“I’m just trying to keep myself together.”
As he continued competing in the National Finals Rodeo after being injured four times during the 1971 NFR.
Bobby Berger was born June 22, 1945 in Halstead, KS to Marlin and Loreva Berger. In 1962, at the age of 16 he won his first National Little Britches Rodeo. He was awarded rodeo scholarships by both Lamar Junior College of Lamar, CO, where he received an Associate’s Degree, and Cal Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo, CA, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science. Bobby qualified 13 times for the National Finals Rodeo. In 1967 he was the NIRA Champion bull rider. Bobby was the NFR bull riding winner in 1969 and 1971. In 1971, he suffered injuries at the NFR and during a winning ride at a rodeo Cloverdale, BC Canada. But after 1973, he began placing again in the PRCA standings. He was the Prairie Circuit bull riding champion in 1976 and 1977, the PRCA saddle bronc champion in 1977, and in 1979, the PRCA World Champion saddle bronc rider. Bobby was inducted into the PRCA Hall of Fame in August 1990 in Colorado Springs. In February 2013, he was inducted into Halstead High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Bobby Berger has a positive outlook on life and is very knowledgeable about livestock. He has enjoyed great success in training horses and loves the rodeo. He married Serena Riggs on May 22, 1987 and together they have a daughter, Tyler. Bobby has three other children from a previous marriage, Jennings, Brienna and Catanna and two grandchildren. Bobby is currently employed by Basic Energy Services in Pearsall, Texas.
Year inducted: 2013