Cowboy Stories: Luke Branquinho

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Cowboy Stories: Luke Branquinho

Steer wrestler Luke Branquinho has a rodeo resume peppered with titles from major rodeo venues across the nation, making him one of the most well known and highly regarded rodeo athletes in the sport. Branquinho counts four world championships to his credit and has achieved a host of records in his decorated career, which began in earnest in 2000, the same year he captured top rookie honors.

"It's a great chance anytime you have the opportunity to win $100,000 and I think it's a great concept that has a lot of room to grow," said Branquinho of qualifying to compete at the richest one-day rodeo in history. "It would mean a lot to win it; it would mean so much to the year to go win that kind of money in a venue where there are no entry fees, you get a free room…it could really help offset expenses for the year."

From a rodeo family, Branquinho experienced early stardom as a high school all-around rodeo sensation competing in team roping, steer wrestling and tie-down roping. Having earned championships at such famed venues as the Calgary Stampede (2001), the Grand National in San Francisco (with a career-fast 2.7-second run) and countless others across the nation, Branquinho is certain to be a threat to his competition when the richest one-day rodeo in history hits AT&T Stadium on March 2. 

Sponsored by Cinch Jeans, Platinum Performance, Ariat, Hesston by Massey Ferguson, Weatherby Rifles, Cactus Saddlery, Purina, Multi-Chem, Boyd Gaming and Logan Coach, Branquinho also appreciates the tremendous sacrifice on the part of American troops, "for fighting for our freedom so we get to do what we love to do." The 33-year-old currently calls Los Alamos, Calif., home where he lives with his wife, Lindsay, and sons, Cade and Jameson.

Quick Stats:

Events: Steer Wrestling
Born: 9/17/1980 
Age: 33
World Titles Won: 4 (2004, 2008, 2011, 2012)
Current Residence: Los Alamos, California 
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