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.”