Members of Team Hesston Rodeo Head to Las Vegas for Wrangler National Finals Rodeo
DULUTH, Ga. (November 4, 2013) — Hesston by Massey Ferguson®, the industry-leading hayequipment brand from AGCO (NYSE:AGCO), announced in June that it is expanding its long-term support of the cowboys and cowgirls of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) by forming Team Hesston Rodeo.
Composed of some of the top contestants in ProRodeo today, Team Hesston Rodeo became the focal point of Hesston's support of the PRCA, a relationship that dates back to 1975. Team Hesston Rodeo's 10-member team includes:
- Luke Branquinho – Reigning 2012 Steer Wrestling World Champion – 4 world titles;
- Cody Teel – Reigning 2012 Bull Riding Champion;
- Sherry Cervi – 3-time World Champion Barrel Racer;
- K.C. Jones – 7-time NFR-qualifying Steer Wrestler;
- Fallon Taylor – 5-time NFR-qualifying Barrel Racer;
- Team Ropers Kaleb Driggers (Header) and Travis Graves (Heeler) – enter the 2013 NFR 2nd in the world in team roping;
- Team Ropers Dustin Bird and Paul Eaves – return to the NFR 10th in the world in team roping; and
- MP Meter My Hay ("Stingray") – Sherry Cervi's fan-favorite barrel racing mare and the only equine member of Team Hesston.
"Hesston's brand heritage is intertwined with ProRodeo, and our consumers love and appreciate this great sport," says Laura Lines, leader of Hesston brand marketing at AGCO. "We are extremely proud that each and every one of our Team Hesston members qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and are excited to cheer them on in their quest for a world championship title."
"It is truly an honor to be part of Team Hesston," says steer wrestler K.C. Jones. "We still have my grandfather's collection of Hesston NFR buckles at the house. Hesston has been an important supporter of ProRodeo and our way of life for as long as I can remember, and I am extremely proud to begin competing with Team Hesston."
"I was excited to be selected for Team Hesston because I know the value of top-quality hay, and I know that hay harvested with Hesston equipment is the very best," asserts three-time World Champion barrel racer Sherry Cervi. "It is an honor to be part of this group of great competitors, and I know Stingray is excited about being paid in Hesston™ Hay for her efforts as well."
The Team Hesston Rodeo program will also give fans a chance to follow and interact directly with the members of Team Hesston across all social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and through the website at www.Hesston.com/TeamHesstonRodeo. In addition to getting daily photos and updates on WNFR results, fans will also have a chance to join Team Hesston's fan club and become a part of the action with opportunities to win prizes throughout the year. Fans travelling to Las Vegas for the National Finals Rodeo in December will be treated to an interactive Team Hesston display at the ProRodeo Zone, where they will catch the unveiling of our one-of-a-kind Team Hesston inspired 2270XD Large Square Baler.
To schedule interviews of Team Hesston members while on-site in Las Vegas, please contact:
Jim Bainbridge cell: 719-244-6037
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AGCO, Your Agriculture Company (NYSE:AGCO), is a global leader focused on the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural machinery. AGCO supports more productive farming through a full line of tractors, combines, hay tools, sprayers, forage equipment, tillage implements, grain storage and protein production systems, as well as related replacement parts. AGCO products are sold through five core machinery brands, Challenger®, Fendt®, GSI®, Massey Ferguson® and Valtra®, and are distributed globally through 3,150 independent dealers and distributors in more than 140 countries worldwide. Retail financing is available through AGCO Finance for qualified purchasers. Founded in 1990, AGCO is headquartered in Duluth, Ga., USA. In 2012, AGCO had net sales of $10 billion. www.AGCOcorp.com