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NFR Extra is a weekly podcast that focuses on the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and features icons that embody the rodeo and Western lifestyle.
Posted: Monday, April 06, 2020
#42 4x World Champion Bull Rider J.W. Harris and 3x NFR Qualifier Boudreaux Campbell | NFR Extra Podcast
4x World Champion Bull Rider J.W. Harris shares the many pranks he has played on contestants and his love for being a cowboy. 3x NFR Qualifier Boudreaux Campbell talks about how his success has elevated over the past few years and his relationship with his dad impacting that.
Posted: Monday, March 30, 2020
2x World Champion Cowboy Caleb Smidt talks about his 2019 season and what his plans are during the quarantine. 3x NFR qualifier Bret Beach shares his involvement in youth team roping and how to achieve success in heading and heeling.
Posted: Monday, March 23, 2020
#40 World Champion Cowboy Shane Hanchey and Professional Rodeo Announcer Anthony Lucia | NFR Extra Podcast
We catch up with World Champion Cowboy Shane Hanchey to see what he's doing during this downtime and reflect on his successful 2019 season. Talented Professional Rodeo Announcer Anthony Lucia shares how he got his break in the rodeo business and how it's flourished from there.
Posted: Friday, March 06, 2020
President of Las Vegas Events, Pat Christenson, joins the show to share his upbringing in Wisconsin, his experience becoming an NCAA Wrestling champion, Vegas in the 80s with opening Thomas Mack Center and Las Vegas Events then-and-now.
Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2020
#38 Legendary bull rider and Snapchatter, Dale Brisby and VP Corporate Marketing of LVE Bo Gardner | NFR Extra Podcast
It's Rodeo Time on NFR Extra with Dale Brisby joining the show. He shares his 2019 highlights and plans for 2020 and beyond. We get to know Bo Gardner, Vice President Corporate Marketing of LVE from his upbringing near Buckeye Lake in Ohio, competing in the AQHA World Finals at Ohio State and his arrival in Las Vegas.
Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
#37 World Champion Team Roper Wesley Thorp and 2x World Champion Team Roper Clay Smith | NFR Extra Podcast
Team roping, team roping, team roping, and more team roping. 2x World Champion Team Roper Clay Smith gives us a 101 lesson about team roping, his 2019 gold buckle run, and roping on the Jay Leno show. We talk to World Champion Team Roper Wesley Thorp about winning his first gold buckle and the business of team roping partners.
Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2020
#36 World Champion Tie-down Roper Haven Meged and 2x World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Zeke Thurston | NFR Extra Podcast
Champions month continues with World Champion Tie-down Roper Haven Meged talks about balancing college and becoming a world champ as a rookie. 2x World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Zeke Thurston chats with us about growing up around rodeo in Canada and his journey winning his second world title.
Posted: Friday, February 07, 2020
#35 6x World Champion Bull Rider Sage Kimzey and Wrangler NFR Barrel Racer Emily Miller | NFR Extra Podcast
We open 2020 with 6x world champ bull rider Sage Kimzey as he shares his historic run during the 2019 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and his big plans for 2020. NFR barrel racer Emily Miller joins the show to talk about her experience winning the first round in her first NFR.
Posted: Friday, February 07, 2020
We look back at the 2019 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and revisit our conversations with Tuff Hedemann, Trevor Brazile, Dusty Tuckness, Billy Etbauer, Rob Smets, Katherine Merck, Alexis Bloomer, Don Gay, Joe Beaver, Ote Berry, K.C. Jones and many more.
Posted: Saturday, December 14, 2019
#33 8x World Champion Bull Rider and ProRodeo Hall of Famer Donnie Gay and 11x NFR Bullfighter Dusty Tuckness | NFR Extra Podcast
8x World Champion Bull Rider and ProRodeo Hall of Famer Donnie Gay returns to the show to talk about Sage Kimzey's world title run and the mental and physical challenges of repeating as a world champion bull rider. 11x NFR Bullfighter Dusty Tuckness joins the show to share his experience growing up in a rodeo family, his first NFR experience in the dirt, and the mindfulness of a bullfighter.
