2nd-in-world team roper breaks leg

Team roping header Kaleb Driggers, the 2012 reserve world champion, suffered a broken right leg on Jan. 4 as the result of an accident while moving cattle on his property in Stephenville, TX.

“I was loping across the pasture when my horse lost his footing and went head over heels, landing on top of me,” Driggers said.

Friends drove him to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Marshall, TX, where he was fitted for a splint and sent home after two hours.

Driggers is due to see an orthopedic doctor shortly to determine if surgery is required or he will have his leg put in a cast.

“I was told the longest I would be out would be two months,” Driggers said. “I broke off a piece of the bone on the inside of my ankle.”

Driggers, who finished just $1,211 behind Chad Masters in his bid for a first gold buckle, was about to begin a new partnership with Kinney Harrell.

They were entered together for all of the big winter rodeos, including this month’s SandHills Stock Show & Rodeo in Odessa, TX, and the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo in Denver.

This injury comes just 15 months after he broke his left leg — just above the ankle — at the Pendleton (OR) Round-Up. F