(AP) — Luke Branquinho won his third world steer wrestling championship and third National Finals Rodeo aggregate title Saturday night, finishing sixth in the 10th and final round with a 4.7-second run.
Branquinho, from Los Alamos, Calif., entered the final round in a three-way fight for the world and aggregate crowns with Jason Miller of Lance Creek, Wyo., and Shawn Greenfield of Lakeview, Ore. But Miller and Greenfield broke the start barrier and received 10-second penalties.
"Those guys (Miller and Greenfield) were going in there knowing they had to win good in the rounds to stay ahead in the (aggregate) and get the money they needed," Branquinho said. "They were taking a chance, you know.
"If I was in their situation, knowing that I had to win good in the go-rounds, I maybe would have clipped the barrier, too. But that's just rodeo. It happens day in and day out in rodeo, and unfortunately for those two it happened in round 10 at the NFR."
Branquinho made $234,518 this season. Second-place Greenfield finished with $178,420, and third-place Miller earned $177,455. At the NFR, Branquinho led with $146,779, and Greenfield was second with $98,798.
In the aggregate race, six-tenths of a second separated Miller, Greenfield and Branquinho after nine rounds, but Branquinho prevailed with a time of 41.9 for 10 rounds. Trevor Knowles of Mount Vernon, Ore., and Mickey Gee of Wichita Falls, Texas, tied for first in the round at 3.6.
In barrel racing, Lindsay Sears of Nanton, Alberta, won her second world championship with $238,064 by securing the $45,865 bonus that goes to the NFR aggregate standings champion.
Sears, second in the round with a time of 13.75, won the aggregate title with a time of 139.5 for 10 rounds. She won $133,558 at the NFR.
Brittany Pozzi of Victoria, Texas, who led the world standings for the first nine rounds, finished ninth in the aggregate standings after failing to place among the top six with a time of 18.8. She earned $192,725 this season. Jane Melby of Backus, Minn., won the round in 13.71.
In team roping, header Turtle Powell of Stephenville, Texas and heeler Jhett Johnson of Casper, Wyo., won their first world and aggregate championships after placing sixth in a time of 10.00. Powell earned $195,407. while Johnson made $197,112.
Header Clay Tryan of Billings, Mont., and heeler Travis Graves of Jay, Okla., were first in the world standings after nine rounds, but had a time of 11.20 and didn't receive a check. Powell and Johnson won the NFR aggregate standings title with a time of 57.5 on nine head. They made a record $125,625 each in the NFR.
Header Chad Masters of Cedar Hill, Tenn., and Jake Corkill of Fallon, Nev., and header Spencer Mitchell of Colusa, Calif., and heeler Broc Cresta of Santa Rosa, Calif., tied for first in the round in 3.6.
In bull riding, Shane Proctor of Grand Coulee, Wash., won his first world championship with $238,249. He broke his arm in the round. Defending world champ J.W. Harris of Mullin, Texas, was second at $209,361.
LJ Jenkins of Porum, Okla., won the NFR aggregate standings with 501 points on six rides. He tied for second in the round with an 87.5 on Mr. Slim. Jenkins led all bull riders with $93,462 at the NFR.
Wesley Silcox of Santaquin, Utah, won the round with a 90.5 on Outlaw.
In saddle bronc riding, Taos Muncy of Corona, N.M., won his second world championship with $249,914 after finishing sixth in the round with an 81.5 on Spring Planting.
Muncy, though, was second in the NFR aggregate standings with 801 points for 10 rides. while Jesse Wright of Milford, Utah, won the title with a record 848.5 points for 10 rides. He earned a record $160,962 at the NFR, which ranks second among all competitors.
"I just had to focus on myself and I couldn't worry about what Jesse was doing," Muncy said. "It was awesome to watch him ride. I've never seen someone spur over a horse's head like he did. He had a heck of a week, and I'm thankful to have another gold buckle."
Wright's brother, Cody, won the round with an 87.5 on Eight Ball.
In tie-down roping, Tuf Cooper of Decatur, Texas, claimed his first world championship with $192,042 after finishing sixth in a time of 9.6.
Matt Shiozawa of Chubbuck, Idaho, won his first NFR aggregate race title with a time of 88.3 for 10 rounds. He also topped all tie-down ropers with $106,154 at the NFR.
Cooper's brother, Clif, won the round in 7.4.
Both Coopers and a third brother, Clint, are the sons of eight-time world champion Roy Cooper.
Kaycee Feild of Payson, Utah, the son of Hall of Famer Lewis Feild, secured the bareback riding crown in the ninth round.
Feild won the NFR aggregate standings title and the $45,865 bonus that goes along with it in round 10 with 10 rides for a record 860.5 points. Justin McDaniel set the previous record of 859 points for 10 rides in 2008.
"Like I said, I wanted to come out here and dominate," Feild said. "Beating the (aggregate) record wasn't my goal coming in, but through the week I looked up the score and knew what I would have to do to beat it. So I kind of made that my goal."
Feild set another bareback record with his sixth win at one NFR with an 87 on MGM Deuces Night.
Bobby Mote of Culver, Ore., who was tied with Feild for most wins at one NFR with five in 2009, finished second in the aggregate with 10 rides for 833.5 points.
Feild earned a record $319,986 and a 2011 NFR-best $179,327. Mote had held the season record with $310,219 in 2009.
In all-around, Trevor Brazile of Decatur, Texas, won his record sixth championship in the fifth round. He finished with a record $4,275,252 in career earnings.