Posted: Friday, December 13, 2019
#32 Bloomer Trailers CEO Randy Bloomer and 4x World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider and ProRodeo Hall of Famer Clint Johnson | NFR Extra Podcast
4x World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider and ProRodeo Hall of Famer Clint Johnson joins the show to talk about the evolution of saddle bronc riding, how saddles have changed over the years and the hospitality of Benny Binion. Owner of Bloomer Trailers Randy Bloomer comes on the show to share the beginning of Bloomer Trailers, his relationship with 5x World Champion Bull Rider Sage Kimzey, and surviving the plane crash.
Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2019
#31 25x World Champion Cowboy Trevor Brazile and David Motes World Champion Team Roper | NFR Extra Podcast
We find out what Trevor Brazile has been up to since retiring from rodeo competition, the challenges of winning his first and last gold buckle, and what it's like being part of a family with lots of gold buckles. World Champion Team Roper David Motes talks about going from Oklahoma City to Las Vegas, winning a gold buckle with brother Dennis and watching his son Ryan Motes chase that December gold.
Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2019
#30 5x World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider and ProRodeo Hall of Famer Billy Etbauer and 5x Wrangler World Bullfight Champ and ProRodeo Hall of Famer Rob Smets | NFR Extra Podcast
We catch up with five-time World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Billy Etbauer to talk about 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. Five-time Wrangler World Bullfight Champ and ProRodeo Hall of Famer Rob Smets took us down memory lane when he was a part of the greatest era ever of bull riding with Lane Frost and Tuff Hedeman and gives us a lesson in bullfighting 101.
Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Kenny Petet, the Swiss Army Knife of Rodeo, shares the start of his rodeo career as a clown with hall of fame stock contractor Neal Gay at the Mesquite Championship Rodeo in Texas, behinds the scenes of NFR production and his monkey 3x PRCA Act of the Year Whiplash.
Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2019
8x World Champion and ProRodeo Hall of Famer Joe Beaver return to the podcast to talk about his record rookie run when NFR came to Las Vegas, retirement, being on television and his father's mentorship in rodeo.
Posted: Monday, December 09, 2019
John Growney, Owner of the Growney Brothers Rodeo Company and 4x World Champion and ProRodeo Hall of Fame Saddle Bronc Rider Brad Gjermundson | NFR Extra Podcast
A living legend among stock contractors and owner of the Growney Brothers Rodeo Company, John Growney joins the show to talk about his and Don Kish’s notorious Red Rock, 1988 Challenge of Champions and his dear friend Lane Frost. Four-time world champion, Brad Gjermundson takes us back to the first year the National Finals Rodeo moved to Las Vegas, the business of being a rodeo contestant and growing up a saddle bronc rider.
Posted: Sunday, December 08, 2019
4x World Champion and ProRodeo Hall of Fame bull rider Tuff Hedeman and Miss Rodeo America 2016, Katherine Merck | NFR Extra Podcast
We catch up with Tuff Hedeman to chat about the early days of NFR in Las Vegas, Jim Sharp, and Sage Kimzey comparison and riding Bodacious. We also get to hang with Katherine Merck to talk about the success that follows winning Miss Rodeo America in 2016, rodeo timing, her love for roughstock events and Christmas ornaments.
Posted: Saturday, December 07, 2019
PRCA Pro Official Allan Jordan and Journalist, Producer, Author and Entrepreneur, Alexis Bloomer | NFR Extra Podcast
We talk to PRCA Pro Official Allan Jordan about his time as a rodeo judge and why the best man winning is vitally important to the rodeo business and competition. We discuss the relationship between the NFL and PRCA officials and protecting the rights of animals. Award-Winning Journalist, Producer, Author and Entrepreneur and Host of Spotlight: Girl Talk Podcast, Alexis Bloomer joins the show to talk about growing up as a Bloomer, her passion for writing books for the empowerment of young people and her bond with 5x World Champ Bull Rider, Sage Kimzey.
