Drig­gers and Nogueira Roll Through July

Spin to Win Rodeo - - At The Barrier -

Kaleb Drig­gers and Ju­nior Nogueira are on a mis­sion. The third week of July, which nearly sur­passes the Fourth-of-July run in ProRodeo money avail­able for team rop­ers, was one of their best weeks of the sea­son when they roped nine out of nine steers clean, worth $20,754 a man. Their big­gest sin­gle win of the week came at the Snake River Stam­pede in Nampa, Idaho, worth $7,101 for the av­er­age win and two go-round checks.

“We drew pretty good on the first one to get the ball rolling,” Drig­gers said. “We had a re­run and we knew what he was. I knew he had a lit­tle head trick so I didn’t just go at him full bore. Our sec­ond one, they were 8 on him the first time, and we made a pretty good run and were 5.8. We came back in the short round, and there were only four or five clean runs be­fore we roped. We had to be 6.2 and were 5.9, we were sec­ond call­back, and high call lost his rope.”

This sum­mer Drig­gers has counted on a 9-year-old JB Quar­ter Horses bay geld­ing he bought from

Clay Long he calls

Potluck, while Nogueira stayed aboard his famed 10-year-old brown geld­ing Green Card for most of their runs.

In Canada, Drig­gers hopped on his old mount Yahtzee, now owned by Dustin Bird, to win sixth at the K-Days Rodeo in Ed­mon­ton, Al­berta, worth $4,714 a man, while Nogueira rode Cole Dav­i­son’s geld­ing, Apollo, for that pay­day.

“We had a great week,” Nogueira said. “And we al­most made it back to Salt Lake. We just made nine clean runs. No bar­ri­ers, two feet. We just made the same run.”

“We just made nine clean runs. No bar­ri­ers, two feet. We just made the same run.”

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