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2016 Earnings:
2016 Wrangler NFR:
2016 World Standings

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Born: Aug. 18, 1948, in Decatur, Ind.
Residence: Pauls Valley, Okla.
Joined WPRA: 1985
Horses: Sadiefamouslastwords "Mo", 8-year old buckskin gelding - Sire: Sadies Frosty Drift/Dam: Porky and Bess; Sailors Wind "Sailor", 15-year old gelding - Sire: Dashin Is Easy/Dam: Runaway N Passem
World titles: 2 (2006, 2016)
Wrangler NFR qualifications: 4 (2006, 2008-09, 2016)
Tour Finale titles:  1
            Pace Chute-out:  2006
Tour Finale qualifications: 7
            Pace Chute-out: 2006
            Caldwell round: 2008
            Puyallup round: 2008
            Omaha round: 2006, 2008
            Championship:  2006, 2008
DNCFR qualifications: 4 (2005, 2009-10, 2015)


2016 Highlights

•      Won second world title and became the oldest world champion - male or female to win a world title (68 years, 4 months).
•      Won the seventh round at the Wrangler NFR in a time of 13.58 seconds; placed in 6 rounds and finished eighth in the average in a total time of 153.40 seconds.
•      Only the third WPRA member in NFR history to wear the No. 1 back number. Charmayne James in 1987 and Sherry Cervi in 1995.
•      Broke Lindsay Sears' regular season earnings record from 2008, on Aug. 8. Sears' record was $184,567. On Aug. 8, 2016, Burger set the new regular season record at $190,977.
•      Will set a new record of oldest WPRA and PRCA NFR qualifier at the age of 68 (68 years and 4 months). Prior to this June Holeman was the oldest at 62 years, 6 months.
•      Won the Calgary Stampede and $122,000 - the maximum amount possible. Of this amount $72,000 counted to the WPRA World Standings per WPRA rules.
•      Won RodeoHouston.
•      Won the Hugo (Okla.) PRCA Rodeo
•      Won the Flint Hills Rodeo (Strong City, Kan.)
•      Won the Abbyville (Kan.) Frontier Days Rodeo
•      Won the Wichita Falls (Texas) PRCA Rodeo.
•      Won the San Patricio County PRCA Rodeo (Sinton, Texas)
•      Won the cardholder race at the 2015 WPRA World Finals in Waco, Texas, money counted to 2016 standings.