Posted: Friday, December 06, 2019
4x World Champion Steer Wrestler and ProRodeo Hall of Famer Ote Berry and 9x Wrangler NFR steer wrestling qualifier KC Jones | NFR Extra Podcast
We catch up with KC for the opening round of the 2019 Wrangler NFR. He shares his favorite NFR moments while competing in Las Vegas from 2002 to 2015 and how winning the American in 2015 changed his life. Plus, we get the 411 on Rodeo Guess and Pro Fantasy Rodeo. Ote takes us back to 1985 when he won his first gold buckle and average crown the first year the NFR was held in Vegas. He talks about why he gives back to youth rodeo and the importance of mentoring young bulldoggers like 2x World Champion Steer Wrestler Tyler Waguespack.
Posted: Thursday, November 28, 2019
We carved up a nice one on this episode with all the Thanksgiving fixings. Round-Up President Randy Bracher explains the mission behind the Association of Rodeo Committees, his family's history in ranching and livestock at Pendleton Round-Up. We talk to TI Executive Chef Craig Taylor about country music and the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. Plus, he shares how Gilley's Saloon got started and how it has become a bucket list stop for rodeo fans.
Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Justin Rumford, the PRCA Clown of the Year every year since 2012, joins the show for a chat with NV and Rockin' Robbie Hodges on all things Rump. He shares what he's got going on with Boyd Gaming during the 2019 Wrangler NFR and the Rumford family's deep rodeo history. Plus what's his future plans are with rodeo.
Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
American country music singer Easton Corbin and American country music artist Andy Griggs | NFR Extra Podcast
We get to talk with country music singer Easton Corbin about how he got his start, gator hunting, performing at the NFR and the ultimate rodeo after-party Rodeo Vegas. Country music artist Andy Griggs talks about some of his special guests joining him for Keepin’ It Country at Cowboy Christmas and the challenges filling in for the late Daryle Singletary. Plus, he shares why singers fear singing the national anthem.
Posted: Wednesday, November 06, 2019
2012 Wrangler NFR Barrelman JJ Harrison and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Vice President of Marketing, Steve Decker | NFR Extra Podcast
2012 Wrangler NFR Barrelman JJ Harrison joins the show to give us the 411 on all great happenings at MGM. He gives us the full NFR Experience from the Gold Buckle Zone to hanging with George Strait at the Losers Bar. Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Vice President of Marketing, Steve Decker makes a surprise visit on the podcast talking about the connection between hunting, county music and rodeo. Plus, Steve gives us the two-minute elevator pitch on the RMEF Hunter & Outdoor Christmas and all the great things happening there.
Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2019
VP Corporate Marketing of Las Vega Events and general manager of the Junior World Finals, Bo Gardner and Aaron T. Ferguson - Founder & CEO - Bullfighters Only
VP Corporate Marketing of Las Vegas Events and general manager of the Junior World Finals, Bo Gardner, rejoins the show to share what’s happening at Cowboy Christmas from the Rodeo Houston Live Stage to the Rodeo Wrangler Arena. Plus, Bo talks about the relationship between the Wrangler NFR and the Las Vegas Hotels. We speak to Aaron T. Ferguson - Founder & CEO - Bullfighters Only about the roots of BFO, their growing fan base, and what the connection is with extreme sports.
Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Ryan Growney, South Point general manager, talks about what's on tap at Vegas Cowboy Central during the 2019 Wrangler NFR. Plus, he gives a history lesson on Michael Gaughan's legacy taking care of the cowboys from the Gold Coast to South Point.
Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2019
We spend a Nashville second with American singer-songwriter, Charlie Daniels as he shares his love for rodeo and why the fiddle is his go-to musical instrument. 8x World Champ Donnie Gay joins the show to talk about all things bull riding and the impact on rodeo when the NFR moved from Oklahoma City to Las Vegas.
Posted: Wednesday, October 09, 2019
Downtown Las Vegas visionary and owner of The D Las Vegas and the Golden Gate casino, Derek Stevens | NFR Extra Podcast
Downtown visionary and owner of The D Las Vegas and the Golden Gate casino, Derek Stevens talks about Downtown Las Vegas during the Wrangler NFR and what he has planned for this year. Plus, he shares his newest project in Downtown Las Vegas, Circa Resort & Casino.
