Pictured on the left is Yakima Canutt riding Rainbow at the Roundup circa 1920. On the right is famous bucking horse Tipperary at the Roundup in 1922 with Howard Tegland aboard. Yakima was the first cowboy to ever earn a qualified ride on the legendary bucking horse in 1920. Yakima rode Tipperrary a second time before a packed house of rodeo fans at the Roundup in 1921.
The historic Belle Fourche Cowboy Band is seen here in a group pose at the 25th Annual Black Hills Roundup in 1943. The band was officially organized in 1931, but had been together since before the turn of the previous century. The Belle Fourche Cowboy Band has performed at rodeos throughout the west and even for President Eisenhower at Mt. Rushmore. But they always call Belle Fourche home. When you attend the Black Hills Roundup, you can still have the rare experience of hearing a live cowboy band performing at a rodeo event. It’s one more thing that enhances your true western experience at the Roundup.
Pictured on the left is an early bareback rider at the Roundup. Perhaps double grabs were the only way to go back then! On the right is the famous bucking bull Sharkey. Notcie the use of the saddle. It didn’t seem to help.
Pictured on the left is the aptly named bronc “Skyrocket” with Calgary Red aboard during the 1917 Roundup. On the right is a rare photo of Roman Racing; an event that was part of the Black Hills Roundup during it’s second and third decades.
As in many early rodeos, buffalo were part of the festivities. The Black Hills Roundup was no exception.