For three years running Little Yellow Jacket has been voted by the top 45 bull riders in the world as the king of bucking bulls; no small feat in an industry that is producing more explosive and increasingly athletic four legged athletes with the passing of each PBR season.
Tom Teague of Teague Bucking Bulls, LLC, candidly remarked, "First and foremost I would like to thank Joe, Darlene, and Nevada Berger for selling me half interest in Little Yellow Jacket. What can you really say about a bull that has been voted the three-time bucking bull of the year? That is all you have to say. I just wish they would have sold me the other half interest."
"Little Yellow Jacket is my main traveling partner," said Nevada Berger of Berger Bucking Bulls. "He's the first one on the trailer. He loves what he does and he likes to go. The further he gets from home the harder he bucks."
The impending retirement of the incredible little bull with the strong traveling instincts will leave a void, however the Berger family agreed that the time was appropriate for Little Yellow Jacket's final curtain call. "He's number one and he's at the top with nothing left to prove," stated Nevada Berger. Darlene Berger echoed her son's sentiments stating, "Little Yellow Jacket is a once in a lifetime bull. It will be a sad day when he doesn't buck anymore and especially for Nevada because he shares a very special bond with that bull. But we all agreed that he's been at the top for a while and he has done his job. Little Yellow Jacket has made a significant difference in all of our lives because of all of the people that respect him and friends that we've gained through his involvement in the PBR."
Joe Berger, who got started in the bucking bull industry in 1966, stated, "Little Yellow Jacket has bucked hard all his life since he was about two and a half years old, and we feel that he deserves to get off the trailer. Next spring we'll turn him out with some cows and raise a few calves by him. I would like to thank the PBR for giving us the chance to take him to the events and the bull riders for recognizing him."
Little Yellow Jacket's statistics reflect the immortal legacy that he will leave behind. He has been successfully ridden by merely 12 of the elite Built Ford Tough Series' (BFTS) best during the course of 85 recorded tour outs. Little Yellow Jacket, who is nine in August, made his PBR debut as a three-year-old in 1999 and during the past six seasons has turfed the biggest names in the sport of professional bull riding to the delight of his legion of loyal fans. Little Yellow Jacket and 1997 PBR World Champion Michael Gaffney teamed up on April 24, 2004 for an electrifying 96.5 point performance, which tied the highest score in PBR history formerly set by two-time PBR World Champion Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) and Bubba Dunn (Alexandria, La.).
Little Yellow Jacket was sired by 1997 PRCA Bull of the Year, Yellow Jacket, and his grandsire was two-time North American Rodeo Commission (NARC) Bull of the Year, Wrangler Rivets. The Bergers lost Little Yellow Jacket's mother in a devastating winter storm that killed approximately 100 head of cows in 1997. Of the breeding program responsible for producing this supreme athlete Joe Berger stated, "We started our bucking bull breeding operation in 1966 and we have done a lot of culling since those days to get the herd of around 200 cows and bred heifers that we've got now. Little Yellow Jacket has some sons that are bucking well right now."
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