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Trey John­son’s Re­sis­tol Rookie of the Year Buckle


first year on the rodeo road can change a guy—some­times he learns to throw faster, to en­ter smarter, or to drive longer hours. But Trey John­son’s rookie year was about a lit­tle more than that.

“I grew a lot as a man dur­ing that time,” John­son said. “Just draw­ing near to God through the whole year—bat­tling through the ups and the downs. In­stead of it just be­ing a goal to me, it was more about growth to me as a man. It just re­minds me of God’s faith­ful­ness and to stay faith­ful to Him and to stay fo­cused, to keep work­ing hard.”

So when John­son straps on his Re­sis­tol Rookie of the Year heel­ing buckle from the year 2000, it re­minds him of the char­ac­ter that sea­son helped him de­velop as much as the pay­checks and ac­co­lades.

“It was a dream of mine when I started rop­ing. I wanted to be­come a pro­fes­sional. I won the rookie of the year, which was a goal that I set out to achieve. It came down to the last week of rodeo, but I got it done.”

Af­ter win­ning the Re­sis­tol Rookie of the Year ti­tle, John­son took a nine-year break from the rodeo world to min­is­ter, un­til just a few years ago when he started rop­ing again.

When not rodeo­ing, John­son can be found min­is­ter­ing and teach­ing rop­ing schools in between.

“The Lord tells me to stay ready for an as­sign­ment. I’m a pitch hit­ter now as far as rop­ing goes, and I use my rop­ing as a tool as I’m trav­el­ing and min­is­ter­ing.”

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