Wayne Herman

Bareback Riding • Inducted 2014

Wayne 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.


Accolades

Biography

World Championships: 1

Bareback Riding: 1992

National Finals Rodeo Average Champion

Bareback Riding: 1991

RAM Circuit Year-End Champion

Badlands Circuit:

Bareback Riding: 1990, 1992, 1995, 1996

Born: January 10, 1964 in Golden Valley, North Dakota

NFR Qualifications: 11


Rodeo Championships

Buffalo Bill Rodeo / North Platte, NE
Bareback Riding: 1998

California Rodeo Salinas / Salinas, CA
Bareback Riding: 1990

Deadwood Days of ’76 Rodeo / Deadwood, SD
Bareback Riding: 1991

Dodge City Roundup / Dodge City, KS
Bareback Riding: 1984, 1992

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo / Fort Worth, TX
Bareback Riding: 1991

La Fiesta de los Vaqueros Rodeo / Tucson, AZ
Bareback Riding: 1991

National Western Stock Show & Rodeo / Denver, CO
Bareback Riding: 1985, 1987

Pendleton Round-Up / Pendleton, OR
Bareback Riding: 1988 (tie)

Redding Rodeo / Redding, CA
Bareback Riding: 1988, 1998

Reno Rodeo / Reno, NV
Bareback Riding: 1992

Snake River Stampede / Nampa, ID
Bareback Riding: 1994


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