Kaleb Driggers – Hoboken, Ga. ($118,455)
8-time WNFR qualifier
It would have been hard to imagine the career that was ahead of Kaleb Driggers when he first started roping as a four-year-old.
Twenty-five years later, Kaleb is headed to his eighth Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. He has won over $1.5 million in the PRCA alone, many major rodeo titles, and been the reserve world champion four times.
Three of those have been with his current partner, Junior Nogueira, and they have been the last three years. Kaleb enters the 2019 NFR in second place with $118,455.
Kaleb joined the PRCA in 2009 and fellow Georgian Brad Culpepper took him under his wing, showing him how to rodeo and giving Kaleb the kind of education that money can’t buy. They competed in Las Vegas together in 2011.
He has also roped in the Thomas and Mack with Travis Graves, Jade Corkill and Patrick Smith. When he and Junior started roping together in 2016, they formed a partnership that will last a lifetime even if they don’t rope together.
Kaleb has said that the good Lord knew what he was doing when he put the country boy from Georgia together with the Brazilian roping sensation. The two have become as close as brothers and no matter what happens in the arena, they never get mad at each other. They also rely on their faith, friends and families.
On October 11th Junior helped celebrate Kaleb’s marriage to Nicole Riggle along with a slew of other team ropers. Two weeks later, Kaleb and Kollin VonAhn turned producers and put on The Capitalist Roping in Chickasha, Oklahoma.
Now he is busy getting ready to rope on rodeo’s biggest stage. He will celebrate his 30th birthday less than a week after the conclusion of the NFR. His family, friends and fans are all hoping he gets to celebrate with that elusive gold buckle.