Junior Nogueira

Junior Nogueira is the PRCA’s 2016 All-Around World Champion and the 2021-2022 PRCA World Champion Team Roping Heeler.

From Presidente Prudente, Brazil, Junior Nogueira exploded onto the team roping scene in 2014 when seven-time World Champion Jake Barnes picked him up to hit the road after meeting him at a roping school. Nogueira didn’t speak English and had never traveled across the US, but he qualified for the NFR his rookie year with Barnes. He won the Resistol Rookie of the Year title, and he’s won the Spicer Gripp, The American, The Wildfire and four US Open to the World titles.

Nogueira has made more 3.3-second runs than any heeler in history, and his horses—from famed mare Apache R Hali to Green Card to Timon—have helped him along the way. Nogueira is also a world champion header in the AQHA on Apache R Hali.

Kaleb Driggers Junior Nogueira BFI Victory Lap
The Short Score: 2024 BFI Week
Kaleb Driggers Junior Nogueira BFI Victory Lap
At Long Last
Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira Are Finally BFI Champions in 2024.
American Dreams
Dawson and Dillon Graham Take OKC American Rodeo Contender Series Qualifier
You've Got a Friend in Me
My Last NFR Was Junior Nogueira’s First 
Solo Select's Ty Smith on The Score
Hot Take
Ty Smith's Late 2023 Horse Market Report, Plus Predictions on Woody Be Tuff x Apache R Hali Embryo Sale
Junior Nogueira at his first Wildfire Open to the World in 2014.
changing history
Junior Nogueira's Big Break: The 2014 Wildfire Open to the World
Junior Nogueira riding Kiehnes Frosty Pepto, heeling at the 2023 Lonestar Shootout
fix it
Following the Steer, with Junior Nogueira
Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira roping their short-round steer at the 2023 Ellensburg Rodeo.
Driggers, Nogueira Seize Ellensburg Centennial
Hall & Tryan—Puyallup, Washington
recap and rundown
The Short Score: Labor Day Weekend Recap, Puyallup Rundown
Kaleb Driggers Junior Nogueira
simply the best
The Short Score: Are Kaleb and Junior the Best of this Generation?