It was Friday night underneath the lights of the Thomas & Mack as the second round of the 57th Annual Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo kicked off into high gear. Following on of the most exciting rounds of action in recent history in round one the contestants did not want the high energy and excitement to end as they continued that high all the way through tonight’s round as well. The 2015 edition of the WNFR is quickly shaping up to be one of the very best in recent memory!
The opening festivities of round two kicked off with the talented horsemanship and beautiful equine animals of the Percheron Thunder as the majestic teams paired up to provide all those in attendance with very tantalizing start to the evening. Following the opening act it was Nikki Scheer, winner of the nationwide WNFR National Anthem Contest, who lead us in yet another beautiful rendition of our National Anthem. Once all of that was done and over with it was time to turn our attention to the contestants of the 2015 WNFR as the grand entry proceeded!
Luke Branquinho Splits Round 2 Of The 2015 WNFR
As tonight’s round two focused on the athletes of the Steer Wrestling event it was a much-anticipated wait that ended as these cowboys took center stage in the Rodeo Round Up’s coverage this evening. As the big boys of the sport of professional rodeo got locked and loaded and took their turns getting set in the starting box to amaze the crowd with blazing fast times the fans were on the edge of their seats. After all was said and done it was Luke Branquinho and Hunter Cure who topped all other contestants to split the round win and share the $26,321 payday with a 3.5 second runs!
Other winners from the different events for the second round were electrifying as well and put on quite the show for all the fans inside of the Thomas & Mack as well. Tonight’s complete round recap is provided by our good friends at Diamond D Art which you can find out more about by visiting their facebook page here. In the bareback riding it was Steven Peebles who placed in the top spot for the second consecutive year in round two with 84.50 points while the team of Derrick Begay and Clay O’Brien Cooper took home first place in the team roping with a 3.9 second run. The classic sport of rodeo, saddle bronc riding, was won by CoBurn Bradshaw who posted a score of 83 points as Marty Yates and Hunter Herrin tied for the tie-down roping win with 7.5 second runs. The pretty ladies of barrel racing was topped by Michele McLeod who posted a 13.89 second run while Clayton Foltyn rounded out the bull riding event with a 76.5 point ride, as the only ride, to end the night!
Jason was able to catch up with Hunter Cure and Luke Branquinho immediately following their winning steer wrestling runs and had a chance to talk about what these runs and what they meant to them and where their mindsets are going into the next eight rounds of competition. They were very candid as we chatted about the fast start that the Thomas & Mack presents to the athletes and the daily preparation that they go through while staying in top form throughout the entire ten day run of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. See what they have to say below!
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