Casey Tibbs Documentary in the Works

Jun 24, 2014

Denver-based filmmaker Justin Koehler was raised on a ranch near Midland. He says he's a South Dakota kid who wants to tell South Dakota stories. His first documentary, 'The Buffalo King," told the story of James "Scotty" Philip, who helped save the bison from extinction. Koehler is now working on a documentary about another South Dakota legend: bronc rider Casey Tibbs.

Casey Tibbs in action

He was a larger-than-life character who Koehler says was to rodeo what Babe Ruth was to baseball and Tiger Woods to golf. In 1949 at age 19, Casey became the youngest man ever to win the national saddle bronc-riding crown. Between 1949 and 1955, he won a total of six PRCA saddle bronc-riding championships, a record still unchallenged, plus two all-around cowboy championships and one bareback-riding championship. Following  a successful rodeo career, Tibbs worked in TV and movies as an actor, stunt man and wrangler. Over the past year Justin Koehler has been researching Casey Tibbs' accomplishments and hopes to have the documentary "Floating Horses: The Life of Casey Tibbs" finished by the end of 2015. For more information click here.