NFR Extra

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NFR Extra is a limited-run weekly podcast that focuses on the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and features personal conversations with champions and icons that embody the rodeo and Western lifestyle. Hosted by Andy Seiler, Steve Goedert and Brilynn Bentley, NFR Extra delivers in-depth conversations with Wrangler NFR contestants, as well as additional special guests.

 

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Posted: Friday, May 31, 2024

#170 NFR Director of In-Arena Video Production Brian Williams

Brian Williams has served as the NFR Director of In-Arena Video Production for three general managers ‚Äď Shawn Davis, Boyd Polhamus and Allen Rheinheimer. He shares his story of moving to Las Vegas, how he got into this career and what it was like attending a rodeo for the very first time. After being around the NFR for over 20 years, he shares thoughts on what makes the in-arena experience so important to the NFR and its loyal fans.

Posted: Friday, May 17, 2024

#169 Television Host Janie Johnson

Mrs. Janie Johnson was on the opposite side of the mic this time and was still just a joy! She shared her history and her family's history in the Western industry but dove deeper into her film industry background and how that transpired into her career today. She talks about how the rodeo industry's television presence has significantly grown and what it was like to grow with it. And lastly, she shares more about married life and what her inside perspective is of Australians. 

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2024

#168 3X PRCA World Champion Bareback Rider Tim O'Connell

Life doesn't always go as planned, but you make the best of it, and that is exactly what Tim O'Connell is doing! Tim talks us through the full story of his injury that will take him out for the rest of 2024. However, Tim also shares the beauty in his story and how this year will be one of many first for himself and his family.

Posted: Tuesday, May 07, 2024

#167 3X NFR Qualifier Lefty Holman

You can certainly hear the laid back but energetic attitude of this cowboy. Lefty shares a whole lot about his life on the road, his life back home with family, and what it is like to be in Las Vegas. He explains the reason behind the gold lions, the white boots and the more recent cornrows.

Posted: Friday, April 19, 2024

#166 Frontier Rodeo Company Heath Stewart

It is all things business with the Frontier Rodeo Company. Heath Stewart talks about the company's background, how he started in the business, and how they have progressed to 9X Stock Contractor of the Year.  Even with many accolades, the goal is to provide great bucking stock for years to come. 

Posted: Friday, April 12, 2024

#165 4X NFR Qualifier Josh Frost

Not only is Josh Frost a 4X NFR Qualifier but he has also won four straight Linderman awards! He talks through his story of how competing in every event as a kid has brought him to those accomplishments while working hard to have a structured routine throughout the year to find his path to success.

Posted: Friday, April 05, 2024

#164 PRCA CEO Tom Glause

Tom Glause has served as the CEO of the PRCA since Oct. 8, 2021. During his career, his commitment to the sport of rodeo has been unwavering. He is a current PRCA Gold Card Member and was previously a PRCA contestant. Under his direction, PRCA-sanctioned rodeos have experienced record attendance and growth.

Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2024

#163 NFR General Manager Allen Rheinheimer

It’s time to fire up the NFR Extra Podcast for 2024. Our first guest is NFR General Manager Allen Rheinheimer. Allen has been involved in the NFR for more than 20 years and has even more experience in equine events. Take a listen to the guy that makes sure everything on the dirt of the Thomas & Mack Center runs smoothly and efficiently.  

Posted: Monday, December 04, 2023

#162 Vegas NFR Icon - Cody Ohl

Ohl put his stamp on ProRodeo in 1994 by winning Rookie of the Year and earning his first trip to the NFR. It would take Ohl a few years to win his first gold buckle. He edged out Fred Whitfield to capture the 1997 tie-down world title and roared through the 1998 season, capturing his second title. He had another record-setting year in 2001 as he added steer roping and team roping in order to compete for the All-Around title. In the ninth round of the NFR, Ohl missed his calf on the first loop. A second loop caught the calf by the hind legs. As Ohl dismounted, he twisted his knee, tearing two major ligaments. He had to be carried out of the arena by the Justin Sportsmedicine Team. However, he had amassed enough money earlier in the week to secure both the tie-down title and the All-Around title. He accepted both buckles from crutches on the 10th night. He went on to capture his fifth and sixth tie-down roping titles in 2003 and 2006. He still owns the record for the most NFR rounds won with 52.

