Robert Anderson of Ft. Worth was a rodeo letterman at Tarleton State College in Stephenville. At Tarleton, while competing in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA), he won or placed in bull ridings in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. In 1970, Robert won the College National Finals Rodeo in Bozeman, Montana.
During his amateur career Robert rode four bulls that had never been ridden. In 1969 Anderson got his card in the Rodeo Cowboys Association. By 1972 Robert had won rodeos in all of the associations of which he had been a member.
When his riding career ended, Robert served in various capacities to help promote the sport of rodeo! As a high school rodeo team sponsor, he organized the North Texas High School Rodeo Association. He judged Professional, amateur and high school rodeos, served as a State Director for the Texas High School Rodeo Association, was a Board Member for the Windy Ryon Memorial Roping, served as a Director of the Texas Rodeo Cowboys Hall of Fame coordinating their first three golf tournaments and also organized the Tarleton Rodeo Alumni.
Robert is an inductee to the TSU Rodeo Hall of Fame, the Cowboy and Arena Champions HOF, the 2020 Bull Riding Honoree at the Cowboy Legacy Reunion. In 2021 he was recognized by the NIRA at the CNFR in Casper, Wyoming.
Robert and his wife of 53 years, Theresa, have two daughters, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. They are active members of the Aledo United Methodist Church.