultural understanding. The late Anne Ziolkowski Christensen, daughter of Memorial sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski and Memorial President-CEO Ruth Ziolkowski, directed the rodeo for more than 20 years. Anne frequently underscored the importance of the rodeo beyond sports competition, saying, “If we can learn to play together, we can learn to work together.”
The GPIRA rodeo is held on Friday to open the three-day event. The PRCA- and WPRA-sanctioned events are held Saturday and Sunday. The daily main rodeo sessions begin at 2 p.m. “Slack” events to accommodate overflow registered contestants are held before and after the main run. The Stampede is a one go-round rodeo.
The Stampede is produced by Korkow Rodeos, a national award-winning outfit based in South Dakota.
Even if you have never seen a bull buck, the animated rodeo clowns, energized announcers and talented contestants will sweep you up in the excitement of thrilling Crazy Horse Stampede arena action.
Daily rodeo admission is $12 for adults (ages 12 and up), $5 for children (age 7-11) and free for children age 6 and younger. Tickets may be purchased at the Crazy Horse main entrance or at the entrance to the rodeo grounds on the day of the rodeo.
Admission to the Crazy Horse Memorial visitor complex, where the Gift from Mother Earth Celebration is held, is free with purchase of a rodeo ticket.