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Dammy Johnson-Stonestreet Stables, LLC-Fort Collins Colorado Horse Boarding

Dammy Johnson

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Specializes in English, Jumping, Western Lessons, and Barrel Racing Lessons

Her credentials include: Three time National Finals Rodeo (NFR) qualifier in the Women’s Professional Barrel Racing Association (WPRA) and 10th in the world standings in the open barrels in 2001 at the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Championship Show. Dammy has many impressive wins, too numerous to mention.

Dammy Johnson

Dammy Johnson, English, Jumping, Western Lessons, and Barrel Racing

Dammy has won the Cow Place / San Francisco pro rodeo barrel race. She has won the California Professional Barrel Racing State Championship twice, and was Reserve once. She completed the grueling Tevis Cup 100 Mile Endurance Ride. Her credentials go on and on. She is a multiple award winner in many disciplines. She has an extensive English, jumping, Western, endurance, barrel racing and draft horse background. She has worked for the past 17 years taking care of the famous Budweiser Hitch in Fort Collins.

She teaches lessons in all disciplines to Stonestreet Stables’ LLC boarding clients every Monday evening at Stonestreet Stables,LLC without charge.

Dammy was featured in the May 15, 2008 edition of Rodeo News. Here is the article for your reading pleasure.

With Dammy Johnson

by Rebecca Lasich

Damaris Johnson, or Dammy as her parents called her, made the NFR three years in a row (1975-1977). She couldn’t rodeo full time and couldn’t get very far out of her home state of California due to her job first at Disneyland and then in a tack and western store.

“I didn’t get to go down the road like most,” Dammy said. “I rode mostly in California and only on the weekends because I had to be back to work on Monday. Fortunately there were quite a few rodeos in California.”

Born and raised in Los Angeles, the now 65-year-old, grew up with the Aroyo Seco Stables right out her door. The stables then owned by her parents, Chuck and Bobbi Williams, are still there today. “I was born into horses. I grew up riding mostly English.” Dammy started her horses at gymkhanas. “They didn’t have many jackpots, we had gymkhanas.”

She met her husband, Eugene at Disneyland, where they both worked on the mule ride. Guests would ride mules in a pack string around Frontier Land at the park. “I was the Driver of Livestock according to the Union.” The couple was married in 1963. “Eugene was playing around riding bulls at jackpots. I just thought it would be fun so I got a horse and started running barrels.” She joined the International Rodeo Association and then the Girls Rodeo Association, which is now the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association.

Dammy got her WPRA card in the late 1960s and has kept it ever since. She recently received her new card for WPRA and it has both the WPRA logo and the old GRA logo on it, celebrating the association’s 60 years.

She qualified for the NFR from 1975 to 1977 but was unable to compete in 1977 after her horse, Mr. Scooper Bull, suffered a career-ending injury at Reno, Nev. “It was a torn tendon or ligament, I can’t remember,” Dammy said. Bull was retired after that and lived to the age of 34.

Dammy’s favorite memory from the NFR was meeting other barrel racers. “I was competing with the top girls in the country. A lot of them didn’t come to California.”

Dammy remembers the rodeos she loved like Salinas, which she won twice “when it was on the racetrack,” and The Cow Palace. Eugene gave up bull riding but still traveled with Dammy when he was around. “We would usually hit one rodeo a weekend,” Dammy said. “We would occasionally get hooked up and go to two.” She remembers when large events like The Cow Palace started running back-to-back performances and when electric timers were first used for barrel racing. “Sometimes they worked and sometimes they didn’t, much like today,” she said.

Dammy and Eugene’s lives were full of interesting animals, as Eugene worked part of his live as an exotic animal trainer. The couples’ daughter, Trudy, grew up around animals. The influence of exotic animals must have stuck as she and her husband, Jim Williams, work for the Ringling Brothers Elephant Conservation Center in Florida.

Eugene worked transporting and training the animals. “His dad worked for Gene Holder on his movies,” Dammy said. “His brother, Gary, still owns elephants. His business is Have Trunk Will Travel.”

A career that has always stuck close to horses, Dammy has worked in not only the rodeo arena but also on the commercial horse arena. Dammy worked as Clydesdale Handler for the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales for almost 20 years. “I knew the head driver at the Santa Anita Racetrack, Donny Tucker.” Dammy went down and got a job. When the new training facility opened in Fort Collins, Colo., in 1989, Dammy and her husband, moved to Colorado.

Dammy said the horses were the best part of her job and she loved seeing the guests. “The little kids who just loved it and the older folks who came in. You could see it took them back to another time.”

Although she didn’t rodeo much while she worked for Anheuser-Busch, Dammy managed to keep her WPRA card. “I tried to go to the county fair barrel race, I entered Grover (Colo.) a couple of times and Cheyenne when they had the barrel race again.” For a span of about 10 years, Cheyenne Frontier Days did not have barrel racing because the WPRA required equal money.

Dammy and her husband, live near Wellington, Colo., where Dammy, who retired in, 2006, still competes in barrel racing. “I loved my job, but it’s great to have weekends off and go barrel racing and play with horses. I highly recommend retirement to anyone.”

The biggest thing she ever won was an Elite 3-horse trailer in September 2007. “I’ve got the use of the trailer for one year. Back when I rodeoed there were very few buckles given as prizes, you got a check and sometimes a trophy. I won three saddles for state champion of California.”

Dammy’s life based around horses has been featured in a book by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk, Women in Sports: Rodeo. Dammyand her daughter, Trudy, who competed in barrels, ribbon roping and goat tying in the California Junior Rodeo Association, were featured in the book.

Dammy keeps rodeoing because it’s fun. “To bring a horse along and see how much you can do with it and what you can do with it.” Also for friendship. “I go to Mile Hi Barrel Horse Association and there are some girls there that I went to the Finals with. I’m watching their kids grow up. I get to do the fun things,” Dammy said. “I go where I want, when 1 want.”

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