HALSTEAD – Native son Bobby Berger will inducted into the Professional Bull Riders Ring of Honor in October. The Ring of Honor was created in 1996 to recognize those who have had the most profound impact on the sport of bull riding.
Berger was inducted into the Halstead High School Hall of Fame in 2013. He now lives in Pearsall, Texas.
Each member is presented a ring featuring the PBR logo along with their name and the year of their induction during the annual Heroes and Legends ceremony preceding the World Finals in October. Berger said, “I’m just surprised they’re recognizing me, really,” Berger said in an interview with Keith Ryan Cartwright.
Berger, 69, grew up on a farm in Halstead, where his father, Marlon, operated a fulltime farm business, raising wheat and milo. He also traded cows and horses. Berger was the fifth of six kids, with two older brothers, two older sisters, and a younger sister. His brothers were 10 and 11 years older than Berger and he “tagged along to watch and mimic” as they rode bulls and broncs, roped, and steer-wrestled locally.
After graduating from Halstead High School, Berger attended junior college in Lamar, Colo., where he was a member of the rodeo team and the livestock judging team.
After competing in a rodeo at the California State Fair, Berger was awarded a full scholarship to California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, Calif.
He spent the next two yeas competing with the rodeo team and professionally, while he earned an undergraduate degree in animal Science.
He first qualified for the NFR in 1966. Having twice qualified in the bronc riding, Berger qualified in the bull riding for the first time in 1969. He won the average at the NFR that year, finished second in the world standings a year later, and then won the average again in 1971, when he finished second in the standings for the second straight year.
Berger went to the NFR seven times as a bull rider and three of those times he rode more bulls than anyone else in the world.
There are only 38 other riders who have been inducted into the Ring of Honor.