2015 Stampede Rodeo Article

June 09, 2015

It’s not often you have the chance to bring your family to a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) and Great Plains Indian Rodeo Association (GPIRA) sanctioned rodeos with a view of the World’s Largest Mountain Carving in progress. In fact, to the best of our knowledge, the opportunity only presents itself once a year at the Crazy Horse Memorial Stampede Rodeo & Gift from Mother Earth Art Show.

The Stampede Rodeo is one of the few rodeos in the nation to offer events sponsored by the three prestigious organizations- PRCA, WPRA, and GPIRA. Even if you have not seen a bull buck, the animated rodeo clowns, energized announcers and talented contestants will sweep you up in the excitement of the thrilling Crazy Horse Stampede arena action.

The rodeo helps Crazy Horse Memorial further its goals of cultural understanding and reconciliation among all peoples. The late Anne Ziolkowski Christensen (1955-2011), daughter of sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski(1908-1982) and Ruth Ziolkowski (1926-2014), directed the rodeo for more than 20 years. Anne underscored the importance of the rodeo beyond being a sports competition, saying, “If we can play together, we can work together.”

The Stampede is produced by Korkow Rodeos, a national award-winning outfit based in South Dakota. Opening the three-day event is the GPIRA rodeo on Friday, June 19 at 2 PM. The PRCA and WPRA sanctioned rodeos are held on Saturday and Sunday respectively at 2 PM.

PRCA “Slack” events are held on Saturday after the 2 PM performance. GPIRA “Slack” and Jr./Sr. events will take place Friday starting at 9 a.m.

Daily rodeo admission is:

  • $17 for adults (ages 12 and up)
  • $6 for children (age 6-11)
  • FREE for children under 6 years of age

Daily rodeo admission is $17 for adults (ages 12 and up), $6 for children (age 6-11) and free for children under 6 years of age. Tickets may be purchased at a reduced rate in advance by calling 605-673-4681 or visiting BH Central Reservations Website . Tickets are also available the day of at the rodeo gate at regular price. All tickets are general admission. Bring lawn chairs and/or blankets and make a day of it!

Admission to the Memorial for the weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) is $8 per person, $22 per car, $5 per person on a motorcycle. Before or after the rodeos, be sure to explore the Gift from Mother Earth Art Show, which celebrates Native American culture and heritage through arts and crafts. Exhibitors display and sell beautiful pieces of custom-made clothing, jewelry, sculpture work, pottery and much more. Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation grants awards to artists in several art categories at the end of the three-day event.

Additionally, don’t miss the INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA® and the NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL CENTER® where thousands of American Indian contemporary art and artifacts are displayed. NEW this year is The American Bison Exhibit located in the lower level of the Cultural Center. This dynamic display details the story of the bison in North America, from its prehistoric beginnings to its near extinction and the exploits of western figures who helped save the remaining bison at the end of the 1800s. You will also learn the cultural significance of the buffalo to tribes across the country.

Finally, stop in the Mountain Carving Room and experience an up-close view of how the World’s Largest Mountain Carving in Progress is being carved and learn about the history of Crazy Horse Memorial and the future progress by viewing the Dynamite and Dreams video in the visitor complex theatre. Want a closer look? For $125 per person, become a Crazy Horse Storyteller and meet Crazy Horse the warrior face-to-face at the top of the Mountain or for $4 per person, take the bus ride to the blasting zone at the bottom of the Mountain.

Mark your calendar and join us June 17-19, for the best bulls, broncs and art show in South Dakota!


2016 Stampede Rodeo Results

Crazy Horse, SD-The 26th annual Crazy Horse Stampede PRCA Rodeo June 18th and 19th, 2016 concluded this Father's Day weekend with incredible talent and a fantastic show.  A big thank you to all who helped and participated this weekend in "The Greatest Show on Dirt". 

Top finishers for the PRCA Rodeo were:

Bareback Riding
1. Nick Schwedhelm of Brookings, SD

Tie Down Roping
1. Riley Pruitt of Gering, NE

Saddle Bronc Riding
1. JJ Elshere of Hereford, SD

Steer Wrestling
1. Dean Gorsuch of Gering, NE

Team Roping 
1. Elliott Gourneau of Kennebec, SD

J.D. Gerard of Kennebck, SD

Barrel Racing
1. Amanda Harris of Spearfish, SD

The PRCA All Around Honors went to Tye Hale. Buckle presented by Donnie Landis and Adam Ziolkowski.

2015 Stampede Rodeo