Kaleb Driggers and Wesley Thorp made a 4.3-second run in Waco, Texas at the Heart of Texas Fair & Rodeo Oct. 13, 2020, kicking off their new partnership for the 2021 rodeo season.
Driggers, 31, finished 24th in the PRCA world standings in 2020 with $34,640 won, missing his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo since 2015. Thorp, 25, is heading into the 2020 NFR tenth in the world with $52,682, heeling for two-time World Champion Chad Masters.
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Their 4.3-second run in Waco puts them fourth with three days left in the rodeo. (Tyler Wade and Billie Jack Saebens lead with a 3.7-second run.)
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"Petska did a lot for me this year," Driggers said. "He didn't have a great chance to make it and he still went to help me, even though I'd already told him I was doing something different next year—which is a pretty special deal."
Driggers and Thorp both live in Stephenville, and both are jackpot regulars—so they figure the pairing makes sense.
"Our styles should fit," Thorp said. "Obviously he's always been one of the best headers out there, arguably the best as good as he is at jack potting and rodeoing. He always has good horses, too."
Driggers, always on the hunt for the next great one, plans to have his 2020 US Finals-winning 2006 gelding Shake It Colonel in the trailer in 2021, while Thorp will have his black, 11-year-old gelding Little Hickory Boon and his brown, 15-year-old world champion mount Million Dollar Lexus in the rig. TRJ