The Blonde Breakaway Horse: Meet Erin Johnson’s “Chico”

Erin Johnson shares information about Chico, her number one breakaway roping horse. Learn all about this gelding on!


If you know Erin Johnson, you know Chico. Registered “Husker Be Smokin,” 14-year-old Chico has carried Johnson to three NFBR qualifications and after the 2022 ProRodeo regular season, sits No. 2 in the wold standings with an impressive $72,241.04 in earnings as the only horse Johnson competed on in 2022.

Chico and Johnson started out their year strong, headlining their winter with a $50,000 win at the inaugural RodeoHouston breakaway roping.

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Since then, Chico has been a fixture on the ProRodeo trail, and Johnson will be the first to share how special this palomino gelding is to herself and her family. Listen as Johnson shares Chico’s background and how she turned him into one of the top breakaway roping horses in history.

Meet Erin Johnson’s Breakaway Horse: Chico
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About Erin Johnson

Erin Johnson grew up on an Eastern Colorado, fourth-generation cattle ranch. 

“Ranch work was always a part of our lives,” said Johnson, a three-time WPRA World Champion breakaway roper. “My siblings and I, we really didn’t get into rodeo. My parents took us to some gymkhanas when we were younger, and we learned to ride bareback. I don’t even think we had saddles until we were like 8, when we started showing in 4H. We showed cattle a lot.”

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Johnson is also a two-time National Finals of Breakaway Roping qualifier. Her series on discusses opportunities in college rodeo as well as breeding programs, the legacy of a great breakaway roping horse, and more.

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