Star-studded field to put wraps on Hempstead rodeo

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HEMPSTEAD, Texas – In a career that began 32 years ago, Mike Johnson has been one of the best tie-down ropers in professional rodeo.

Mike Johnson
Mike Johnson

The Henryetta, Okla., cowboy is a 23-time qualifier to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. In fact, his first two qualifications came in 1983-84, when ProRodeo’s grand finale was in downtown Oklahoma City, his home-state’s capital.

He and his wife, Sherrylynn, an NFR qualifier in barrel racing, are scheduled to compete in tonight’s final performance of the Waller County Fair and Rodeo, which begins at 7:30. They’re two of 15 qualifiers competing tonight.

The biggest name in the mix is eight-time world champion Joe Beaver, who will compete in team roping, heading for partner Reno Gonzales.

Other qualifiers are bareback riders Kyle Bowers, Heath Ford, Winn Ratliff, Austin Foss and Clint Cannon, competing at his hometown rodeo; steer wrestler Nick Guy; team ropers Boogie Ray, Travis Tryan and Michael Jones; tie-down roper Cory Solomon, also competing at his hometown rodeo; and barrel racers Tammy Fischer and Taylor Jacob.

It’s a great night to wrap this year’s great rodeo in Hempstead. It should be a lot of fun.


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