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Oh, brother: Branquinho duo takes Nampa

Timed-event cowboys Luke and Casey Branquinho, both of Los Alamos, Calif., have won some mighty big rodeos during their days in ProRodeo, but usually not in the same place at the same time. That all changed this weekend at the Snake River Stampede in Nampa, ID.

Luke Branquinho, the 2004 World Champion Steer Wrestler, won his discipline by turning three steers in 12.7 seconds. Meanwhile, his older brother, Casey, the tie-down roping champion at the 2005 Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo, won his event by recording a three-head time of 26.7 seconds.

Luke, who last won the Snake River Stampede during his championship year of 2004, won $8,110 and solidified his No. 2 ranking in the Crusher Rentals PRCA World Standings, while Casey earned $7,271 and moved into the top 20 as he seeks his first Wrangler NFR qualification.

It’s the first time each Branquinho brother has won his event at the same rodeo since the 2003 Redding (CA) Rodeo.

Nampa gave contestants another shot at qualifying for the second Ariat Playoffs series, which starts next month in Caldwell, ID. At the conclusion of the final Tour stop in Dodge City, KS, on Aug. 5, the top 35 contestants (35 teams in team roping) in total Tour points and the “Wild Cards,” event champions from the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo, presented by U.S. Smokeless Tobacco, will move on to the first Ariat Playoffs event, Aug. 12-16, in Caldwell, ID. Fox Sports Network and CBS are scheduled to televise the Playoffs.

Team ropers Speed Williams and Allen Bach, who have 12 world championships between them, broke through in Nampa for their first victory since April. Williams, of De Leon, TX, an eight-time champion, and Bach, of Weatherford, TX, roped three steers in 18.7 seconds, good for $3,089 each.

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In the roughstock events, cowboys nearly swept their way to each title.

Bareback rider Royce Ford, of Briggsdale, CO, split the first-round victory and won the final round outright en route to a two-head score of 168 points and checks worth $11,289. Last year, Ford won the title at the weekend’s other main-attraction rodeo, California Rodeo Salinas.

Saddle bronc rider J.J. Elshere of Quinn, SD did exactly the same thing in winning his event title with 171 points on two head. He earned $12,362, the most of any contestant at the rodeo.

Bull rider Jake Wade, of Alamo, NV, came on strong at the end to claim the two-head average title. After tying for sixth place in the first round with an 81, Wade won the final round with an 85 aboard Bar T Rodeo’s Frontier, giving him 166 points and the title, worth $8,524.

Barrel racer Shelley Murphy of Helena, MT, the reigning DNCFR champion, bagged $11,141 after completing two patterns in 31.76 seconds.

Timed-event cowboys Luke and Casey Branquinho, both of Los Alamos, Calif., have won some mighty big rodeos during their days in ProRodeo, but usually not in the same place at the same time. That all changed this weekend at the Snake River Stampede in Nampa, ID.

Luke Branquinho, the 2004 World Champion Steer Wrestler, won his discipline by turning three steers in 12.7 seconds. Meanwhile, his older brother, Casey, the tie-down roping champion at the 2005 Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo, won his event by recording a three-head time of 26.7 seconds.

Luke, who last won the Snake River Stampede during his championship year of 2004, won $8,110 and solidified his No. 2 ranking in the Crusher Rentals PRCA World Standings, while Casey earned $7,271 and moved into the top 20 as he seeks his first Wrangler NFR qualification.

It’s the first time each Branquinho brother has won his event at the same rodeo since the 2003 Redding (CA) Rodeo.

Nampa gave contestants another shot at qualifying for the second Ariat Playoffs series, which starts next month in Caldwell, ID. At the conclusion of the final Tour stop in Dodge City, KS, on Aug. 5, the top 35 contestants (35 teams in team roping) in total Tour points and the “Wild Cards,” event champions from the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo, presented by U.S. Smokeless Tobacco, will move on to the first Ariat Playoffs event, Aug. 12-16, in Caldwell, ID. Fox Sports Network and CBS are scheduled to televise the Playoffs.

Team ropers Speed Williams and Allen Bach, who have 12 world championships between them, broke through in Nampa for their first victory since April. Williams, of De Leon, TX, an eight-time champion, and Bach, of Weatherford, TX, roped three steers in 18.7 seconds, good for $3,089 each.

In the roughstock events, cowboys nearly swept their way to each title.

Bareback rider Royce Ford, of Briggsdale, CO, split the first-round victory and won the final round outright en route to a two-head score of 168 points and checks worth $11,289. Last year, Ford won the title at the weekend’s other main-attraction rodeo, California Rodeo Salinas.

Saddle bronc rider J.J. Elshere of Quinn, SD did exactly the same thing in winning his event title with 171 points on two head. He earned $12,362, the most of any contestant at the rodeo.

Bull rider Jake Wade, of Alamo, NV, came on strong at the end to claim the two-head average title. After tying for sixth place in the first round with an 81, Wade won the final round with an 85 aboard Bar T Rodeo’s Frontier, giving him 166 points and the title, worth $8,524.

Barrel racer Shelley Murphy of Helena, MT, the reigning DNCFR champion, bagged $11,141 after completing two patterns in 31.76 seconds.