Bruce Bowers was raised in a family of cowboys and boot wearers. Rodeo and the cowboy way of life runs deep in his roots. His grandpa Ken Roberts was a three time World Champion Bull Rider in 1943, 1944 and 1945, and an original inductee in the Cowboy Hall of Fame and an inductee in the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, and The Bull Riding Hall of Fame.
Bruce’s great uncle Gerald Roberts was a two-time All Around World Champion cowboy in 1942 and 1948, an original inductee in the Cowboy Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, and the Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame.
Bruce’s great aunt was an award-winning trick rider and bronc riding champion and was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame. Bruce’s great granddad, E.C. Roberts was a respected cowboy and rodeo and stock producer who started Roberts Rodeo Company and is the father and founder of the Flint Hills Rodeo in Strong City, Kansas. E.C. Roberts was inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1984. As professional rodeo personalities, the Roberts rodeo family were endorsing-wearers of such famous boot names as Blucher Boot Company and The Sanders Boot Makers.
Bruce became involved in the western leather industry as a carved and tooled leather saddlery maker of cowboy style items such as travel bags, brief cases, belts and gun leather. He apprenticed under Mike Spikes and L.B. Spikes before starting his own line of custom boots, Buckaroo Custom Boots.
Photo: Bruce Bowers (middle) with his grandpa Ken Roberts, three time World Champion Bull Rider, his brother Ken Roberts (right), and his grandpa’s wife, Josie (pictured left).