ProRodeo Tour, Finale offer lucrative opportunities for NFR push

ProRodeo lucrative opportunities for NFR push

The ProRodeo Tour is a lucrative venture for ProRodeo cowboys.

And cowboys like six-time PRCA World Champion Bull Rider Sage Kimzey and 2014 Tie-down Roping World Champion Tyson Durfey are well aware of that.

The combined amount of money to be paid out at this weekend’s Tour stops in Reno, Nev., Springdale, Ark., and Pecos, Texas, is expected to exceed $1 million, with the combined committee purses alone hitting $700,000. By the time the ProRodeo Tour Finale concludes in Salinas, Calif., Sept. 26, the Tour will have paid out approximately $11 million.

Some of the biggest ProRodeo Tour stops on the schedule ahead include the Calgary Stampede (July 9-18), Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days (July 24-Aug. 1) and the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up (Sept. 15-18). The ProRodeo Tour Finale is slated to take place at California Rodeo Salinas, Sept. 23-26, the final weekend of the 2021 regular season.

Cowboy Christmas follows on the heels of the big weekend. Over Cowboy Christmas (June 28-July 5), cowboys will make their way through six more Tour stops – the Greeley (Colo.) Stampede, the World’s Oldest Rodeo in Prescott, Ariz., the Cody (Wyo.) Stampede, the Livingston (Mont.) Roundup, the St. Paul (Ore.) Rodeo and the Oakley Independence Day Rodeo in Oakley City, Utah.

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Kimzey, who won six consecutive PRCA world titles from 2014-19, understands the importance of the Tour. He finished fifth in the PRCA | RAM World Standings last year and is leading the standings now with $104,202. He’s second in the ProRodeo Tour standings behind Stetson Wright, the reigning bull riding and all-around world champion.

“The ProRodeo Tour is huge,” said Kimzey, 26. “The Tour rodeos are the rodeos I want to win. They are the majors of ProRodeo, and it’s one of those deals if a guy doesn’t do well at Tour rodeos, their season is pretty incomplete. I have always put the big rodeos that are Tour rodeos at the top of my list.”

Durfey knows how big a boost the ProRodeo Tour and Tour Finale can be. Last season, he won the Tour Finale in Rapid City, S.D., Sept. 26, to earn $8,740. That secured his 14th NFR qualification in the No. 12 position.

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“Right now, the ProRodeo Tour is probably more important than ever,” said Durfey, who is outside the top 50 in the world standings. “It puts an even-bigger emphasis of doing well at rodeos like Reno and Cheyenne or Salinas to get that huge bump because it takes a huge bump like that to make the NFR. I really think the way to the Finals is through the big rodeos, and it is great to get to the Tour Finale because of the timing of that rodeo late in the (regular season).”

The Top 24 competitors in each event in the ProRodeo Tour Standings advance to the Tour Finale and will compete for their share of prize money at the high-dollar rodeo. The Tour Finale at California Rodeo Salinas will crown the ProRodeo Tour champions.

The Finale’s significant payout, which will be a record amount, will come on the season’s final weekend and will play a pivotal role in determining the Top 15 in the world standings to catapult athletes into the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

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First-time dad’s excited for Father’s Day

First-time dad's excited for Father's Day

Bareback rider Tilden Hooper is leading the PRCA | RAM World Standings and searching for his first world title.

Dakota Eldridge is a six-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier and trying to make a seventh trip to the Finals, sitting 10th in the world standings as of June 15. He too is looking for his first gold buckle.

But both cowboys are experiencing a different kind of first on Sunday, June 19, a first Father’s Day as a dad.

Hooper and his wife, Melissa, will be celebrating with their son, Tell McLain, who was born in January.

“I don’t feel pressure to provide as much as I feel pressure to be a good father and husband,” Hooper told ProRodeo Sports News recently.

Eldridge and his wife, Quincy, will be getting ready to celebrate their daughter’s first birthday as the 2021 regular season winds up its final month. Sally Lou will be 1 in September, and Eldridge is finding it harder to leave his little girl.

