Jhett Johnson of Casper was possibly the unlikeliest bet to win a world championship at this week’s $6 million Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
He and his team-roping partner, Turtle Powell of Texas, entered rodeo’s Super Bowl ranked 12th of the 15 top teams in terms of earnings this season in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, and Powell’s horse, appropriately nam
After picking up his PRCA card almost 20 years ago, it was always a goal of team roper Jhett Johnson to win his way into the National Finals Rodeo. He has done that 5 times and has finished as high as 4th in the world standings. With increased family commitments and the pressures of running a ranch with his father and brother, this could be his last.