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Luke Branquinho


Events: Steer Wrestling, Tie-down Roping
Born: 9/17/1980 Santa Maria, Calif.
Joined PRCA: 2000
PRCA Career Earnings: $2,437,289.00
World Titles Won: 5 (2004, 2008, 2011-12, 2014)
WNFR Qualifications: 14 (2001-04, 2006-15)
Current Residence: Los Alamos, Calif.

2016 world standings place: Did not compete
Wrangler NFR average titles: 3 (2008, 2011, 2014)
Tour Finale titles: 2
   Winter: 2004
   Championship: 2009
Tour Finale qualifications: 13
   Winter: 2002, 2004, 2006
   Summer: 2002, 2004
   Championship: 2004, 2006-07, 2009-12, 2014
RNCFR titles: 2 (2009-10)
RNCFR qualifications: 8 (2002, 2005, 2007-10, 2012, 2015)
Education: West Hills Community College (Coalinga, Calif.)

Professional 

2017 Highlights
• Won the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show (Fort Worth, Texas)
• Won the Kern County Sheriff Reserve Stampede Days Rodeo (Bakersfield, Calif.)

Career Highlights
• 2015: Won Round 8, split the win in Round 2 and placed in one other round at the Wrangler NFR.  Won the St. Paul, (Ore.) Rodeo, the Wrangler Champions Challenge (Rapid City, S.D.), the Wrangler Champions Challenge (Scottsdale, Ariz.), the Santa Marie (Calif.) Elks Rodeo and the Evanston (Wyo.) Cowboy Days Inc.
• 2014: Placed in seven of 10 rounds at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, including a tie for the win in Round 2 that extended his event record to 23; he won the WNFR average title for the third time (tying him for second on the all-time list) and jumped from eighth to win his fifth gold buckle with $202,380, one short of the record held by Homer Pettigrew. Won the Wrangler Champions Challenge (Kissimmee, Fla.); the Redding (Calif.) Rodeo; the Central Wyoming Fair & PRCA Rodeo (Casper); the Mother Lode Round-Up (Sonora, Calif.) and the Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo. Co-champion at the Wrangler Champions Challenge (Redding, Calif.) and the Kern County Sheriff Reserve Stampede Days Rodeo (Bakersfield, Calif.). 
• 2013: Won Round 3 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with a time of 3.6 seconds and placed in four other rounds; finished eighth in the world standings with $124,984. Won the Oakdale (Calif.) Saddle Club Rodeo and the Missoula (Mont.) Stampede
• 2012: Won Round 4 of the Wrangler NFR to break the event record for rounds wins (21) that he had shared with Ote Berry and went to place in seven rounds overall.  He won his fourth world championship, tying him with Jim Bynum, Everett Bowman and Berry for second on the all-time list for steer wrestling. Won the Ram California Circuit Finals Rodeo (Lancaster); the Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo; the Redding (Calif.) Rodeo; the Grand National Rodeo (San Francisco, Calif.); the Las Vegas (Nev.) Helldorado Days; the Sheriff's PRCA Rodeo (San Bernardino, Calif.); the Missoula (Mont.) Stampede and the Ramona (Calif.) Rodeo
• 2011: Won Rounds 5 and 9 of the Wrangler NFR and placed in seven other rounds on his way to his third world championship; finished with earnings of $234,518. Won the Santa Barbara (Calif.) Old Spanish Days Stock Horse Show & Rodeo; the Ram California Circuit Finals Rodeo (Lancaster, Calif.); the American Royal Rodeo (Kansas City, Mo.) and the Greeley (Colo.) Independence Stampede. Co-champion at the Ramona (Calif.) Rodeo
• 2010: Placed in five rounds of the Wrangler NFR, winning at least a share of first place in three of those. His 3.3-second run in winning Round 7 was the fastest of the rodeo. Finished fourth in the world standings with $160,049. Won the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo (Pocatello, Idaho); the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo; the Redding (Calif.) Rodeo; the Kern County Sheriff Reserve Stampede Days Rodeo (Bakersfield, Calif.); the Old Spanish Days Stock Horse Show & Rodeo (Santa Barbara, Calif.); the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and the Walla Walla (Wash.) Frontier Days; co-champion at the Gooding (Idaho) ProRodeo
• 2009: Won Round 6 of the Wrangler NFR with a rodeo-best time of 3.2 seconds and won Round 7 in 3.8 seconds; placed in four additional rounds. Finished second in the world standings with $200,186. Won the Justin Boots Championships (Omaha, Neb.); the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo (Rapid City, S.D.); the Laughlin (Nev.) River Stampede; California Rodeo Salinas andthe Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo (Pocatello, Idaho). Won the all-around and steer wrestling year-end titles at the Dodge California Circuit Finals; won the all-around and steer wrestling titles at the Lakeside (Calif.) Rodeo and the Ramona (Calif.) Rodeo
