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Team Roping’s Top 5 Money Earners Over Cowboy Christmas 2024
Top money earners over Cowboy Christmas 2024.
Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira at the 2024 St. Paul Rodeo. | Roseanna Sales photo

The curtain has closed on Cowboy Christmas and the numbers are in on team roping’s top money earners over Cowboy Christmas 2024. Based on money won, here’s a look at the top five teams who put together the richest Fourth-of-July runs this year, per our calculations so far as official results roll in.

NOTE: Our Cowboy Christmas earnings start with Dickinson, North Dakota/Ponoka/Greeley and run through Prescott.


1. Kaleb Driggers & Junior Nogueira: $47,275 a man

Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira have yet again put together the richest Cowboy Christmas in team roping history, a record they also broke in 2022. Driggers and Nogueira raked in $47,275 a man, starting with the Ponoka Stampede. Here’s where they cashed in over the Fourth run:

  • Ponoka Stampede, Second place in Round 2, 5.4 seconds: $4,014 a man
  • Ponoka Stampede, Tie for third, fourth and fifth in the Finals, 7.5 second: $500 a man
  • Ponoka Stampede, First place in Showdown Round, 5.5 seconds: $7,500 a man
  • Ponoka Stampede, Third place in average, 19.3 seconds on three head: $5,117 a man
  • Greeley Stampede, First place in Round 2, 3.6 seconds: $4,206 a man
  • Home of Champions Rodeo (Red Lodge, Montana), Second place, 4.0 seconds: $4,230 a man
  • Basin City Freedom Rodeo (Basin City, Washington), Second place, 4.1 seconds: $4,442 a man
  • Eugene Pro Rodeo (Eugene, Oregon), Fifth place, 4.4 seconds: $1,995 a man
  • St. Paul Rodeo, First place in Round 1, 4.8 seconds: $4,469 a man
  • St. Paul Rodeo, Eighth place in Round 2, 5.4 seconds: $194 a man
  • St. Paul Rodeo, Second place in Average, 10.2 seconds on two head: $5,829 a man
  • World’s Oldest Rodeo (Prescott, Arizona), Fourth in Round 1, 6.0 seconds: $1,918 a man
  • World’s Oldest Rodeo (Prescott, Arizona), Fourth in Average, 14.1 seconds on two head: $2,876 a man

2. Cyle Denison & Tanner Braden: $21,037

Cyle Denison and Tanner Braden first cracked out as a 2024 team back in May, and they’ve hit a groove, coming in at No. 2 over Cowboy Christmas. Denison and Braden pocketed $21,037 a man over Cowboy Christmas, winning the Home of Champions Rodeo in Red Lodge, Montana, and picking up round wins at the Greeley Stampede and World’s Oldest Rodeo (Prescott).

  • Greeley Stampede, First place in Round 1, 4.6 seconds: $4,206 a man
  • Livingston Roundup Rodeo (Livingston, Montana), Tie for second and third, 4.0 seconds: $4,400 a man
  • World’s Oldest Rodeo (Prescott, Arizona), First in Round 2, 5.0 seconds: $3,150 a man
  • Home of Champions Rodeo (Red Lodge, Montana), First place, 3.5 seconds: $4,794 a man
  • St. Paul Rodeo, Third in Round 1, 5.1 seconds: $3,303 a man
  • 89th Annual Independence Day Rodeo (Oakley City, Utah), 13th, 5.0 seconds: $1,184 a man

3. Nelson Wyatt & Jonathan Torres: $20,865

Nelson Wyatt and Jonathan Torres kicked off their summer cashing in over the Fourth with $20,865 a man. The payday comes with a much needed boost in the world standings for Wyatt, bumping him from 18th in the world to No. 13th.

  • Cody Stampede (Cody, Wyoming), Fifth place, 4.5 seconds: $4,609 a man
  • Livingston Roundup Rodeo (Livingston, Montana), Seventh place, 4.4 seconds: $2,678 a man
  • World’s Oldest Rodeo (Prescott, Arizona), Tie for third and fourth in Round 2, 5.9 seconds: $2,123 a man
  • World’s Oldest Rodeo (Prescott, Arizona), Sixth place in the average, 14.6 seconds on two head: $1,644 a man
  • Home of Champions Rodeo (Red Lodge, Montana), Fifth place, 4.3 seconds: $2,538 a man
  • St. Paul Rodeo, Tie for fifth and sixth in Round 1, 5.3 seconds: $1,846 a man
  • St. Paul Rodeo, Fifth in the average, 11.0 seconds on two head: $3,206 a man
  • Basin City Freedom Rodeo (Basin City, Washington), Tie for sixth and seventh place, 4.8 seconds: $2,221 a man

4. Dustin Egusquiza & Levi Lord: $20,848

Last year’s Cowboy Christmas top money earners Dustin Egusquiza and Levi Lord kicked off their 2024 Fourth run with the Greeley win, cashing in over $10,000 right off the bat. Egusquiza and Lord have been dominant all year, sitting No. 1 in the world standings, and they’ve proved once again their unshakable presence in Cowboy Christmas.

  • Roughrider Days Rodeo (Dickinson, North Dakota), First place, 4.0 seconds: $3,596 a man
  • Greeley Stampede, Tie for second, third and fourth in Round 2, 4.4 seconds: $3,109 a man
  • Greeley Stampede, Third place in finals, 5.2 seconds: $912 a man
  • Greeley Stampede, First in average, 15.6 seconds: $6,309 a man
  • Livingston Roundup Rodeo (Livingston, Montana), Fourth place, 4.1 seconds: $3,826 a man
  • Eugene Pro Rodeo (Eugene, Oregon), Tie for first and second, 4.1 seconds: $3,192 a man

5. Cody Snow & Hunter Koch: $19,302

Cody Snow and Hunter Koch came in at No. 5 on this year’s Cowboy Christmas top money earners list. Snow and Koch had a solid Fourth run picking up checks in Canada and the States. Their biggest win came at the end of Cowboy Christmas, taking home the Prescott win and $7,945 a man between the aggregate and the rounds.

  • Ponoka Stampede, First place in Round 2, 5.3 seconds: $4,616 a man
  • Greeley Stampede, Seventh place in Round 1, 5.3 seconds: $914 a man
  • Greeley Stampede, Sixth place in average, 22.3 seconds on three head: $2,195 a man
  • Cody Stampede (Cody, Wyoming), Tie for sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth, 4.7 seconds: $3,392 a man
  • World’s Oldest Rodeo (Prescott, Arizona), Third place in Round 1, 5.8 seconds: $2,329 a man
  • World’s Oldest Rodeo (Prescott, Arizona), Tie for sixth and seventh place in Round 2, 6.7 seconds: $890 a man
  • World’s Oldest Rodeo (Prescott, Arizona), First place in average, 12.5 seconds on two head: $4,726
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