WATCH: Chet Johnson Teaches Young Cowboys A Lesson About Saddle Bronc Riding
SAN ANGELO, TX — Mayor Brenda Gunter rode in with Old Glory, rocking the red, white, and blue before the 2021 San Angelo Rodeo kickstarted the PRCA Finals called the Short Go on Friday night, April 23.
In steer wrestling, there were three runs of 3.8 seconds, but in the end, Cade Staton's 11.8 seconds combined on three rounds that won him the average. He is yet to make it to the National Finals Rodeo, but his winnings of over $6,700 Friday night are sure to help his chances this year.
In tie-down roping, San Angelo crowds cheered the legend that is Tuf Cooper. The 3-time world champion has won the Cinch Chute Out here but never the PRCA Short Go at the San Angelo Rodeo until now. Tuf's 9.9 second time Friday contributed to his 25.3 second average on three rounds and gave him the San Angelo Rodeo 2021 calf roping title.
In saddle bronc riding we saw two cowboys go toe-to-toe with two of stock contractor Pete Carr's finest broncs. Sage Newman got the party started with an 87-point ride on a bronc named Money Talks. He earned 170 points on 2 rides during this year's rodeo.
Newman held the lead until the Tom Brady of the San Angelo Rodeo, otherwise known as Chet Johnson, the 40-year-old cowboy, hopped on a horse named Fort Concho and rode his way to an 84-point ride to win the title. His 171 points on two rides during the rodeo just barely edged Newman.
After the ride we talked one-on-one with the Wyoming cowboy. Watch the video above, presented by Michelob Ultra.