Luke Branquinho and Cody Teel, the two Hesston-sponsored cowboys competing at the 2012 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas, are more than halfway through the competition and poised to finish the week strong.
Branquinho, the reigning world champion steer wrestler from Los Alamos, Calif., had strong finishes Sunday and Monday, winning Sunday’s round and placing second on Monday. Branquinho started the NFR ranked No. 1. After Tuesday night’s round, Branquinho is ranked No 8.
Teel, a past high school and college champion bull rider from Kountze, Texas, arrived at the NFR ranked as the No. 2 bull rider in the world at just 20 years old. Teel has posted first- and fourth-place finishes during the first six rounds. After six rounds of rides, Teel is sitting in the No. 5 spot.
In addition to sponsoring Branquinho and Teel, Hesston by Massey Ferguson® is the official farm equipment sponsor of the National Finals Rodeo. Hesston dealers are hosting more than 400 Hesston customers at the Mandalay Bay Resort during the National Finals Rodeo. In addition to attending rodeo performances, customers were treated to a cocktail reception; a meet-and-greet with Teel and Branquinho; and a private Rodney Atkins concert at the House of Blues.
For more information on how the Hesston-sponsored cowboys are doing at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, visit www.nfrexperience.com; follow the boys on Twitter (@lukebranquinho and @CodyLTeel); or text “Hesston” to 21534 for updates on your smartphone.