Posted: Monday, December 04, 2023

#161 Vegas NFR Icon - Billy Etbauer

One of the most popular cowboys of his generation, Etbauer won five saddle bronc world titles (1992, 1996, 1999, 2000 and 2004) and garners respect for both his go-for-broke style and his humility during his career that covered parts of four decades. A native of Huron, South Dakota, he was the middle brother of three world-class bronc riders. Etbauer qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo¬ģ in his second year as a professional in 1989. He went on to make the field a record 21 consecutive years, win 51 NFR rounds and surpass $3 million in career earnings. He still shares the NFR record with his 93-point ride on Kesler Championship Rodeo‚Äôs Cool Alley in 2003. He tied the record a year later on a 10th-round ride that clinched the last of his five gold buckles.

Posted: Thursday, November 30, 2023

#160 Singer/Songwriter Ian Munsick

Ian Munsick is taking the music industry by storm as he paints his portrait of the American West. Ian shares how important it is to him to show the authentic side of Western culture through his music. He explains how he truly got started in the industry and what memorable moments he has had since then. He also shares about his visits to Las Vegas for the Wrangler NFR and what this year's NFR will look like with his special event, opening performance, and concerts.

Posted: Tuesday, November 07, 2023

#159 President of Hooey Brands Joey Austin

Hooey Brands started in 2009 as just two different hat designs, Joey Austin dives into how and why the brand started. He shares unique stories about how it has grown into its current company and what is most important to the brand overall. Joey also gives insight into BFO and the Hooey Party that happens in December during the Wrangler NFR. 

Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2023

#158 Singer/Songwriter Kylie Frey

A country music singer, a songwriter, an anthem singer, a barrel racer, a flag girl but ultimately a cowgirl. Kylie Frey has worked hard to do it all and has made a name for herself in the most authentic way. She explains how she has stayed true to herself as she continues to work through the music industry.

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2023

#157 CEO - Plaza Hotel & Casino Jonathan Jossel

There is a lot of history in Las Vegas and particularly in Downtown Las Vegas. CEO Jonathan Jossel was able to give us an inside look plus more. He shares about how he personally got to Las Vegas from Europe, how important it is to keep the history alive and what they are trying to do to make Plaza and Downtown Las Vegas unique from the rest of the city.

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2023

#156 Steer Wrestler Dalton Massey

A cowboy and a carpenter, Dalton Massey keep himself busy all year long. Dalton shares a bit about his history, how he got into rodeo and doesn't shy away from talking about traveling amongst the rest of the steer wrestlers. Dalton qualified for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo this year so we got him to open up about coming to Las Vegas for the first time. 

Posted: Friday, October 06, 2023

#155 Steve Decker with Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

We dove into something customary in the Western Lifestyle but it is such a large operation that not everyone fully understands. Steve Decker with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation explains who and what the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is but also why it exists and how it operates. Steve also talks about their deep-rooted investment in rodeo and the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Posted: Friday, September 29, 2023

#154 Saddle Bronc Rider Dawson Hay

Rodeo and hockey are pretty big in the Hay Family. Dawson talks about growing up in Canada, playing hockey, and watching his father become a well-known professional saddle bronc rider. He shares stories about how attending rodeos with his father and watching him in Las Vegas truly inspired him to become the bronc rider that he is today. Dawson also gives us a sneak peek into his life now with his wife Lily and baby girl Honey.

Posted: Friday, September 22, 2023

#153 Singer & Songwriter Jenna Paulette

Jenna Paulette is a cowgirl at heart. She tells us all about growing up in Lewisville, Texas and how she spent lots of time in Thackerville, Oklahoma helping with the family ranch. She talks about how she found her voice and her journey into country music. 

Posted: Friday, August 11, 2023

#152 The Roundtable

The Roundtable features Jess Pope, Caleb Smidt, Zeke Thurston and Tyler Waguespack. These four champions talk about how they got started in rodeo, what motivates them now, the toll rodeo takes on their bodies and what else keeps them busy throughout the year.

Posted: Monday, August 07, 2023

#151 Miss Rodeo America 2023 Kennadee Riggs

What a joy Miss Rodeo America Kennadee Riggs is! Kennadee shares many stories from what it was like growing up with 5 siblings, serving a mission in Brazil, her experience taking on the Miss Rodeo America Pagent, and what it is like now on the road. Her passion and faith-driven personality shines throughout the episode. 

Posted: Thursday, July 27, 2023

#150 7X PRCA World Champion Stetson Wright

The accolades for this world champion cowboy continue. Stetson Wright explains why he is more dedicated than ever, how his mindset on winning has changed and what keeps him going. He also opens up and shares fun stories about his daughter playing t-ball, buying his mom a Jeep and life on the road with Ky Hamilton.

Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2023

#149 4X PRCA World Champion Tie-Down Roper Caleb Smidt

Caleb Smidt opened up and had a candid conversation. He talked a lot about his star horse Pockets and walked through their career together. Then he shared stories about the family and what is to come in the future for this world champion tie-down roper.

