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The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame - Inductees
The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame - Inductees The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame Bernis Johnson Born in Cleburne, Bernis Johnson's life has revolved around rodeo, joining the RCA in 1947 and developing into a three-event contestant. During the 1960's, Johnson qualified for the National Finals Rodeo six times and ranked as high as third in the PRCA All Around. He left the arena as a contestant in the late 1960's and formed B-J Bucking Stock, working with Steve Murrin and P.K. Thomas in bringing rodeo back to the Fort Worth Stockyards. After purchasing Hoss Inman's Flying I bucking stock in 1977, Johnson produced rodeos in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, and Wyoming, For twenty years, outstanding B.J. bucking stock were recognized at the Texas Circuit and the National Finals, with Skoal "Sippin Velvet" a 5-time champion Bareback Horse of the Year and 6-time top Bareback Horse of the National Finals and Texas Circuit Finals. Johnson's Skoal "Sippin Velvet" was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2000. Johnson was also instrumental in bringing the All Girls Rodeo and the WPRA Finals to the Cowtown Coliseum. In January 2002 Johnson sold B.J. stock to Double J Rodeo of Webster, MN, ending a rodeo career that spanned fifty years.
It's the most dominant stretch for any bareback horse since Bernis Johnson's Sippin' Velvet, a five-time champion and member of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, who also won four titles in five years (1983-84 and 1986-87).
Five-time NFR qualifier Bernis Johnson recovering from heart attack
Rodeo News, Bernis Johnson Five-time NFR qualifier Bernis Johnson recovering from heart attack Five-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier Bernis Johnson is back home in Cleburne, Texas, recovering from a heart attack he suffered late last month while attending a funeral in Baton Rouge, La. Johnson, who has a history of heart trouble, was airlifted to the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, where he was assessed and stabilized. According to rodeo announcer Charlie Throckmorton, who spoke to Johnson Aug. 9, surgery remains an option. Johnson competed in the NFR three times as a bareback rider (1959, 1962-63) and twice as a bull rider (1961-62).
ProRodeo.com - ProRodeo Hall of Fame
Skoal Sippin' Velvet, owned by Bernis Johnson of B-J Rodeo Company, will be immortalized in the Hall of Fame after many exceptional years in the sport. The bronc was first used in PRCA rodeos in 1976.He was voted top bareback horse of the NFR in 1978-79, '82, '86 and '89, and was voted the best bareback horse in the Texas Circuit six times.The sorrel gelding bucked for 18 years in the PRCA, and was chosen to buck at the NFR 18 times.
Not since Bernis Johnson's Sippin' Velvet, a five-time champion and member of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, won four titles in five years (1983-84 and 1986-87), has a bareback horse been so dominant.
Grated Coconut is particularly special because while he is so dominant in the arena, he is just as docile outside of it. The Stud is halter broke-something his Calgary Stampede owners did in order to more easily use him as a herd stallion-calm in the chute, and will buck willingly without the flank strap.