postheadericon Taking a Turtle on a Jhett

For several years, header Turtle Powell and heeler Jhett Johnson have proven themselves as elite ropers in their respective categories.

Now that they’ve joined together, they’re setting a healthy standard in team roping. This past week is as much proof as anything.

Powell, a five-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Stephenville, Texas, and Johnson, a four-time NFR qualifier from Casper, Wyo., won a hair more than $15,000 each in a week’s worth of roping. They won the prestigious Reno (Nev.) Rodeo for the lion’s share of their earnings, but they also finished second at the West of the Pecos (Texas) Rodeo and earned a round check in Santa Fe, N.M.

That will move each cowboy easily into the top 10 in their divisions. Also it provides them with incredible momentum heading into “Cowboy Christmas,” the lucrative run of rodeos around the Fourth of July.

That might be the most valuable piece they’ve got going in their fights for 2011 world championships.

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