• 2008: Set single-season earnings record for steer wrestling with $242,018 while winning the second world championship of his career. Won Wrangler NFR average championship with a time of 41.9 seconds on 10 head, placing in eight rounds. Won Round 1 with a time of 3.6 seconds. Won the River City Roundup (Omaha, Neb.); the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo (Denver); the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo; the Snake River Stampede (Nampa, Idaho); the New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo (Albuquerque); the Santa Barbara (Calif.) Old Spanish Days Stock Horse Show & Rodeo; the Omak (Wash.) Stampede & Suicide Race and the Canby (Ore.) Rodeo; co-champion at the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo and the Missoula (Mont.) Stampede. Won the all-around titles at the Oakdale (Calif.) Saddle Club Rodeo and the San Bernadino (Calif.) Sheriff's PRCA Rodeo
• 2007: Finished the regular season leading the PRCA world standings with $106,464. Won the last two rounds at the Wrangler NFR, recording times of 3.2 seconds in Round 9 and 3.5 in Round 10, only to finish third in the final world standings. Won the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round and finished second in the average at the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo. Won the second round of the Grand National Rodeo (San Francisco) with a career-best 2.7-second run. Won the Greeley (Colo.) Stampede
• 2006: Finished second in the world standings with $180,308; placed in seven of 10 rounds at the Wrangler NFR, winning the first round in 3.7 seconds, the third round in 3.5, tied for the win in the sixth round with a time of 3.7 and won the seventh round in a time of 3.9 seconds; was the top money winner in steer wrestling at the Finals, earning $95,613; was the third highest money winner during Cowboy Christmas with $20,722. Co-champion at the Pahrump (Nev.) Fall Festival Rodeo; won the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede (Bremerton, Wash.); the St. Paul (Ore.) Rodeo; the Greeley (Colo.) Independence Stampede; the Klamath Falls (Ore.) Great Northwest Pro Rodeo; the Showdown Rodeo (Palmdale, Calif.); the Kern County Sheriff Reserve Stampede Days (Bakersfield, Calif.); the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round at the Laughlin (Nev.) River Stampede and the San Angelo (Texas) Stock Show and Rodeo
• 2005: Won The Showdown Rodeo (Palmdale, Calif.) and the Woodlake (Calif.) Lions Club PRCA Rodeo. Won the tie-down roping title at the Rowell Ranch Rodeo (Hayward, Calif.). Tore his pectoral muscle at the end of June, an injury that required surgery, and was sidelined the rest of the year
• 2004: Won his first world title. Won Round 2 of the Wrangler NFR with a time of 3.1 seconds, Round 4 in 3.7 seconds, Round 5 in 3.3 seconds, and placed in Rounds 7, 8 and 9. Had the world title locked up after Round 9. Set the regular-season earnings record in steer wrestling with $125,625 and the single-season earnings record with $193,614 (these records were broken in 2005). Won the Southwestern Livestock Show and Exposition (Fort Worth, Texas); the Red Bluff (Calif.) Round-up; the Ogden (Utah) Pioneer Days; the Snake River Stampede (Nampa, Idaho) and the American Royal (Kansas City, Mo.). Won the Winter Tour Finale title (Las Vegas, Nev.), was a semifinalist at the Summer Tour Finale (Omaha, Neb.) and finished second at the Tour Championships (Dallas). Won the year-end steer wrestling title in the California Circuit
• 2003: Won the Redding (Calif.) Rodeo; the Horse Heaven Roundup (Kennewick, Wash.) and the Walla Walla (Wash.) Fair & Frontier Days; tied for first in Round 5 with a 3.6-second run at the Wrangler NFR. Finished ninth in the world standings with $102,876
• 2002: Won the Sisters (Ore.) Rodeo; the Snake River Stampede (Nampa, Idaho) and the Puyallup (Wash.) Fair & Rodeo. Finished fourth in the world standings with $120,867
• 2001: Won Calgary (Alberta) Stampede; the State Fair of Oklahoma (Oklahoma City) and the Tri-State Rodeo (Fort Madison, Iowa); finished third in the world standings with $111,350; qualified for his first Wrangler NFR 

Awards

PRCA Overall and Steer Wrestling Rookie of the Year, 2000

Personal
6-0, 235 ... Wife, Lindsay; sons, Cade (born June 7, 2008), Jameson (born July 15, 2010) and Luke Hayes (born Sept. 15, 2015) ... Hobbies include training horses, fishing, hunting and playing golf ... Diagnosed with Type I diabetes and uses an insulin pump in order to keep his blood glucose (sugar) levels under control ... Parents are ranchers John and Brandy Branquinho, who compete in team roping … He and his family survived a wreck in March 2002, when their rig hit a patch of ice and slid off the road … At the 2003 Redding (Calif.) Rodeo, both Luke and elder brother Casey won event titles … Eldest brother, Tony, served as the rodeo coach at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo … When Luke missed the 2005 Wrangler NFR due to injury, he helped call the action for the ProRodeo Radio Network ... Travels with Les Shepperson, Jason Miller and Stan Branco
 
 
 
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