Driggers and Nogueira Roll Through July
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.”