Posted: Thursday, July 13, 2023

#148 3X World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Zeke Thurston

You are going to hear a little bit of everything from Zeke Thurston. He talks about Canadian food, living in both Texas and Canada, rodeo travel, cattle business, the new baby on the way, Vegas, and of course the Wrangler NFR.

Posted: Thursday, July 06, 2023

#147 2X PRCA World Champion Team Ropers Kaleb Driggers & Junior Nogueira

This is a powerful duo and talking to them together you see how much knowledge is between the two ropers. Kaleb and Junior share a lot about the individual nuances that make this team sport work. But they share about their own individual journeys through rodeo and how they ultimately lean on each other to win a gold buckle.

Posted: Thursday, June 29, 2023

#146 3X PRCA World Champion Steer Wrestler Tyler Waguespack

Tyler Waguespack is a strong athlete with 3 world titles in steer wrestling but there is definitely a business side to this cowboy. Tyler shares all about the business, the dynamics, the camaraderie amongst the steer wrestlers, and ultimately what his goals are with his rodeo career.

Posted: Friday, June 23, 2023

#145 2022 PRCA World Champion Bareback Rider Jess Pope

Weddings, Missouri, Elfs, and a whole lot more conversation with this first-time world champion bareback rider! Jess Pope also shares about the start of his passion for rodeo and how that has developed into him becoming the champion rider that he is today.

Posted: Friday, June 16, 2023

#144 4X WPRA World Champion Barrel Racer Hailey Kinsel

Back with her 4th WPRCA world title, Hailey Kinsel walks through the challenges she experienced at this last NFR and what little moments made this one unique. She talks about the championship mentality she has built over the years. And she also shares a whole lot about Sister and a few other horses that are now on the road with her.

Posted: Friday, May 12, 2023

#143 4X NFR Qualifier/ NFR Broadcaster Butch Knowles

Butch Knowles is quite familiar with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in more ways than most. Listen to his stories from qualifying for the NFR in Bronc riding to becoming an NFR broadcaster to being inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. He has made quite the impact on the rodeo industry and he shares how impactful it has been on his own life.

Posted: Friday, May 05, 2023

#142 3X NFR Qualifier Ky Hamilton

Growing up in Australia, Ky Hamilton's story is unique compared to most. He began rodeoing in Australia and then made a move to America to start his ProRodeo journey. He talks about his big wins, qualifying for the NFR, and what it's like to travel with Stetson Wright all year.

Posted: Friday, April 28, 2023

#141 NFR Qualifier Riley Web

Riley Webb is an experienced roper even at the age of 19. Listen to him tell his story about growing up around rodeo, competing at the junior level, qualifying for the NFR, and winning the Resistol Rookie of the Year Award in tie-down roping and all-around. Riley still has some big dreams but is humble about them all. 

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2023

#140 5X PRCA Steer Wrestling Champion Luke Branquinho

Inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame this year, Luke Branquinho is a cowboy dedicated to Western life. Listen to him share stories about his rodeo career, what he is up to today, and what will keep him busy in this next season of life.

Posted: Friday, April 21, 2023

#139 NFR Qualifier Bayleigh Choate

The 2022 rodeo season was quite the year for Bayleigh Choate. Listen to her tell her story about how she become Resistol Rookie of the Year and an NFR Qualifier during a year she didn't anticipate to rodeo full-time.

Posted: Friday, April 07, 2023

#138 2022 PRCA Clown / Barrelman Of The Year - John Harrison

John Harrison is quite the character! He shares all sorts of stories about his time traveling around the country with his family. He also explains his childhood and how he got into the business of entertaining on this episode of NFR Extra. 

Posted: Friday, March 31, 2023

#137 4X NFR Qualifier R.C. Landingham

R.C. Landingham has embodied the cowboy spirit even if he doesn't look like the traditional bareback rider. He talks about becoming a million-dollar cowboy but also gets a little deeper into his life story from being a young cowboy to losing someone so special to him. 

Posted: Saturday, December 03, 2022

#136 Vegas NFR Icon - Ty Murray

Murray’s childhood goal was to become the best cowboy ever and to be the first to beat the record of six world all-around titles set by Larry Mahan and matched by Tom Ferguson. He tells us all about his journey from joining the PRCA at the age of 18 and never looked back. He went on to win the World All-Around Title seven times (1989-94, 1998). Ty Murray is being honored at the 2022 Wrangler NFR and he shares how much it all means to him.

