BISMARCK, N.D. - From 2007 through 2009 the world's best
professional bull riders voted Chad Berger as the
top stock contractor.
Although that honor has gone to Jeff Robinson the
past two years, Berger remains a fan-favorite. The North Dakota
native can always be found signing autographs at the Cooper Tires
booth prior to Built Ford Tough Series events.
He's recognized in airports and sought out in hotel lobbies.
And along with Robinson, Circle T Ranch, D&H Cattle and Boyd
& Floyd, he's among the five most active contractors hauling
bulls to BFTS and Touring Pro Division events from coast to
'I'll get back to the top. It's just a
matter of my partners sticking with me.'
"You have Jeff Robinson and Circle T out there buying up a lot of
the good bulls," said Berger in May, following the BFTS event in
Pueblo, Colo. "I'm trying to raise more and find more of these
younger bulls that I can bring up through the Classics. I'm trying
to build my herd back up that way, and try to make another run at
"These guys are going out and spending way more money than I want
He said he agrees that Robinson and Circle T Ranch currently have
two of the best pens, judging by the total number of
championship-round bulls they haul, but that he's replenishing his
own pen by raising more bulls than he has in the past.
"I'll get back to the top," he said. "It's just a matter of my
partners sticking with me.
"It runs in stride, you know. These guys will get tired of buying
those high-priced bulls, too."
In the meantime, he's hosting a
TPD event in Bismarck this weekend, for the 12th year in a row.
The event, which was previously recognized as the PBR Sanctioned
Event of the Year, is taking place Friday and Saturday at the
Bismarck Civic Center.
The always impressive Smackdown will wow the crowd this
weekend in Bismarck, N.D.
According to Berger, Yellow Jacket Jr., Grey
Ghost and How We Roll will highlight the
short round, along with Smackdown, who has emerged
as one of the Top 3 contenders for World Champion Bull along with
Asteroid and Bushwacker.
"I have some young bulls I've kind of been hiding away," Berger
added, "and they'll be in Bismarck and I'll buck them at (the
Touring Pro Division events) this summer and bring them to the
Built Ford Tough Series this fall, and try to get them to the
"I think I've got several of them at home."
Berger said he has as many as 10 who could make a name for
themselves after the summer break.
Ironically, they are currently without names.
'We treat them well and put on a good show
Berger has been very careful about choosing names for his bucking
"I am particular," he confirmed. "I'm still trying to fit a name
with the bull. You ever hear of the horse with no name? These are
the bulls with no names. They'll have names in Bismarck."
This weekend's Bismarck event will have a distinctly BFTS feel to
Along with top-ranked riders like Robson Palermo
and Ryan Dirteater, Flint Rasmussen will serve as
entertainer and work alongside announcer Clint
Adkins. Frank Newsom and Jesse
Byrne will fight bulls.
Berger said fans fly in from California, Texas and the East Coast,
because "we treat them well and put on a good show for them."