“Everybody tells you how babies will soften you up and it gets harder to leave,” he said in an interview with PSN. “It wasn’t that big of a deal at first, but now she has a personality and is almost walking. She knows who you are now, so it is tough to take off.”

To read more about Hooper and Eldridge and Father’s Day, check out the June 11, 2021, edition of ProRodeo Sports News.

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Cowboys ready for Reno Rodeo return

Cowboys Reno Rodeo Return

The Reno Rodeo is back and better than ever in 2021. Last year’s even was canceled due to the coronavirus but the Reno Livestock Event Center is ready to welcome back cowboys in full force this week.

The 10-day event begins June 17 with the Division 1 Xtreme Bulls event, with $54,000 added money. The Reno Rodeo Xtreme Bulls and the Reno Rodeo, which runs from June 18-26, will be broadcast live on The Cowboy Channel, and streamed on the PRCA on the Cowboy Channel Plus App at 10 p.m. (EDT).

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Sage Kimzey, the 2019 Reno Xtreme Bulls and Reno Rodeo champ, is back to defend his titles.

“It’s always a great event and it kind of starts our whole summer run off,” said Kimzey, who will be up at the Reno Rodeo June 21. “So, everybody is always looking forward to Reno. If you can do good at Reno it sets you up, it fuels you to have a successful summer. “

Kimzey, a six-time world champion (2014-2019) currently sits atop the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $91,189.

“Reno always has good crowds, and they bring the energy from the very beginning of each performance,” Kimzey said. “So, we’re definitely excited for that.”

Kimzey won’t be the only former champ returning to the Silver State this week.

Bareback rider Clayton Biglow, who won Reno in 2016 and the world title in 2019, is thrilled to be back in Reno, which is three hours from his home in Clements, Calif.

“Reno has a special place in my heart, I grew up just right over the hill from Reno, I’ve been going there since I was a kid,” he said. “It’s not a hometown rodeo, but it sure does feel like one. I have a ton of friends and family who show up.”

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Biglow sits third in the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $52,507, coming off a second-place finish at Riggin Rally Xtreme Broncs bareback riding event in Darby, Mont., June 6.

“I feel great coming into this week, I have a couple of good ones drawn there, so I’m definitely looking forward to it,” Biglow said.

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WEEKLY RECAP: WALT ARNOLD CLIMBS STEER WRESTLING LEADERBOARD WITH 3.3 RUN

WALT ARNOLD CLIMBS STEER

Twenty-two-year-old, Coleman, Texas, cowboy Walt Arnold found himself in a groove over the weekend at the Gladewater (Texas) Round-Up Rodeo.
 
He clocked a 3.3-second run to earn the steer wrestling title, which also moved him into a tie for second for the fastest steer wrestling time in 2021. Denell Henderson also posted a 3.3 over the week, doing it at the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse Frontier Days and PRCA Rodeo June 8.
 
“I tell you what, I was pretty pumped after it, “Arnold said. “It looked like it could be pretty fast, I caught up to him in a really good spot to get the job done.”

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He took home $2,591 for the win, bumping him up to 32nd in the PRCA | RAM World Standings. The win moves his yearly total to $10,857. He hopes this run can jumpstart his season as he works towards qualifying for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. 
 
“I’ve started riding Hunter Cure’s horses a little bit here before we leave for the summer, and it’s kind of nice to have a run like that,”Arnold said. “It definitely built my confidence and kind of got me fired up a little bit. We’re about to have a heck of a couple weeks, so it’s nice to get the ball rolling before we head out.”
 
He still has some work to do though to reach that Top 15. Riley Duvall is sitting in 15th with $17,619.
 
Below, are the other top times and rides for the week.
 

  • Seth Hardwick posted the highest bareback ride of the week, recording a 90-point ride on Macza Pro Rodeo’s Ols Tubs Stevie Knicks in Weatherford, Texas, June 11.

