The 2016 regular season is over and now 15 professional cowboys who have earned the highest amount of prize money in one of eight PRCA events will head to Las Vegas for 10 rounds of exciting rodeo.
Fifteen members of the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association that have collected the most prize money at WPRCA events during the year will be competing for the fastest time to circle four barrels placed along the arena floor, riding their best trained horse.
We want to honor those professional athletes in Erath County and so we give you this list of athletes that were born here and grew up to be fierce competitors or decided to relocate here.
Junior Nogueira has earned $123,786 according to our records to stand alone in the No. 1 spot in the All-Around and the Team Roping (heeler).
In Bareback Riding we have R. Champion; Steer Wrestling, Matt Reeves.
Erath County is well-known for Team Roping and it is this sport that draws the most professional competitors from the area.
In Team Roping, header Kaleb Driggers from Stephenville is No. 1. Luke Brown is No. 3 and Dustin Bird is No. 5 while Coleman Proctor finished the season in 15th to qualify for the National Finals.
Team Roping heelers was even more attraction for local cowboys with Junior Nogueira in No.1 spot with earnings of $122,342. Paul Eaves isn’t far behind with $108,785 and Jake Long is right there with 101,495.
Travis Graves is 6th, Shay Carroll 7th, and Wesley Thorp made the cut at 15th.
Jacobs Crawley, raised in Stephenville has a home here but married a girl from Boerne so lists that place as home.
Jacobs who finished Saddle Bronc Riding in 1st place 2015 and has held onto the No. 1 spot all season will go the Vegas with earnings of $172,304.
His little brother will follow Jacobs to the NFR, his third trip, in 12th standing.
Tie-Down Roping event will welcome Stephenville’s own Marty Yates with a second trip to the NFR in 15th spot.
Reese Riemer will compete from 7th place and Ryle Smith in 13th.
With these 18 competitors from this area, the National Finals Rodeo will be a must thing to go see either from Las Vegas or at home on your own television.
Rounds will be telecast nightly beginning at 9 p.m. Central Standard Time.