Gold Buckle Club News



Gold Buckle Club Members:

It’s hard to believe the first performance of the 87th Sheridan WYO Rodeo is just one month from today! Before we know it, we’ll be filling those red seats at the south end of the Sheridan County Fairgrounds arena to watch some of the very best rodeo action around.

Last year we created a private Facebook group (Gold Buckle Club Rodeo Tickets) to help aid in the buying, selling and trading of GBC tickets amongst its members. If you are looking for or trying to sell GBC Section tickets for the rodeo, you can post them on the group’s page along with your contact information for other GBC members to see. Only current Gold Buckle Members will be accepted into this group. Kitt Laidlaw is the new “administrator” for this private Facebook group, so if you aren’t already friends with Kitt on Facebook, send her a friend request!

The concept is quite easy:

1)   Make sure you’re friends with Kitt Laidlaw on Facebook

2)   Ask to join the private group (Gold Buckle Club Rodeo Tickets)

3)   Once accepted into the group you will be able to view and create posts for buying and selling GBC tickets!

This is simply to help members get in touch with other members regarding GBC Section (only) rodeo tickets. Any buying, selling or trading through this group is solely the responsibility of the buyer and seller. The Gold Buckle Club Advisory Committee will not be held responsible for any transactions that take place within this group.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Kitt at 803-622-3337. We look forward to seeing each and every one of you in July.


Gold Buckle Club survey response letter

Gold Buckle Club

Greetings Gold Buckle Club members,

Earlier this year we sent a survey asking for input regarding a few GBC policies that were being considered for revision.  We wish to thank those who provided valuable feedback in your responses.   We read all of your responses, compiled the data, and although the responses varied, there was a clear theme to the preferences of the members who responded to the survey.

One resounding theme that emerged is the need for more GBC parking to be available to the members.  We are pleased to announce we will implement several strategies to improve the parking, which we believe will greatly improve the 2017 Gold Buckle Club experience at the WYO Rodeo.

Based on other responses received, we are also excited to share changes to the check-in process, as well as clarification and reinforcement of some of the original policies.  We anticipate these efforts will enhance the Gold Buckle Club experience for our members at the 2017 Sheridan WYO Rodeo by reducing crowding in the Hospitality Room.

New Check-in Process:

The most notable change for this year is the method by which we distribute the wristbands for entry to the GBC.  You will not find wristbands in your mailboxes; they will be secured at the door each night by a check-in person as you enter the GBC.  If members wish to exercise their right to pay for two guests each night, then the member MUST be present with their guests at the door to greet them and pay their guests’ fees.

Membership-sharing Process:

GBC members who do not plan to attend the GBC Hospitality Room may transfer their benefits to two other people to enjoy.  However, the non-members MAY NOT bring paying guests into the GBC.  In other words, the privilege of bringing guests into the GBC is reserved exclusively for GBC members.  In addition, if someone other than yourself will be enjoying your benefits for the evening, we ask that you contact GBC Secretary Vicki Jorgenson ahead of time to let her know who will be attending in your absence.  Vicki may be reached by phone or email:  307-751-4215 or

All these measures are in response to the survey feedback, and we believe all of them will greatly improve the members’ experience in the GBC during the Sheridan WYO Rodeo.


Gold Buckle Club Advisory Committee

GBC VIP Room Policy 2015

2014 Annual Letter

It’s hard to believe, but 2014 marked the ten year anniversary of the Gold Buckle Club. The club once again contributed $34,000 towards increasing the added prize money of the rodeo. As stated last year, the support of the GBC has been directly instrumental in elevating the WYO Rodeo as one of the best outdoor rodeos in the country.

This year’s rodeo was arguably the best ever. The addition of the wild pony races was a huge success and was the talk of the town. To go along with such a great rodeo, this year’s VIP room was a complete success as well. And based on this year’s attendance, the VIP room is THE PLACE to be during rodeo week.