 

  • The team roping duo of Cash Duty and Boogie Ray wrapped up the Johnson County Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo in Cleburne, Texas, with a run of 3.9 June 9. But not to be outdone, Britt and Jake Smith recorded the exact time later that day.

 

  • Shorty Garrett put together another impressive performance last week. He won the Fallon County Xtreme Broncs in Baker, Mont., with a 90.5-point ride on Outlawbuckers Rodeo’s Magic Carpet June 10.

 

  • Shad Mayfield had the top tie-down roping time on the week, finishing with a time of 7.5 seconds  in Gladewater June 11.

 

  • Carlee Otero posted the best barrel racing time of the week, finishing with a time of 14.88 seconds to claim the Johnson County Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo title on June 10.

 

  • Martha Angelone continues to shine in the lady’s breakaway roping. Last week, she had a 1.9-second run to win the Cleburne Breakaway Roping.

 

  • J.B. Mauney scored a 90.5-point ride on United Pro Rodeo’s The Duke at the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse Frontier Days Xtreme Bulls event June 8. That was tied for the top score of the week when Sage Kimzey posted a 90.5-point ride a day later at the Gladewater Round-Up Xtreme Bulls.

 

  • Garrett Hale showed why he’s one of the top steer ropers in the world last week. The Texas native posted a time of 8.9 to win the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse Frontier Days and PRCA Rodeo on June 10.

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World Champion Bull Rider Shane Proctor sidelined with injury

World Champion Bull Rider Shane

Shane Proctor’s charge to his sixth Wrangler National Finals Rodeo bid is on hold.

Proctor, the 2011 PRCA world champion bull rider, is sidelined after suffering a broken right fibula and damage to his right ankle after his 85.5-point ride on Andrews Rodeo’s Rapid Fire at the 101 Wild West Rodeo in Ponca City, Okla., June 11.

“I got off and then my right foot stuck in the ground, and my body kind of twisted with the momentum of the bull and it brought my body over the top of my leg” said Proctor, 36. “It was just a freak deal. (Injuries) are part of the game. This isn’t checkers.”

Proctor said he’s scheduled for surgery June 15 in Dallas.

“I’m hoping to only be out for six weeks,” Proctor said. “This is going to be my sixth surgery, but this is the first time I’ve ever broken my leg. I will have an outside shot to get to the NFR no matter what.”

Proctor, who qualified for the NFR in 2011-13 and 2015-16, is 19th in the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $24,763.

“I had a bad last month, but I had it figured back out and rode four of my last five bulls,” Proctor said. “I love what I do.”

Proctor did find a silver lining in his setback.

“I will get to spend more time with my family (wife, Haley, who is a PRCA specialty act performer, and daughter, Coulee, 6 months),” Proctor said. “Haley stays busy, and I get to be a part of it all.”

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Ageless wonder Will Lowe wins bareback riding in Woodward

Ageless wonder Will Lowe bareback riding

Not many professional athletes can say they stayed at the top of their game for two decades. Bodies wear out and younger talent comes along to displace champions.

But Will Lowe has managed this rare feat in ProRodeo of all sports, thanks to his passion for riding bucking horses and living life to the fullest.

“It’s a challenge . . . you’ve got to test yourself,” Lowe said. “You might as well live while you’re here. Sometimes it gets hard to want to get into the fight, but I’m infected, I love doing it.”

The three-time PRCA world champion bareback rider (2003, 2005-06) continues to prove he’s one of the all-time greats by winning ProRodeos like the Woodward (Okla.) Elks Rodeo on June 12.

Lowe’s 87.5-point ride aboard Beutler & Sons Rodeo’s Table Top was three points better than his nearest competition and earned him $2,735.

It was the biggest of a string of checks on the second weekend of June for the Texas cowboy who has been to 15 Wrangler National Finals Rodeos, most recently in 2018.

