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By the time he retired from rodeo competition at age 26, Tibbs was considered not only America’s favorite cowboy, but also the greatest bronc rider in the nation’s history. For Casey, how- ever, the fun times kept on rolling. He landed in Hollywood, where his tal- ents turned to acting, performing stunts and even directing films. Always a promoter of Western life, he continued to appear in roundups, rodeos, ornate festivals and fundraisers for cowboys, rodeos, museums and politicians. Over time, he either performed in or worked on 25 films. Among his movie credits are, “Support Your Local Sheriff,” “Support Your Local Gunfighter,” “Born Wild,” “Born to Buck,” and “The Young Rounders.” He also appeared in several television series, including “Gunsmoke,” and the miniseries, “Lonesome Dove.” In later life, Casey Tibbs lived in Ramona, California where he devoted his time to breeding racing horses, stock, and bucking horses. In 1979 he was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, where a statue of the all- time champion, astride his horse Necktie, was installed in front of the museum. He died on January 28, 1990 at his home in Ramona. In 2018 he was posthumously inducted into the California Rodeo Salinas Hall of Fame. The plaque honoring him was sent to the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center at his native Ft. Pierre, where his riding fame began. For Gilroyans, the locally famous statue no longer rides above the old Hall’s Clothing store location, but mem- ories of the town’s Gymkhana days, and of the legendary cowboy Casey Tibbs, remain ingrained in the town’s history. The Wildflower Run is sponsored in part by: Sunday, March 31 Live Oak High School Morgan Hill USATF Certified 10K Run 5K Run/Stroller/Walk Kids’ 2K Fun Run Senior 2K Run or Walk Providing local community grants and scholarships & leadership programs for women and girls GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN february/march 2019 59