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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.
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.
Posted: Thursday, August 11, 2022
#120 World Champion Team Roper Junior Nogueira
Junior Nogueira shares his back story about where his passion for roping came from growing up in a small town in Brazil. He gives insight on how he end up competing in the US and what it has taken to make his dream of winning a world title come true.
Posted: Monday, August 08, 2022
#119 7x World Champion Bull Rider Sage Kimzey
Back for his seventh title in 2021, Sage Kimzey talks about the mental challenges he overcame to get his latest gold buckle. He also shares about what life has looked like as a new father and what he sees for his future beyond being a professional athlete.
Posted: Friday, July 29, 2022
#118 President & COO of Resorts World - Scott Sibella
Scott Sibella may be the President & COO of Resorts World Las Vegas today, but his history in Vegas goes back to the start of the NFR in Las Vegas. Scott shares his history and the vision of the NFR in Las Vegas over the years.
Posted: Thursday, July 21, 2022
#117 Miss Rodeo America Hailey Frederiksen
2022 Miss Rodeo America Hailey Frederiksen shares about her long awaited journey to compete for Miss Rodeo America. She also tells stories about her past and what her passions look like for her personal future after she finishes her reign this December.
Posted: Thursday, July 14, 2022
#116 World Champion Team Roper Kaleb Driggers
Kaleb Driggers is enjoying his first world championship title for all its worth after nine qualifications in the past. Driggers talks about his partnership with Junior Nogueria, the importance of mental focus, accountabilty, and how he prepares for each rodeo including the Wrangler NFR.
Posted: Thursday, July 07, 2022
#115 WPRA World Champion Barrel Racer Jordon Briggs
After winning her first world champion title and the NFR Average in 2021, the Wrangler NFR in Las Vegas really feels like home. Jordon talks about breaking the arena record, her multiple family businesses, and how important raising her daughter around rodeo is to her.
Posted: Thursday, June 30, 2022
#114 6x World Champion Bareback Rider Kaycee Feild
Winning his sixth title in 2021 made him the most decorated bareback rider in history. Kaycee talks about his father’s legacy, stories from the road and his mindset as he continues to chase world titles.
Posted: Saturday, December 11, 2021
#113 Montana Silversmiths Master Engravers Justin and Travis Deacon | NFR Extra Podcast
We’re going gold with Montana Silversmiths Master Engravers Justin and Travis Deacon on this episode. The Deacons share their father and son relationship working together and the artistry that sets them apart from all the other manufacturers.
Posted: Friday, November 19, 2021
#112 American singer-songwriter and actor Ryan Bingham | NFR Extra Podcast
We're not heading to the train station on this episode with American singer-songwriter and actor Ryan Bingham. Ryan takes us from West Texas to Paris and back to the USA with his journey as a bull rider, musician, and actor on NFR Extra.
Posted: Friday, November 12, 2021
#111 Kirsten Vold from Vold Rodeo Company | NFR Extra Podcast
Kirsten Vold takes time off the ranch to visit NFR Extra. She shares memories of the "Duke of the Chutes," what sets women in rodeo apart from other professional sports, the special bond between girls and horses and the NFR in Las Vegas.
Posted: Friday, November 05, 2021
#110 4x World Champion and ProRodeo Hall of Fame bull rider Tuff Hedeman
We keep the NFR Throwback rolling from 2019 when we hung out with 4x World Champion and ProRodeo Hall of Fame bull rider Tuff Hedeman. Tuff chats about the early days of NFR in Vegas, Jim Sharp and Sage Kimzey comparison and riding Bodacious.
Posted: Friday, October 29, 2021
#109 6x World Champion ProRodeo Cowboy Cody Ohl | NFR Extra Podcast
We get our money’s worth with ProRodeo Hall of Fame Cowboy Cody Ohl on NFR Extra. Cody is about as cowboy as they come. His career accomplishments speak for themselves. Cody takes us from past to present with his dynamic career and even lessons for young cowboys to hear.
Posted: Friday, October 22, 2021
#108 NFR Throwback - Trevor Brazile 26x World Champion ProRodeo Cowboy | NFR Extra Podcast
Here is another NFR Throwback from 2019 with 26x World Champ Trevor Brazile. Trevor shared what he's been up to since retiring from rodeo competition, the challenges of winning his first and last gold buckle, and being in a family filled with gold buckles.
Posted: Friday, October 15, 2021
#107 Ty Murray - 9x World CHAMPION ProRodeo Cowboy | NFR Extra Podcast
ProRodeo Hall of Fame Cowboy Ty Murray visits NFR Extra. There’s not much Ty can’t do, from riding the rankest stock in the world to dancing with the stars. He talks about the importance of stepping out of his comfort zone to represent the western lifestyle, what makes Las Vegas so unique to the rodeo cowboy, Stetson Wright’s impact on the sport of rodeo, and much, much more.
Posted: Friday, October 08, 2021
#106 Nikki Zachary - President of Caldwell Night Rodeo | NFR Extra Podcast
Nikki Zachary from Caldwell Night Rodeo joins us on NFR Extra, Nikki talks about the history of CNR, the story behind the logo and the division between the infamous “Rowdies” and “Civies”.
