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South Dakota's State Sport: A Rodeo Photo Essay


The South Dakota state sport of rodeo evolved from daily chores of ranchers in the West and Midwest. "Cowboy up" and enjoy the thrill of this South Dakota tradition in many towns that still have their wild riding spirit and old western charm. From the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center in Fort Pierre and Crystal Springs Rodeo on a ranch in Clear Lake, to the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo in Mitchell and Wild West Wednesdays Rodeo just south of Rapid City, get your “yee’s” and your “haw’s” ready for some action-packed, rowdy and bareback fun whenever, wherever you find yourself in SoDak.

Bronc Ride champion buckle
Lassoing a calf at the rodeo
Two boys watch the Rodeo

Bronc riding
Prepping a horse for the Rodeo

Lassoing at the rodeo
Illustrated image of three bison grazing in Custer State Park. The Needles rock formation is visible in the background.
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