Posted: Thursday, December 01, 2022

#135 Vegas NFR Icon - Charmayne James

Charmayne James had a very historic career. She is a well-known world champion and now will be known as a Vegas NFR Icon. She reshares some of the most iconic stories from her rodeo days and just how important her horses were to those championships. Charmayne James is being honored at the 2022 Wrangler NFR and she shares how much it all means to her.

Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2022

#134 Vegas NFR Icon - Trevor Brazile

Trevor Brazile is simply one of the greatest cowboys in ProRodeo history and now he will be known as a Vegas NFR Icon. He gets to talk about the drive that got him to 26 world championships, how his brand Relentless started, and some great stories from over the years. Trevor Brazile is being honored at the 2022 Wrangler NFR and he shared about how much it all means to him.

Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2022

#133 The Lead Up

Andy, Brilynn, and Steve take a different approach to this podcast and bring you an NFR preview. They look over all 7 events, talk about contestant stats, and ultimately give their predictions as to what will happen during the 2022 Wrangler NFR. 

Posted: Friday, November 18, 2022

#132 Nascar Driver & Co-Owner of City Lights Shine Brendan Gaughan

Brendan Gaughan shares a little bit about everything! Being born and raised in Las Vegas, Brendan talks about his childhood and how he got into sports, racing, and becoming a Nascar Driver. He shares about the hotel-casino business and how that transpired into creating City Lights Shine, known as 'The Spirit of Las Vegas.'

Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2022

#131 Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter Shane Minor

Award-Winning singer and songwriter Shane Minor shares the inspiration behind Cowboy Revival and what it means to country music. He gives us a little insight as to who will be performing this year, what it is like to be a songwriter, and what it is like to be a father with a daughter looking to break into the music industry.

Posted: Friday, November 04, 2022

#130 Steer Wrestler Tristan Martin

Tristan Martin shares an exciting story of how his baby was born the day after the 2021 Wrangler NFR. He also talks about how his big family and the camaraderie of the steer wrestlers shaped his rodeo season. Lastly, Martin gives up his favorite way to drink Community Coffee since it has been a staple all his life.

Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2022

#129 10x PRCA Bullfighter of the Year - Dusty Tuckness

This man is a legend inside and outside of the arena. Dusty Tuckness explains how his strong faith and determination have gotten him through this comeback journey after his injury at the 2021 Wrangler NFR. 

Posted: Friday, October 21, 2022

#128 CEO of Calgary Stampede Joel Cowley

Joel Cowley, the CEO of Calgary Stampede, gives a recap of what their 10 day event up in Canada looked like over the last three years. He also discusses the similarities and differences between the Calgary Stampede and Houston Rodeo and what changes can be expected in 2023.

Posted: Friday, October 14, 2022

#127 Chief Marketing Officer at JC Hospitality - Chad Brown

Chad Brown explains how the remodel of Hard Rock Las Vegas turned into the brand of Virgin Hotel Las Vegas today. Chad gives an inside look of what can be expected at the property this Decmeber. He also shares about the passion he has for professional sports but more importantly rodeo and the NFR. 

Posted: Friday, October 07, 2022

#126 4X Barrel Racing Champion Sherry Cervi

Sherry Cervi shares about her many different connections to the western, livestock and agricultural world. She also talks about being a  member of the Teton Ridge Team and what exciting things are to come from it.

Posted: Friday, September 30, 2022

#125 2X NFR Bareback Average Winner Jess Pope

Jess Pope is well on his way to his third straight NFR. He shares how this rodeo season has gone for him and what it was like winning a rodeo like Rodeo Houston.

Posted: Friday, September 23, 2022

#124 American Actor and Singer Drake Milligan

American actor and singer Drake Milligan tells his story of where his dreams started and where those dreams have gotten him to today. He shares how Elvis Presley has impacted his life, gives an inside peak prior to finishing third on America's Got Talent and talks about his newest album Dallas/Fort Worth.

Posted: Thursday, September 01, 2022

#123 3x World Champion Steer Wrestler Tyler Waguespack

Tyler won his third gold buckle at this last NFR and it is one he is most proud of. He explains why, shares his backstory of becoming a rodeo athlete, talks about the team he runs with and so much more.

Posted: Monday, August 29, 2022

#122 3x World Champion Tie-Down Roper Caleb Smidt

His third world title in the ropes, Caleb Smidt sits down to talk about what it took to sharpen the skills of a multiple time champion while also buiding a family through the years. 

Posted: Thursday, August 18, 2022

#121 5x World Champion Stetson Wright

With one saddle bronc, one bull riding and three all-around titles under his belt, Stetson Wright is focused on becoming legendary. Stetson shares the back stories that have gotten him to this point in his career and where he plans to be in the next 10 years.