Ted Johnson is from Hope, ND. He and his wife Betty have two grown girls: Teddi Jo Paulson (husband Lawrie) and Tonya Nelson (husband Kip). He has four grandchildren: Jordan and Jessie Paulson and Cecilia and Easton Nelson. Ted and Betty lost a son, Troy, in a farm accident in 1980. Ted started with a pony when he was 3 years old and has been hooked ever since. Don Williams and Wayne Kyser were instrumental in getting Ted involved with the Appaloosa breed. Ted was also involved in 4-H as a kid. He and Betty were 4-H leaders while their girls were involved. Ted and the girls showed in the Red River Valley International Appaloosa Horse Club and the North Dakota Horse Club. Ted and Betty hauled the girls to shows for twelve years. The last several years of their horse showing career, Ernie Wigen, of Finley, ND, joined the family at the shows.
Ted is on the Board of Directors for The Great Midwest International Horse Club. Ernie kept his horses at Ted's farm for ten years. One winter they had 27 horses together, including a team black Percherons. They gave many hay rides and sleigh rides to family and friends. Ted and family have made many a trip to Medora with their horses and enjoyed camping and riding in the Badlands with friends. Ted said, "This is about like going to Heaven."
Ted has many good memories of being at horse shows all over the Midwest. He certainly has met many, many good people by being involved in horses. Ted is still hoping for a trip to Medora yet this fall with his horse, Multiple Earnings, (Bud).