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Philip's Rance Johnson brings home three Little Britches national rodeo titles

Rance Johnson, 13, Philip, recently won the 2011 Little Britches Rodeo junior boys' national championship and the Little Britches junior boys' world championship titles in Pueblo, Colo., Monday through Saturday, July 25-30.

Johnson also won the Little Britches junior boys' national championship in goat tying (28.060 seconds).

Many South Dakota contestants made up the nearly 600 competitors in the National Little Britches Rodeo Finals.

Johnson brought home three saddles, one each for the national and world all-around championships and one for the goat tying championship. He also brought home 12 buckles, a $2,000 college scholarship and numerous other prizes and awards.

Johnson is the son of Randy and Marsha Johnson, Philip, and grandson of Ione Wolf, New Underwood. He has been competing in the Little Britches rodeos, along with his brother, Reed, since he has been old enough to participate. He competes in break-away roping, team roping, flag race, goat tying, ribbon roping and this season he was able to compete in bull riding.

Competition for the 2012 Little Britches rodeo season begins later this month and Johnson plans to continue his rodeo career.