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Luke Branquinho

Born: Sept. 17, 1980 (Santa Maria, CA)
Residence: Los Alamos, CA
Joined PRCA: 2000
World Titles Won: 4 (2004, 2008, 2011-12)
Wrangler NFR Qualifications: 11 (2001-04, 2006-12)
Tour Finale Titles: 3 (Pace Chute-out: 2004; Summer Tour Finale (Omaha) 2008-09)
Tour Finale Qualifications: 17
Pace Chute-out: 2002, 2004, 2006
Caldwell Round: 2007-08 Puyallup Round: 2007-09 Omaha Tour Finale: 2002, 2004, 2007-09
Championship: 2004, 2006-08
Education: West Hills Community College (Coalinga, Calif.)
2012 NFR Place: 7th
2012 NFR earnings: $73,618
2012 World Standings Place: 1st
2012 Earnings: $158,963
Career Earnings: $1,956,869

Professional

2012 Highlights
• Won his fourth world title and won back-to-back world titles. Placed in seven out of 10 rounds at the Wrangler NFR winning the fourth round in 3.3 seconds
• Won the Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo
• Won the Redding (Calif.) Rodeo
• Won the Ramona(Calif.) Rodeo and broke his own arena record with a time of 3.5 seconds
• Won the Las Vegas (Nev.) Helldorado Days Rodeo
• Won the Grand National Rodeo (San Francisco)

2011 Highlights
• Won the 2011 World Championship title
• Won the Santa Barbara (Calif.)Old Spanish Days Stock Horse Show & Rodeo
• Won the Greeley (Colo.) Independence Day Stampede
• Co-champion at the Ramona (Calif.) Rodeo
• Won the American Royal (Kansas City)

Career Highlights

2010– Won the sixth and seventh round and tied for the win in the second round of the Wrangler NFR. Also placed sixth in the third round and tied for second in the eighth round. Finished eighth in the average with a total time of 47.4 seconds on nine head; won $69,907 at the NFR and finished fourth in the world with a total of $160,049, won the Walla Walla (Wash.) Frontier Days Rodeo, the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), the Santa Barbara (Calif.) Old Spanish Days Stock Horse Show & Rodeo, the Redding (Calif.) Rodeo, the Kern County Sheriff Reserve Stampede Days Rodeo (Bakersfield, Calif.), the 2010 Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo (Pocatello, Idaho), the San Antonio (Texas) Stock Show and Rodeo, and was co-champion at the Gooding (Idaho) Pro Rodeo

2009– Finished the year ranked 2nd in the world with $200,186; finished 8th in the average at the Wrangler NFR and won $87,632; Won the year end titles in both the steer wrestling and all-around for the California Circuit; Won the Justin Boots Championship of the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour (Omaha, Neb.); Won the California Rodeo Salinas; Won the all-around title at the Ramona (Calif.) Rodeo and the steer wrestling title; Won the all-around title at the Lakeside (Calif.) Rodeo; Won Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo (Pocatello, Idaho); Won the Laughlin (Nev.) River Stampede and the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo (Rapid City, S.D.)

2008– Won the Wrangler NFR average title (41.9/10) en route to winning his second world title and setting a new PRCA earnings record of $242,018. Won a total of $111,238 at the NFR. Won the first round at the 2008 Wrangler NFR with a 3.6-second run and then went on to place in seven more rounds. Won the year-end title in the California Circuit and qualified for the DNCFR. Won the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Ariat Playoff Omaha (Neb.) Round. Won the all-around title at the San Bernardino (Calif.) Sheriff's PRCA Rodeo, won the New Mexico State Fair and Rodeo (Albuquerque), the Canby (Ore.) Rodeo, the Omak (Wash.) Stampede, the Santa Barbara (Calif.) Old Spanish Days Stock Horse Show and Rodeo, the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo, and the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo (Denver), was co-champion at the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo and the Missoula (Mont) Stampede, won the steer wrestling average title at the Snake River Stampede (Nampa, Idaho), while his brother Casey won the average in the tie-down roping and won the all-around title at the Oakdale (Calif.) Saddle Club Rodeo.

2007– Finished third in the world standings with $151,681. Placed in four out of 10 rounds, winning the ninth round in 3.2 seconds, and the 10th round in 3.5 seconds; won the 2007 regular-season with $106,464 in earnings; won the average title at the Greeley (Colo.) Independence Stampede, won the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round and finished second in the average at the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo, won the average title at the Clovis (Calif.) Rodeo and won the second round of the Grand National Rodeo (San Francisco) with a career best 2.7-second run.

2006 – Finished second in the world standings with $180,308. Placed in seven out 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 big money winner in the steer wrestling event at the Wrangler NFR, picking up $95,613; was the third highest money winner during Cowboy Christmas with $20,722; was the 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 Great Northwest Pro Rodeo (Klamath Falls, Ore.), the Showdown Rodeo (Palmdale, Calif.), and the Kern County Sheriff Reserve Stampede Days Rodeo (Bakersfield, Calif.); finished second at the Pace Picante ProRodeo Chute-out (Tulsa, Okla.), won the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round at the Laughlin (Nev.) River Stampede and won the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round and average title at the San Angelo (Texas) Stock Show and Rodeo.
2005 – Won the steer wrestling titles at 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 the end of June, an injury that required surgery, and was sidelined the rest of the year.
2004 – Won his first world title with $193,614 in earnings. Won Round 2 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 (prior to the Wrangler NFR) in steer wrestling with $125,625 and the single-season earnings record (after the Wrangler NFR) with $193,614 (these records were broken in 2005); won the Southwestern Livestock Show and Exposition (Fort Worth, Texas), Red Bluff (Calif.) Round-up, Ogden (Utah) Pioneer Days, Snake River Stampede (Nampa, Idaho), and the American Royal (Kansas City, Mo.); won Pace Picante ProRodeo Chute-out title (Las Vegas, Nev.), was a semifinalist at Pace Picante ProRodeo Challenge (Omaha, Neb.) and finished second at the Pace Picante ProRodeo Classic (Dallas); won the year-end steer wrestling title in the California Circuit.
2003 – Won Redding (Calif.) Rodeo, Horse Heaven Roundup (Kennewick, Wash.), and Walla Walla (Wash.) Fair & Frontier Days Rodeo; tied for first in Round 5 with a 3.6-second run at the Wrangler NFR. Finished the year ninth in the world with $102,876.
2002 – Sisters (Ore.) Rodeo, Snake River Stampede (Nampa, Idaho) and Puyallup (Wash.) Fair & Rodeo.
2001 – Won Calgary Stampede, State Fair of Oklahoma (Oklahoma City) and Tri State Rodeo (Fort Madison, Iowa).

Awards

PRCA Overall and Steer wrestling Resistol Rookie of the Year, 2000.

Amateur

California high school all-around, steer wrestling and team roping champion, 1998; Steer wrestling champion, 1996.

Personal

6-0, 235 ... wife, Lindsay (barrel racer), sons Mark Cade (calls him Cade-born June 7, 2008), Jameson William (born July 15, 2010) ... Hobbies include ranching, training horses, fishing and hunting, playing golf ... Diagnosed with Type II diabetes when he was 18 years old ... Continues to compete and uses an insulin pen to get his insulin ... Parents are John and Brandy ... 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 his brother Casey won event titles ... Has an older brother, Tony, who works on the ranch and is a substitute teacher at a grammar school ... At the 2005 Wrangler NFR, he helped call the action for ProRodeo Radio.

 
 
 
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