Both of last year’s members only events, The Preakness party and the Skirts and Spurs party, were very well attended and based on feed back, both were generally very well received. By the time you receive this letter, you will have had the opportunity to attend this year’s Skirts and Spurs party at the Holiday Inn which featured the Midlife Chryslers from Billings. We hope a good time was had by all.

After two years of working very closely together the GBC Advisory Committee and the Rodeo Board have coordinated the set up and operation of the VIP room. We believe that this year’s pre-scanning of rodeo tickets, the check in process, and the security went very well.


During the 2014 Fiscal Year, (October 1, 2013 thru September 30, 2014) the club generated a total of $338,161 in revenue. That figure was derived from $85,461 of extra ticket revenues (GBC rodeo seating, and guest ticket receipts); $200 from other income; and $252,500 from membership dues and new member initiation fees. From that revenue the club generated $105,758 in net income.

Of the total generated revenue, 51% was spent on member social activities; 12% was contributed to the rodeo and community partners; 6% went towards overhead and other costs; and 31% represented net income.

At the end of fiscal year 2014 the club had $168,522 in the bank, $22,200 in receivables, and net fixed assets of $123,629. The club is going into the 2015 fiscal year with a very healthy financial statement. For the first time in club history only $3,000 of the aged receivables were past due 90 days. Thank you for your diligence in paying your membership dues.


As was stated last year, we are beginning to save for the future. To that end, earlier this year, the Rodeo Board established a reserve fund and seeded that fund with $100,000. $80,000 was contributed by the GBC and $20,000 was contributed by the rodeo. The main purpose of that fund is to act as an internal endowment (rainy day fund, if you will) to provide financial support for the rodeo during times of economic stress. Our intention is to continue adding to that fund until it reaches $250,000 in deposits. As also mentioned last year, it is the intention of the two boards to better coordinate the long term objectives of both the GBC and The Rodeo to provide and ensure a first class rodeo for many years to come. To that end, we have established a capital budgeting and planning committee to begin planning for the long term future of the rodeo. We are excited about the direction this process will take us.


As of this date, our club membership is full at 250, and we have one name on the waiting list. During 2014 we lost 7 members but added 9 new members. Over a period of ten years the club has lost a total of 82 members, which represents an average annual attrition of about 3.3% Based strictly on the number of lost members during the past year, 2014’s attrition was 3%.

Over the years we have engaged the help of and established partnerships with organizations in the Sheridan area to assist the club in various activities including set up, clean up, facility use, vending, etc. During 2014 the club paid these organizations a total of $5,250. Included in this group are the following:

  • Elks Youth Rodeo
  • Sheridan High School FFA

The Advisory Committee would like to take this opportunity to extend a special thanks to the Sheridan High School Football Team and the Sheridan College Rodeo Team for all of their help in setting up the VIP room during rodeo week and for helping set up the venues for the spring and fall events.


Once again in 2015, one night of the VIP room will be designated as family night. Member children will be admitted free, minor children will be permitted entry after the rodeo, and food and entertainment will be appropriate for all family members. Initiation fees for new members remain at $2000, and annual Membership dues are currently $1000. You will continue to receive your annual membership dues invoices via USPS. As stated last year, we realize the GBC is the last thing you think about when changing your address, but we still encourage you to please provide us with any changes to your physical address and/or your e-mail address. Send all such communications to Once again, we encourage your feedback regarding this report and the club in general. Should you have any questions, or comments, please feel free to contact any one of the members of the GBC Advisory Committee.

Our 2014 accomplishments are in line with the stated purpose of the club. We hope you find this report informative, and we thank you for your continued support of the Gold Buckle Club and the Sheridan WYO Rodeo.

Sincerely yours,
The GBC Advisory Committee:

Trigg Marquiss – Chairman
Scott Davis – Vice Chairman
Linda St. Clair – Secretary
Larry Gold – Treasurer
Zane Garstad – Rodeo President
Vicki Jorgenson
Troy Baker
Sam Summers
Greg Von Krosigk
Hayden Heaphy
Doug Haye
Peter Widener
Ken Durfee
Steve Kraft