Career Highlights

•      2015 - Finished the year with $17,641 and ranked 77th.
•      2014 - Finished the year with $12,029 and 84th.
•      2013 - Finished the year with $2,166 and ranked 337th. In 2013, the Sadiefamouslastwords and Burger finished second in the WPRA Futurity Division with 154 points and $22,283 in futurity earnings.
•      2012 - Finished the year with $5,347 and ranked 161st.
•      2011 - Won the Scotts Bluff County Fair & Rodeo (Mitchell, Neb.) and the Hugo (Okla.) PRCA Rodeo. Finished the year with $35,385 and ranked 33rd.
•      2010 – Ended her partnership with Rare Fred “Fred” after his owner Ron Martin was forced to sell him. He sold Fred to a high school girl in Texas.
•      2009 – Entered the Wrangler NFR ranked third but finished the year ranked fourth with $156,153. Placed in three out of 10 rounds. Won the Dodge Prairie Circuit Finals year-end and average title, the Longford (Kan.) Rodeo, the Freedom (Okla.) Rodeo and Old Cowhands Reunion, the Dodge City (Kan.) Roundup Rodeo, the Eugene (Ore.) Pro Rodeo., the Bennington (Kan.) PRCA Rodeo, the Crockett (Texas) Lions Club PRCA Rodeo and RodeoHouston. Co-champion at the Young County Rodeo (Graham, Texas).
•      2008 – Placed in three out of 10 rounds at the Wrangler NFR. Finished the year seventh in the world with $116,518 and was fifth in the NFR average, winning a total of $30,018 at the Finals; won the Dodge Prairie Circuit Finals year-end and average title, the Longford (Kan.) PRCA Rodeo, the Will Rogers Memorial Rodeo (Vinita, Okla.), the Athens (Texas) MDA Benefit Pro Rodeo, the 101 Wild West Rodeo (Ponca City, Okla.), the Kansas Biggest Rodeo (Phillipsburg, Kan.), the Days of ’47 Rodeo (Salt Lake City, Utah), the Laramie (Wyo.) Jubilee Days Rodeo, the Molalla (Ore.) Buckeroo Rodeo, the St. Paul (Ore.) Rodeo, the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo, the Crosstie PRCA Rodeo (Hinton, Okla.), the Will Rogers Stampede (Claremore, Okla.), the Abdallah Shrine Rodeo (Tonganoxie, Kan.), the Butterfield Stage Days Rodeo (Bridgeport, Texas) and the Walker County Fair and Rodeo (Huntsville, Texas); was co-champion at the Angelina County Benefit Rodeo (Lufkin, Texas).
•      2007 – Finished the year ranked 30th in the world with $26,144.
•      2006 – Won her first world title after placing in nine out of 10 rounds at the Wrangler NFR. Became the oldest WPRA World Champion at the age of 58. Finished the year with $189,185 of which $78,558 was won at the Wrangler NFR; won the Tulsa (Okla.) State Fair PRCA Rodeo, the Inter-State Fair and Rodeo (Coffeyville, Kan.), the Wahoo (Neb.) PRCA Rodeo, the Toppenish (Wash.) Pow Wow and Rodeo, the Eugene (Ore.) Pro Rodeo and the Pace Picante ProRodeo Chute-out (Tulsa, Okla.); was co-champion at the Old Fort Days Rodeo (Fort Smith, Ark.).
•      1987 – Prairie Circuit Finals champion.


Horse Rare Fred (nickname Fred) was named the AQHA Barrel Racing Horse of the Year in 2006 and 2009; Sadiefamouslastwords finished second in the AQHA/WPRA Barrel Racing Horse of the Year in 2016. Sadiefamouslastwords won the Scoti Flit Bar Rising Star Award in 2016.


World Champion AQHA – Barrels (1974, 1985-86, 1995, 2001-03, 2005) and World Champion AQHA – Pole Bending (1974)


Husband, Kerry (farrier); sons, Joey and Todd; daughter-in-law, P.J. and granddaughter, Kaden…Hobbies include raising colts…Parents are Agnes and Adrian Lichtle. She has five siblings – 3 brothers and 2 sisters. As a young child had Perthes disease in both hips that rendered her unable to walk. Prompted her father to buy her a pony, from whose back she virtually grew up in 4-H. Said the pony was her transportation until she was 10. Following that her dad bought her a young horse and she trained it for barrel racing and the rest is history…Mary was able to recover from Perthes disease with treatment. It is said that the riding helped her hips spread and allowed her to heal...Accomplished barrel trainer and futurity jockey...Travels with her husband, Kerry and her daughter-in-law PJ Burger. P.J. and Mary qualified for the NFR together in 2009, becoming the first mother and daughter-in-law to do so…Graduated from Decatur Catholic High School…Favorite rodeo is Woodward, Okla., because of the friendly people and good ground condition…Her regular work-out routine consists of riding and training horses…Favorite movie is Quigley Down Under, favorite type of music is soft rock, favorite sports team is the Oklahoma Sooners, favorite food is steak and potatoes, favorite rodeo is Houston and favorite book is the Bible… Injury to her primary horse, Fred, in 2007 prevented Burger from making a strong run at defending her world championship... Burger got Mo when he was just 2 years old in a trade with Brad Leiblong, a futurity trainer and horse trader. She traded an open horse for Mo, as she could tell early on that he was talented. "It was the best trade I have ever made in my entire life," Burger said...Sponsored by Brazos Valley Equine Hospital, Oxy-Gen, LubriSyn, Professional's Choice, Simply Equine, Back on Track.