Leaderboard: Team Roping’s 2022 World Champions, 2023 American Champions

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One of the most consistent teams in the sport, Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira, brought some of the best roping to Globe Life Field at The American Rodeo after an exceptional 2022 season and great success so far in the 2023 season!

American Rodeo Win

Driggers and Nogueira are no strangers to winning big, and it doesn’t look like that will change. To advance to the final round at the American, the 2022 world champions made a businessman’s 5.45-second run before dominating in the short round with a 3.61-second run to earn Driggers his fourth American title and Nogueira his second.

“This guy is for sure the best in the world, and I’m fortunate to go behind him,” Nogueira said about his partner in their post-American interview. “Even when we don’t do great, we just keep trusting each other.”

2023 Season

So far in the 2023 season, the team has been in the money in most rounds at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo and the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo; and they took home second at the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo. Almost immediately following the American, the team made a 4.9-second run to be third on their first steer. As of March 23, Driggers sits seventh in the world standings, and Nogueira sits eighth.

Driggers has qualified for the Wrangler NFR 10 times since becoming a professional rodeo cowboy in 2008 and is a two-time world champion. Nogueira, the Brazilian cowboy, has nine NFR qualifications and three world titles since joining the PRCA in 2014.

About the Author

Hannah Crandall

Hannah Crandall, Originally from Earth, Texas, a small town in the Texas panhandle, I was raised around rodeo, agriculture, and the western lifestyle. With a degree from Texas A&M University, I have found a passion for promoting the lifestyle that made me who I am today. I am an experienced writer, marketer, and event professional with a strong desire to share the stories of those in our industry. When I’m not busy seeking out ways to promote the western way of life, I enjoy following those I care about around to rodeos, hunting, and going on runs with my blue-eyed, blue-merle Australian Shepherd.

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