— Staff Report
Weatherford College has received word that Johnny Emmons, head rodeo coach, will be inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in April.
Emmons will be inducted during the TRCHF Rodeo Reunion and Induction April 11-12 in the Fort Worth Stockyards. The TRCHF was founded in 1975, and inductees are honored in a display of photos and biographies on the walls of the Cowtown Coliseum in the Stockyards.
Emmons competed as a professional roper for nearly 25 years. He qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) five times: 1989, 1998 and 2001-2003. A former Texas Circuit All-Around and three time tie-down roping champion, Emmons qualified for the Texas Circuit Finals 20 consecutive years (1988-2007), including five appearances in Team Roping. The 1988 PRCA Texas Rookie of the Year, Emmons brought in more than $800,000 in career pro rodeo earnings.
The Arlington native started his roping career at age 10 and competed in various junior and high school rodeo associations, including the AJRA, NTHSRA, LSHSRA, THSRA and the NHSRA. Emmons won a Southwest Region Team Roping title and qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo in 1986 while attending Vernon College on a rodeo/baseball scholarship.
Emmons served as Weatherford College’s assistant rodeo coach from 2005 until taking over head coaching duties in 2012.