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Ride High, T.C., Ride High

 
 
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By Beverly Pfingsten, June 7, 2011
1. Ride High, T.C., Ride High Marker
Inscription. Travis Calvin Holloway began his career as a professional cowboy in the family's living room near Eagle Butte, South Dakota, where he rode his first bucking horse - his brother Chuck. When Chuck would no longer unseat his younger sibling, their father built T.C. a bucking barrel. The aspiring bronc rider offered his other brothers and sisters a dollar for every hour they would buck him on the contraption. So practiced, T.C. entered his first rodeo at the age of five.

Born to rodeo champ Johnny Holloway and his wife Sharyn on April 4, 1977, T.C. felt the cowboy blood in his veins as a very early age. Not only was his great-uncle Casey Tibbs, a six-time world saddle bronc rider, but his parents staged rodeos for a living, giving T.C. ample chances for practice. As a teenager, T.C. qualified for the National High School Rodeo Finals three times. During his first year of college, he qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo, where he finished third.

His successes landed him in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in 1997. He took the rodeo world by storm, winning the Saddle Bronc Championship at the Badlands Circuit Finals and the coveted Resistol Saddle Bronc Rookie of the Year award during his first year on the professional circuit. He went on to compete in the National Finals Rodeo in 2000, the same year that he won the

Ride High, T.C., Ride High Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 7, 2011
2. Ride High, T.C., Ride High Marker
saddle bronc event at the Days of '76 Rodeo in Deadwood, where he was a regular contestant.

T.C. was killed on August 28, 2001 in a car accident near Faith, South Dakota. This half life-size bronze, titled Ride High, T.C., Ride High was sculpted by western artist Tony Chytka and is based on several photographs of T.C. riding broncs in rodeos. It was dedicated on May 27, 2005.

The statue is being displayed in Deadwood at the request of the Holloway family, who has special ties with the community. Members of the Holloway family remain regulars at the Days of '76 Rodeo in Deadwood.

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Location. 44° 22.571′ N, 103° 43.856′ W. Marker is in Deadwood, South Dakota, in Lawrence County. Marker is at the intersection of Shrine Street and Upper Main Street on Shrine Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Deadwood SD 57732, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Generations of Change (here, next to this marker); Waite Block Annex (a few steps from this marker); Serving the Black Hills (within shouting distance of this marker); Deadwood City 1876 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Deadwood Changing -- 1884 1902 and Now (about 400 feet away); The Fire of 1879 (about 400 feet away); The Great Flood (about 400 feet away); Riches from Mud (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Deadwood.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 1, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 622 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 1, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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