“It went good, we started there at Woodward and got on a good, young horse of Beutler’s,” Lowe said. “That horse is five years old but with so many rodeos canceled last year, those young ones didn’t get to go to many rodeos.”

“He was snappy and really electric.”

Lowe picked up a check in Cleburne as well and is closing in on the top 15 and another possible NFR at 38.

“Dang sure want to get to the NFR, that’s in the sights,” Lowe said. “We’re sitting good heading into the summer.”

Lowe’s career earnings are pushing $3 million, a remarkable feat for anyone but particularly for someone whose specialty is the physically demanding event of bareback riding.

The danger of the sport was highlighted for Lowe in a spectacular buck-off back in April on another Beutler horse, the renowned Killer Bee, in San Angelo where he was kicked in mid-air but amazingly returned to the bucking chutes to watch the rest of the rodeo.

“You always know something can happen, it’s a dangerous sport,” Lowe said. “I’ve been fortunate. Some guys have had a lot worse things happen to them and have had to give it up. I’ve gotten to keep going.

“You just push it out of your mind. For me, knowing the good Lord takes care of me and even if something goes really bad, knowing you’re going to the right place, that’s how you do it.”

Since his rookie season in 2002, Lowe has witnessed the explosion of talent in his signature event.

“We don’t have a lot of numbers, but the quality is outstanding,” he said.

The growth of prize money available to rodeo athletes also is something Lowe appreciates.

“The committees have stepped up and the money they’re offering makes a big difference in cowboys’ lives,” Lowe said.

Lowe will push for another NFR this summer, with his sons Garret (12) and Levi (9) in tow over the busy Fourth of July.

“I’m entering the ones I want to go to,” he joked.

“I’ll have my boys, so we’ll camp and fish and rodeo. It’ll be a fun time.”

Other winners at the rodeo were steer wrestler Dakota Eldridge (3.4 seconds); team ropers Dustin Egusquiza/Travis Graves (4.7 seconds); saddle bronc rider Kirk Thomson (86 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s No Show Jones); tie-down roper Shane Hanchey (8.4 seconds); barrel racer (Kylee Scribner 17.01 seconds); steer roper Corey Ross (43.6 seconds on three head) and bull rider (Maverick Potter 86.5 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Fake Friend).

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PRCA Weekly Recap: Colter Todd teams with Derrick Begay for 4.0-second run

PRCA Weekly Recap Colter Todd teams

Colter Todd competes at only a handful of rodeos a year.

The three-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier made the most of his first rodeo of the season, combining with team roping header Derrick Begay to clock a 4.0-second run at the Gary Hardt Memorial Rodeo in Payson, Ariz., for the fastest team roping time of the week of May 18-24.

Colter qualified for three consecutive NFRs (2006-08) as a header. Now, the 37-year-old from Willcox, Ariz., heels.

He and Begay won the rodeo, each earning $1,458.

While the rodeo was Colter’s first of 2021, it kept Begay in the hunt to make the Wrangler NFR in Vegas this season. The eight-time NFR qualifier from Seba Dalkai, Ariz., is 21st in the PRCA | RAM World Standings as of May 24.

The other top runs and times are listed below.

· Ty Pope had the top bareback ride, posting an 85-point ride on New Frontier Rodeo’s Skip To My Lou at Abbyville (Kan.) Frontier Days May 22.

· Jacoby Talley’s steer wrestling run of 3.6 seconds at Rodeo Killeen (Texas) May 20 topped the chart.

· Stetson Wright posted the highest-scored ride of the 2021 season when he notched a 91.5-point ride aboard Big Bend Rodeo’s Kool Toddy in the final round to win the Veater Financial Group Battle of the Best in Coarsegold, Calif., May 22.

· John Douch had the fastest tie-down roping run of the week when he clocked an 8.0-second run May 20 in Killeen.

· Maddy Deerman stopped the clock in 2.2 seconds to post the fastest breakaway roping run in Payson May 21.

