- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A Denver filmmaker producing a documentary about rodeo legend Casey Tibbs hopes to wrap up the project this month.

South Dakota native Justin Koehler said he also hopes to arrange a private screening of the 90-minute “Floating Horses” for people in the Pierre/Fort Pierre area.

Fort Pierre is the hometown of Tibbs, who won a record six Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association saddle bronc-riding championships between 1949 and 1955, as well as two all-around cowboy championships and one bareback-riding title.

Tibbs, who died in 1990, also wrote a syndicated newspaper column and starred in several movies. He was one of the founders of the Rodeo Cowboys Association, a group dedicated to improving the image of cowboys and pro rodeo.

Many consider Tibbs the Babe Ruth of rodeo. A 28-foot-tall bronze statue of him riding the famed bucking horse Necktie was dedicated outside the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 1989. The Rodeo Center and Museum near Fort Pierre carries his name.

Koehler drew critical acclaim for his 2013 film “The Buffalo King,” about the life of South Dakota rancher James “Scotty” Philip and his efforts to save bison. Koehler arranged for a private screening of that film in Pierre, and said he wants to follow suit with the Tibbs film.

“We’re pretty deep into the editing phase,” Koehler told the Capital Journal (https://bit.ly/1UNWtQ1 ). “We’re into the fun stuff, put it that way. We’re seeing Casey on screen, we’re hearing Casey.”

Koehler has been working on the film for about a year and a half. It uses photographs and film footage of Tibbs and draws deeply from the insights of people who knew him - friends and family from around Fort Pierre, rodeo industry people and others.

“You’ve got to have great subject matter, and Casey is that,” Koehler said.

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Information from: Pierre Capital Journal, https://www.capjournal.com

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