The Champ - Life-size and Monumental Bronze Rodeo Sculpture - by Edd Hayes Bronze Sculptor-Artist
Monumental: 27 ft tall
edition. 1 of 1
Installed in August 1989, in front of The Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy.
Action portrait of rodeo legend Casey Tibbs on the famous saddle bronc, Necktie.
At the dedication ceremonies, Casey's first words were "Thank you Edd Hayes for making me look good, hell, I was good!"
Casey died of cancer a few months later.
Before the bronze was finished, inside Casey's chest,
Hayes installed a bronze heart inscribed with the words, "Ride Cowboy Ride"!
World Champion Cowboy, Casey Tibbs, was to Rodeo what Babe Ruth was to Baseball! He was the first superstar of Rodeo and he was pivotal in Pro Rodeo becoming an acknowledged sport, instead of just a show or a spectacle. Casey not only won nine World Titles in ProRodeo, he was a great American character as well, playing practical jokes on his fellow rodeo cowboys and others. Many of the National Magazines such as: The Saturday Evening Post and Playboy, ran articles on him and he appeared on the front cover of the October 22, 1951 LIFE Magazine, along with a lengthy article.
Edd Hayes Fine Bronze Commission Sculpture
"Creative Versatility" best describes this internationally collected master of the sculpted form. A specialist in the planning, design, creation and installation of Life-size and Monumental bronze sculpture.