Posted: Thursday, September 16, 2021
#105 President of Pendleton Round-Up Randy Bracher | NFR Extra Podcast
This fifth-generation Eastern Oregon farmer and rancher has seen his fair share of challenges since becoming the president of Pendleton Round-Up. Randy Bracher talks about preparing for the iconic rodeo’s 111th run, his family’s beginnings during the industrial revolution through the millennium, and the significance of the Cowboy Channel PRCA deal.
Posted: Friday, September 10, 2021
#104 Lee Olsen from Olsen Equine | NFR Extra Podcast
We are not horsing around with Lee Olsen from Olsen Equine. We get a 101 lesson from Lee on becoming a successful farrier in the equine world, and he talks about his electric path (no-pun) to becoming one of the well-known shoers in the business.
Posted: Thursday, September 02, 2021
#103 Chairman of Rooftop Rodeo Mark Purdy | NFR Extra Podcast
Mark Purdy from Rooftop Rodeo takes us on a rocky mountain journey. He talks about the challenges of planning for a rodeo in less than sixty days, going to new heights with Cervi Rodeo, The Cowboy Channel elevating rodeo, and scaring it up a bit with Stephen King.
Posted: Saturday, August 21, 2021
#102 2X World Champ Saddle Bronc Rider Ryder Wright and 3X World Champ Stetson Wright | NFR Extra Podcast
This concludes part three of our three-part series with the 2020 Wrangler NFR champions from the top of Circa inside the Legacy Club in Downtown Las Vegas. We found all the Wright reasons to have brothers Ryder and Stetson join us on NFR Extra to talk about their early success, traveling together and the NFR in Las Vegas.
Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2021
#101 2X World Champ Team Roper Paul Eaves and World Champ Tie-Down Roper Shad “Money” Mayfield | NFR Extra Podcast
This is our second part of three with the 2020 Wrangler NFR champions from the top of Circa inside the Legacy Club in Downtown Las Vegas. 2X World Champ Team Roper Paul Eaves and World Champ Tie-Down Roper Shad “Money” Mayfield joined us on NFR Extra before their summer rodeo run.
Posted: Tuesday, August 03, 2021
#100 World Champ Steer Wrestler Jacob Edler and 5X World Champ Bareback Rider Kaycee Feild | NFR Extra Podcast
We start our hundredth episode with Kaycee Feild and Jacob Edler from the top of Circa at the Legacy Club in Downtown Las Vegas. We catch both champs before they embarked on the summer rodeos back in May. This episode kicks off part one of three with the 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo champions, including Paul Eaves, the Wright brothers Ryder and Stetson and Shad ‘‘Money’’ Mayfield.
Posted: Tuesday, July 13, 2021
#99 Cal Poly Rodeo Coach Ben Londo | NFR Extra Podcast
Very few rodeo athletes have amassed to rodeo royalty from the college ranks, but the King of the College Cowboys, Ben Londo, has done just that. He shares his passion and challenges of coaching the young athletes of today to elevating the Cal Poly Rodeo program to one of the largest collegiate rodeos in the nation.
Posted: Friday, July 02, 2021
#98 Jim Dewey Brown GM Prescott Frontier Days | NFR Extra Podcast
Jim Dewey Brown shares his experience building the New Mexico State University's rodeo program from the ground up to setting the stage for the College National Final Rodeo and his most recent endeavor becoming the GM of the World's Oldest Rodeo, Prescott Frontier Days.
Posted: Friday, July 02, 2021
#97 World Champ Saddle Bronc Rider Billy Etbauer | NFR Extra Podcast
This was an NFR Throwback to the 2019 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas when we caught up with Pro Rodeo Hall-of-Famer and 5x World Champ Saddle Bronc Rider Billy Etbauer at Cowboy Christmas. Billy shares his historic run of 21-straight NFRs, the saddle bronc riding record of 51 total NFR go-round wins and his brotherhood with brothers Robert and Dan.
Posted: Friday, July 02, 2021
#96 NFR Stock Contractor John Growney | NFR Extra Podcast
We are going back into the NFR Throwback vault with a living legend among stock contractors and owner of Growney Brothers Rodeo Company, John Growney. Growney joins the show to talk about his and Don Kish’s notorious Red Rock, the 1988 Challenge of Champions and his dear friend Lane Frost.
Posted: Wednesday, June 09, 2021
#95 NFR Announcer Roger Mooney | NFR Extra Podcast
NFR Announcer Roger Mooney joins NFR Extra to talk about the good, the bad and the ugly of the past three hundred and sixty-five days, the impact on agricultural education with the FFA and some Georgia facts.
Posted: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
#94 PRCA Saddle Bronc Rider Jake Finlay | NFR Extra Podcast
Australian Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Saddle Bronc Rider Jake Finlay joins NFR Extra to share his experience winning the College Finals Rodeo, training with the Etbauers, the difference from rodeoing in Australia to the US and traveling with the “Tom Brady “of rodeo - Chet Johnson.