· Ashley Watkins had the fastest barrel racing time, finishing in 14.77 seconds at the Tate County Fair Rodeo in Senatobia, Miss., May 21.

· Trevor Kastner won the first round of the 43rd annual George Paul Memorial Xtreme Bull Riding in Del Rio, Texas, posting a 90.5-point ride aboard Stockyards Pro Rodeo’s Soy El Fuego May 22.

· Slade Wood had the fastest steer roping time, clocking in at 11.4 seconds May 22 at the Atoka (Okla.) Pro Rodeo.

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Cowboys determined to compete at ProRodeo Tour events

Cowboys ProRodeo Tour events

The end of the ProRodeo regular season is nearly five months into the future, yet bull rider Laramie Mosley and rookie steer wrestler Marc Joiner have that in their sights.

They both know the ProRodeo Tour Finale in Salinas, Calif., Sept. 23-26 could be a make-or-break weekend in determining qualifiers for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

The Tour Finale will pay out more than $500,000 and will include the top 24 contestants in each event in the Tour Standings.

Both Mosley and Joiner are currently in the top 10 of their respective events in the PRCA | RAM World Standings and both are among the top 24 in the Tour Standings.

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“It’d mean a lot (to make the Tour Finale),” said Mosley, 25. “There’s a bunch of big money added at the Tour Finale. I’ve never gotten to go, and I really want to.”

Mosley is coming off winning the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo over the weekend, where he earned $4,504 and 750 Tour points. That helped him climb to fifth in the world standings and third in the Tour.

Mosley is rolling with the season. He says he doesn’t search out the world standings, but that’s because he doesn’t need to.

“I’ve always been told not to (look), but I do,” he said. “I don’t let everybody know that I do, but I look at the standings. And people send it to me.”

RELATED: PRCA | RAM World Standings

Joiner is traveling with about as much experience as one truck can hold. When he climbs into the rig, he’s surrounded by three steer wrestlers who have a combined 15 NFR qualifications and three world titles. He’s traveling with Tyler Waguespack, Kyle Irwin and Tyler Pearson and gains knowledge on a daily basis.

“There’s so much – from taking care of horses to bulldogging to how to enter, just life,” he said. “It’s everything. They’re a great group of guys.”

That experience, plus riding Cheese, Waguespack’s horse, and Joiner’s talent are paying off. The 22-year-old is 23rd in the Tour – just inside the cutoff for the Tour Finale – with 774.66 points and is eighth in the world with $22,430.

Making sure Tour rodeos are on his schedule is among Joiner’s main goals. He earned more than $11,000 at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo, picking up 525 Tour points there.

“They pay more, they add a lot of money,” he said about Tour rodeos. “It’s hard not to go to them. Everyone wants to make those finals at the end of the year, it can be a great deal for us.”

Mosley, like Joiner, isn’t planning on slowing down.

“I planned on going full time,” Mosley said. “I still plan on going as hard as I can and getting to everything I can. I’ve seen it too many times, guys think they have it made and back off and don’t make it. If I can keep entering, keep going and staying on, it’ll get me a gold buckle by the end of it.”

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For the Record: Bull rider Tyler Smith recalls 93 in Guymon

Bull rider Tyler Smith

The Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo is steeped in history and memorable performances.

Bull rider Tyler Smith had one of those performances.

The Fruita, Colo., cowboy had a 93-point ride on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Rio Bravo to capture the win and the rodeo record in 2013.

“That was one of the highest-scored rides of my career,” Smith said. “I just remember he jumped out there and turned back into my hand right by the gate and he was going 100 mph. It was just kind of a blur. Anytime you’re 90 you’re happy because you know you’re going to win something.”

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Smith, who retired following the 2016 National Finals Rodeo, won Guymon twice (2010 and 2013).

“I knew when I got on that last bull in 2016 that was it for me,” said Smith, 34. “I knew before I got on that bull, I was tired of being gone and it was time for me to do something else.”

Smith transitioned from rodeo into being a welder.

