All-Around Champion Cowboy, 1942, 1948
A natural-born rough-stock rider, Gerald Roberts came from a rodeo family. “Rodeo’s Ridin’ Roberts” included Gerald, born in 1920 near Council Grove, Kansas, as well as three-time-champion bull-rider Ken Roberts and saddle-bronc and trick rider, Marjorie Roberts. Their father, Emmett C. Roberts, a rancher, created and produced the Flint Hills Rodeo, Kansas’ oldest venue, at the family ranch.
Gerald Roberts parlayed his exceptional ability into championships in all three of the sport’s riding events at every major rodeo in the U.S. and Canada. His 17 trophy saddles and 60 buckles include the RCA all-around title in 1942 and 1948, the saddle-bronc and bull-riding awards at Madison Square Garden in 1949, and the North American All-Around Championship, at Calgary, Alberta, in 1950.
Gerald Roberts entered his last contest in the Orange Bowl Rodeo at Miami, Florida, in 1960, and afterward went into the manufacturing business in Kansas. In 2004, Gerald passed away.