PRCA Team Roping (Headers) World Standings: Kaleb Driggers Takes Big Lead After Texas Tour

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BY BRETT NIERENGARTEN @PRORODEOBRETT

After winning the San Angelo Cinch Chute Out, reigning World Champion Kaleb Driggers now leads No. 2 Clay Tryan by more than $14,000 and No. 3 Lightning Aguilera by more than $36,000.

1. Kaleb Driggers, $79,993

Driggers and his partner Junior Nogueira won the San Angelo Cinch Chute Out on April 16 and also placed in the Top 3 in rounds at the Red Bluff Round-Up (California), Clark County Rodeo (Nevada) and San Angelo this month. Earlier in the year, Driggers/Nogueira wont Fort Worth and finished third in the Finals of Houston and Austin.

2. Clay Tryan, $65,922

The three-time World Champion won most of his money from his winning run with partner Jake Long in Houston as they won $50,000 for their performance in the Finals. Tryan has compete at just seven rodeos this year and all of them but one have been in Texas.

3. Lightning Aguilera, $42,532

Roping with Johnathon Torres, who is not his usual partner, Aguilera won the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo on Feb. 26 and won $21,500 for the event. Back with his usual partner Coleby Payne in San Angelo in April, they won over $17,000, which was more than any other pair at the rodeo despite not winning the Average. Aguilera’s best finish of his career was No. 40 in 2021.

4. Clay Smith, $35,710

Smith makes it three headers in the Top 4 with multiple World Championships and he and partner Jade Corkill are both in the mix once again. Smith/Corkill won $20,000 their second place finish in the Finals of RodeoHouston. The pair also won two rounds in San Antonio back in February, totaling $6,000 at the rodeo.

5. Cody Snow, $34,628

Snow and his partner Wesley Thorp have had a successful run in California since the calendar turned to April. They won the Lakeside Rodeo on April 24 and also won a round in Clovis the same weekend. During the Texas Tour, Snow/Thorp won $4,527 in San Angelo and $4,750 in San Antonio.

6. Cory Kidd, $33,552

Kidd and his partner Lane Mitchell have been on a tear since the calendar turned to April. Kidd entered the month outside the Top 20, but won checks of more than $1,800 in Red Bluff, Clark County and San Angelo, the biggest coming in Red Bluff when they brought in $11,649.

7. Andrew Ward, $33,458

Andrew Ward, who won the NFR Average with Buddy Hawkins in 2021, is roping well again in 2022. Ward/Hawkins just won nearly $13,000 by splitting the win at the Clovis Rodeo and they also placed in rounds in Red Bluff and Clark County. Their best performance of the Texas Tour was in Fort Worth where they made the Finals and won $8,300.

8. Rhen Richard, $31,823

Richard and partner Jeremy Buhler had great performances in Fort Worth and Denver, making the Finals of both rodeos and reaching as high as No. 3 in the PRCA World Standings in the middle of February. Since then, he and Buhler placed in rounds in Clovis and Clark County and won just over $12,000 in Red Bluff, the most of any team.

9. Jr. Dees, $31,623

Dees has been a steady presence in the Top 10 this season as he looks to make his first NFR since 2017, when he was just 19-years-old. Roping with Levi Lord, he was the co-champion of the Clovis Rodeo alongside Ward/Hawkins. Dees/Lord also won more than $11,000 at RodeoHouston and finished second at Rodeo Rapid City.

10. Jake Orman, $29,543

Orman and partner won Brye Crites won big with a second place finish in the Finals and over $18,000 overall in Fort Worth. However, he has won just three checks since Feb. 5.

11. Dustin Egusquiza, $28,357

Egusquiza and his partner Travis Graves had a stretch at the end of March into April in which they won four checks on five runs with three of those checks exceeding $6,000. Their most lucrative Texas Tour event was San Antonio, where they banked $7,250.

12. Coleman Proctor, $28,095

Proctor’s best performance of the year also came in San Antonio. He and Logan Medlin won three rounds at the rodeo and $16,000 total. Proctor/Medlin also won the Long Round at Rodeo Austin and finished second in the San Angelo Cinch Chute Out. Proctor has competed in just nine rodeos in 2022.

13. Reno Stoebner, $27,212

After coming up empty at six straight rodeos, Stoebner and partner () won back-to-back rounds in Clovis and brought in nearly $5,000. The pair made their mark on the Texas Tour by winning San Antonio with 4.2 second run in the Finals. In San Antonio, three of their five runs were 4.4 seconds or faster. Stoebner has already won seven Go-Rounds this year after entering the season with a career-high of four.

14. Chad Masters, $26,859

Masters won about half of his money for the year in San Antonio, where he and Cory Petska placed fourth in the Finals. Masters is a two-time World Champion seeking his 15th NFR appearance.

15. Tyler Wade, $23,290

With partner Trey Yates, Wade won Odessa back in January with two straight 4.1 second runs. They also had profitable run in Houston by bringing in more than $8,000.

16. Riley Minor, $22,867

After being injured in Pendleton last year, Minor returned to roping with his brother Brady and has not missed a beat. The pair won more than $3,500 in Houston and San Antonio and also had success at the Silver Spur Rodeo (Arizona) and La Fiesta De Los Vaqueros in February.

17. Garrett Rogers, $22,789

Garrett Rogers closed March by finishing third in the Semifinals of Rodeo Austin and second at the High Desert Stampede (Oregon) in the same weekend, which won him over $6,500. Rogers and his partner Justin Davis also made over $5,000 in Fort Worth and made the Finals there.

18. Jeff Flenniken, $22,073

Flenniken won the High Desert Stampede at the end of March and also made the Finals of La Fiesta De Los Vaqueros at the end of February. He and partner Jake Minor’s best finish of the Texas Tour came when they placed in two rounds in Fort Worth.

19. Joshua Torres, $21,062

Torres has roped with his brother Jonathon everywhere except San Antonio this year. The pair has been on a nice little run lately as they’ve placed in their last three rounds, which included a win at the Henderson County First Responders Rodeo (Texas) on April 23.

20. Braxton Culpepper, $21,040

Culpepper has made most of his money criss-crossing the nation’s smaller rodeos as a 20-year-old rookie. His biggest check so far came from a second place finish at the Arcadia All-Florida Championship on March 13 when he and partner Brad Culpepper were 5 seconds flat to win $2,707 and split second.

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