“I’m building fences and barns,” Smith said. “I also raise some bucking bulls and roping horses. My wife (Kirsten) and I like to rope and ride horses, so we do that.”

Cowboys will try to add their names to the Guymon record book this weekend. The ProRodeo Tour stop runs April 30 through May 2 and will be broadcast live on The Cowboy Channel and streamed on the PRCA on Cowboy Channel Plus App.

Guymon Rodeo records

• Total payout: $376,535, 2007
• All-around: $14,107, Cody Ohl, 2003
• Bareback riding: 90 points, Matt Mosher, 2005 (172 points on two head, Jason Havens, 2004)
• Steer wrestling: 2.9 seconds, Jason Miller, 2008 (10.9/3, Luke Branquinho, 2008; 16.3/4, Kirby Kaul, 2001)
• Team roping: 4.2 seconds, Nick Sartain/Blaine Vick, 2020, (20.0/3, Coleman Proctor/Jake Long, 2015; 35.5/4, Frank Graves/Monty Joe Petska, 2001)
• Saddle bronc riding: 91 points, Glen O’Neill, 2005 (172/2, O’Neill, 2005)
• Tie-down roping: 6.8 seconds, Tuf Cooper, 2017 (23.6/3, Hunter Herrin, 2012; 33.4/4, Fred Whitfield, 2006)
• Barrel racing: 15.83 seconds, Cassie Moseley, 2007 (33.32/2, Tammy Key-Fischer, 2008; 49.76/3, Moseley, 2007)
• Steer roping: 8.6 seconds, Dan Fisher, 1990 (Brian Garr, 41.0 seconds on three head, 2017; 63.1/5, Landon McClaugherty, 2009; 77.4/6, Guy Allen, 2000)
• Bull riding: 93 points, Tyler Smith, 2013 (179/2, Wesley Silcox, 2007)

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Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira eye success in Guymon

Kaleb Driggers Junior Nogueira

Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira, who separated in May 2020, have joined forces again.

The Driggers-Nogueira reunion began at RFD-TV’s The American Semi-finals, and they’ve been moving forward since. They will be back in action Wednesday and Thursday in slack at the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo. The ProRodeo Tour stop runs April 30 through May 2 and will be broadcast live on The Cowboy Channel and streamed on the PRCA on Cowboy Channel Plus App.

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“I’m happy to be back with Kaleb, and we are working hard to get everything back together,” Nogueira said. “We know the competition is so tough. Everybody ropes great, and I know if I do my job and focus on what I’m doing, we will be OK.”

Nogueira is fourth in the heeling PRCA | RAM World Standings, while Driggers is 14th in heading.

Nogueira received a huge boost in the standings when he teamed with Dustin Egusquiza to earn $21,706 at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, Fla, April 9-10.

“That was my first time at the RAM Finals, and it was an amazing rodeo, and that money I won there helped a lot,” Nogueira said. “Kaleb and I placed third in the average last weekend in Clovis, and we just want to get back in rhythm.”

Nogueira roped with Cody Snow from late May of last season until March this season. They qualified for the 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and finished 12th in their respective heeler and header world standings.

When Nogueira departed, Snow joined Wesley Thorp, whom Driggers had been roping with. In 2019, Snow teamed with Thorp to win the average at the NFR. The duo won Round 7 and placed in six rounds to finish with 43.8 seconds on nine head, and Thorp won the team roping heeling world title.

“Cody and Wesley also wanted to get back together, so everything worked out pretty good for everybody,” Nogueira said.

In 2016, Nogueira became the first Brazilian world champion in PRCA history when he won the all-around title after earning $231,728. He finished second in heeling that season with $230,284.

Driggers and Nogueira tied the team roping world record with a 3.3-second run in Round 9 of the 2017 NFR. They also have won a total of six rounds at the Finals since 2017 – Rounds 1 and 9 in 2017, Round 8 in 2018, and Rounds 8 (split the win), 9 and 10 in 2019.

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