Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira Look to Cap Off Record-Setting Season with Gold Buckle

Meet the NFR Athletes is Presented by Montana Silversmiths

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Dan Hubbell

It was a record-breaking season for team ropers Junior Nogueira and Kaleb Driggers.

Both cowboys broke the regular season earnings record with around two months left to go in the season and are now looking to end the storybook season with another Gold Buckle together.

Overall, the team brought in $227,878 apiece.


Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, $24,760

Driggers and Nogueira were crowned champions at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo after a 4.2-second run in the Finals. The pair also took Round 2 with a 4.0-second run and placed second in their fourth performance. In total they would win nearly $25,000.

RodeoHouston, $14,250

It was a strong showing in Houston for the team ropers as they would place in five of six rounds, including two round wins.


Oakley Independence Day Rodeo, 3.6 seconds

In their fastest run of the season, Driggers and Nogueira took the Oakley Independence Day Rodeo with a 3.6-second run and earned over $3,000. The win came as part of a Cowboy Christmas in which the team earned a record-setting $35,000 for the Fourth of July run.

In that stretch, they also won the St. Paul Rodeo and placed second at the Black Hills Roundup and the Cody Stampede.

San Angelo Rodeo, 3.8 Seconds

The pair finished third in Round 2 of San Angelo and banked nearly $4,000. A no time in the Second Round kept them out of the Finals.


San Angelo Cinch Chute-Out, 8.8 Seconds on Two

Driggers and Nogueira dominated at the Cinch Chute-Out, going 8.8 seconds on two head and winning both rounds and the average. The pair won the Average by nearly three full seconds.

Frontier Days Rodeo, 9.3 Seconds on Two

Driggers and Nogueira split the title in Walla Walla with Erich Rogers and Paden Bray who were also 9.3 seconds on two head. The teams both took home checks of nearly $3,000 after the performance.