Posted: Wednesday, October 02, 2019
2019 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) Coach of the Year, Ben Londo and 2018 Resistol Rookie of the Year, Clayton Sellars | NFR Extra Podcast
2019 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) Coach of the Year, Ben Londo joins the show to talk about the college rodeo experience from A to Z. 2018 Resistol Rookie of the Year, Clayton Sellars shares his experience going from winning rookie of the year to making his first Wrangler NFR.
Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Rockin’ Robbie Hodges gets the show rocking with how he began his career as a barrel man and his first NFR experience. 8x World Champ Joe Beaver talks about his involvement in the youth rodeo circuit and his journey from world champ to pro rodeo tv commentator.
Posted: Thursday, September 05, 2019
American Texas country music singer-songwriter, Cody Johnson and Legendary bull rider and snapchatter, Dale Brisby | NFR Extra Podcast
We catch up with country music singer-songwriter Cody Johnson. He shares how his journey began from working in the prison yard to performing at the Ryman and how his road to the Wrangler NFR is a little different. Dale Brisby joins the show for a second time with insight on why rodeo committees are the backbone of the sport and how the impact of social media exposure is good for rodeo business.
Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2019
9x NFR qualifier KC Jones and 2017 National High School Rodeo Steer Wrestling Champion Tucker Allen | NFR Extra Podcast
9x NFR qualifier, KC Jones makes his second appearance on NFR Extra to talk about his new app RodeoGuess and how it brings the fans closer to the rodeo action. KC talks about the evolution of Rodeo Vegas at The Mirage Hotel And Casino and what the future holds for rodeo. Tucker Allen, 2017 National High School Rodeo Steer Wrestling Champion joins the show. Tucker shares his experience going from the youth circuit to the pros and training with his mentor 5x World Champ, Luke Branquinho.
Posted: Wednesday, August 07, 2019
2014 world champion barrel racer Fallon Taylor and 2016 tie-down world champion Tyson Durfey | NFR Extra Podcast
On this episode of NFR Extra, world champion Fallon Taylor shares her deep thoughts on how she went from strutting the runways of New York to racing out of the Thomas & Mack Center tunnel. We get a better understanding of the Fallon Taylor brand and how her fans and horses define it. Tyson Durfey gives his perspective on the power of gratitude and the journey to becoming a champion. He talks about the power of healing through social media and connecting those that need help.
Posted: Wednesday, July 24, 2019
This week's episode we talk to a young man currently leading the all-around world standings, rough stock cowboy Stetson Wright. He gives us his insight on the difference between bull and saddle bronc riding and how he studies yesterday and today's champions.
We go behind the scenes of the stock contractor business with Kirsten Vold owner Vold Rodeo Company and daughter to one of the few rodeo legends - Harry Vold. Plus Kirsten explains why Painted Valley is "Pennies from Heaven."
Posted: Tuesday, July 09, 2019
Wrangler NFR announcer, Wayne Brooks gives us a Reno Rodeo wrap-up, We get the 411 on barrels racing and newly added event pole bending at the 2019 Junior World Finals with 2x World Champ and Junior World Finals producer, Kelly Kaminski. Lastly, World Champ and PRCA Chairman Contestant Director, Jacobs Crawley talks Cowboy Christmas, NFR and brotherly love.
Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2019
This week’s episode we catch up with Roger Mooney NFR announcer and Jeff Medders owner of Geronimo productions. 24x gold buckle winner Trevor Brazile talks about what it’s like not being on the rodeo road 24/7 and Jeff Chadwick with Wrangler shares his Wrangler® National Patriot™ program experience.
Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2019
We catch up with rodeo announcer and Wrangler NFR General Manager of Production, Boyd Polhamus at the College National Finals Rodeo. 5x Wrangler NFR steer wrestler qualifier Dakota Eldridge talks chasing the gold buckle in Las Vegas. We check in with Reno General Manager George Combs preparing for the 100th anniversary of Reno Rodeo.
Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Bob Tallman, Tyler Waguespack, Hailey Kinsel, Wade Sundell, Susan Kanode and Don Gay | NFR Extra Podcast
We talk to 23x Wrangler NFR announcer, Bob Tallman about Reno Rodeo's 100th anniversary plus the health of the cowboy on the road to the Wrangler NFR. We get the current mindset of world champs Tyler Waguespack, Hailey Kinsel and Wade Sundell at the 2019 Wrangler NFR photoshoot on the Las Vegas Strip. NFR Insider, Susan Kanode joins the show to get the 411 on the College National Finals Rodeo past, present and bright future. Maria Prekeges interviews 8x bull riding world champ Don Gay.
Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
We catch up with rodeo announcer and ProRodeo hall-of-famer Randy Corley to talk world standings current state of affairs. The most famous barrel-man in the sport of rodeo and all-around showman, Flint Rasmussen joins the show, and Maria Prekeges hangs with 2015 World Champ and 8 x NFR Qualifier Jacobs Crawley.
Posted: Wednesday, May 01, 2019
Andy Seiler, Steve Goedert, Tuf Cooper, Shawn Davis, James Miller and Nellie Miller | NFR Extra Podcast
Switching gears to the junior rodeo circuit on this episode for Bo's Bull and talking to rodeo announcers Andy Seiler and Steve Goedert, the guys who bring the magic together for the Junior Word Finals. 4x world champ Tuf Cooper joins us on the show to talk about his influence with the Junior Word Finals and how's he feeling about adding a fifth world title to his trophy case. Maria Prekeges interviews the great Shawn Davis on what's next after building the NFR empire and James Miller and Nellie Miller talk about the tradition behind the Red-Bluff Round Up and Nellie's quest to repeat as a world champ.
Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
The pro-rodeo circuit is just heating up with more than 25 rodeos taking place in the month April and we'll check the current temperature of the competition with rodeo announcer Roger Mooney. Maria Prekeges interviews rodeo power couple Sherry Cervi and Cory Petska as they shared the ups and the downs, they go through traveling on the road. Bo and NV talk to innovative founder, CEO & visionary entrepreneur and 9x NFR qualifier, KC Jones who is growing the rodeo, cowboy and western life culture through community & technology. Finally, we check in with 4x world champ Kaycee Feild to see how he's healing after Rodeo Austin and how he's feeling with his current place in the standings compared to last year.
Posted: Wednesday, April 03, 2019
Wayne Brooks, Kyle Irwin, Ty Erickson, Tyler Pearson, Tyler Waguespack and Dale Brisby | NFR Extra Podcast
Wayne Brooks breaks down Austin Rodeo’s playoff format and make some early NFR predictions, Dale Brisby shares insight to 3 of his favorite things about the NFR, and Maria Prekeges sits down with four of the premier bull-doggers in pro rodeo today ...4x NFR qualifier Kyle Irwin, 5x NFR qualifier Ty Erickson, The 2017 World Champ Tyler Pearson and 2x World Champ Tyler Waguespack. They share a special bond and it starts with 2018 AQHA Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year, Scooter.
Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Boyd Polhamus, Trevor Brazile, Bob Tallman, Keith Martin, Maria Prekeges and Susan Kanode | NFR Extra Podcast
With hosts Bo Gardner and Nevada Colwell at the helm, NFR Extra will bring the color directly to you.
Coming right out of the chutes we have Bo’s Bull, where Bo and Nevada catch up with Boyd Polhamus to address the early rodeo season, including the action at RodeoHouston and San Antonio, as well as what’s happening in the rodeo universe.
Right after that, we chat with Maria Prekeges – known affectionately as the “Greek Goddess” – to share her perspective on the collection of interviews recorded this past December at Cowboy Christmas. These interviews will be the centerpiece of NFR Extra each and every episode. First up, we are rolling interviews with the following legends and heavy hitters:
- Bob Tallman, legendary rodeo announcer
- Trevor Brazile, 24-time PRCA World Champion
- Keith Martin, San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo and member of the ProRodeo Hall of fame
Finally, we couldn’t call this an NFR podcast without Susan Kanode, our NFR Insider blogger. Susan has covered the sport of rodeo for more than 30 years and she is still cranking out rodeo stories like hot cakes. Later in this episode she shares her new narrative for 2019, entitled Rodeo Ink.
Hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed putting it together!