Wayne Herman

Bareback Rider • Inducted 2014

Herman_WayneWayne Herman looked every inch the unvanquished warrior when he collected his gold buckle as the 1992 world champion bareback rider, with six stitches in his face, a black eye, a concussion and an injured riding arm, all coming as the result of a fifth-round wreck at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

Leading Ken Lensegrav by a mere $1,596 entering the NFR, Herman tied for second place in the average standings, bouncing back from that scary mid-rodeo incident on the Las Vegas dirt to place second in Round 8, win Round 9 and hold off the field in dramatic fashion to finish the year with a career-best $122,949.

One of the most consistent bareback riders of his generation, the Dickinson, N.D., native had six finishes among the top five bareback riders in the world (1985, 1988-91, 1995) in addition to his world championship season.

A year before breaking through to win the gold buckle, Herman won the NFR average and finished second to Clint Corey, just $1,050 shy of the title.

Herman qualified for the NFR 11 times – missing the 1993 rodeo due to injury – and had 15 round wins.

World Championship: 1 (1992)

Born January 10, 1964 in Golden Valley, North Dakota

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