The WPRA's first-ever Breakaway Roping World Champion, Becky Berggren.

In the mid-1970s, the WPRA included breakaway roping in the World Finals for the first time. They only did it for two years—1974 and 1975—before leaving it off the schedule again until the ’80s, but Becky Berggren was there to clinch the title that very first year.

WPRA World Champion Breakaway Roper: 1974

College: Sam Houston State University

College National Finals Rodeo Championship Titles: All-Around (1965), Barrel Racing (1965), SHSU Women’s Team (1965, 1966).

Hometown: Scottsbluff, NE

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*Please note: The above image is of an unidentified roper taken circa 1945 by Ralph R. Doubleday, courtesy of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.