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, 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® 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’s 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.

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.

Posted: Wednesday, May 19, 2021

#93 ProRodeo Hall of Famers Donnie Gay and Joe Beaver | NFR Extra Podcast

As we march towards our one-hundredth episode, we dig back into our NFR Extra vault with an episode loaded with 16 gold buckles and two hall-famers. 8x World Champion Bull Rider Donnie Gay talks about the mental and physical challenges of repeating as a world champion bull rider and 8x World Cham Joe Beaver shares his record rookie run when NFR came to Las Vegas, retirement and his transition to television.

Posted: Tuesday, May 04, 2021

#92 5X NFR Bull Riding Qualifier Joe Frost | NFR Extra Podcast

He hails from a long line of pro rodeo athletes named Frost and His mantel is littered with buckles and awards, including the coveted Bill Linderman Memorial Award. While many bull riders feed off of adrenaline-rushed schedules and lifestyles, steadiness seems to suit NFR bull riding qualifier Joe Frost. Joe visits NFR Extra to talk about his early retirement and reflect on his successful career in the rodeo industry.

Posted: Wednesday, April 28, 2021

#91 WPRA World Champ Barrel Racer Fallon Taylor and PRCA World Champ Tie-down Roper Tyson Durfey | NFR Extra Podcast

We go back into our NFR Extra vault with WPRA champion barrel racer Fallon Taylor and PRCA world champ tie-down roper Tyson Durfey. We listen as Fallon and Tyson share their journey to becoming a champion and the power of healing through social media and connecting to those in need of help.

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2021

#90 Founder and president of the Cowboy Channel and RFD-TV Patrick Gottsch | NFR Extra Podcast

In the past, fans had few chances to watch rodeo throughout the year, much less live. Thanks to Patrick Gottsch and The Cowboy Channel, you now can watch rodeo year-round. Introduction of The Cowboy Channel Plus app in 2020 connected fans with their favorite PRCA competitions and athletes, as well as behind-the-scenes access to live-streamed rodeos. With us today is the man that made all that happen, Patrick Gottsch.

Posted: Tuesday, March 30, 2021

#89 NFR General Manager Allen Rheinheimer | NFR Extra Podcast

He doesn’t wear the cowboy hat… Or the boots, but don’t let that fool you. Next to Shawn Davis, no one knows more about NFR production than Allen Rheinheimer. In 2000, after working with Allen at the FEI World Cup Jumping Finals which Las Vegas events produced, Shawn Davis recruited him to join the production team at NFR.   Since then, he has been a fixture backstage, working in and around every piece of production. And now he is the boss1.

Posted: Wednesday, March 24, 2021

#88 American singer-songwriter Bret Michaels | NFR Extra Podcast

Bret Michaels from the rock band Poison joins NFR Extra to share his journey as an 80s rock and roll icon, Rockin reality TV, going all-in on country music to navigating the pandemic.

Posted: Tuesday, March 16, 2021

#87 2X World Champ Steer Wrestler Hunter Cure | NFR Extra Podcast

Valentine's Day 2021 was one for the history books, and if love was in the air, for many across the southern United States, it was frozen. Two-time world champion steer wrestler Hunter Cure was badly injured at a qualifier event for RFD-TV's The American Rodeo. He had been recuperating and depending on others to help take care of his cattle at home. He had no idea how much that help would benefit him as the cold settled in. Hunter shares his Snowmaggedon story, family life, superstitions, and a lot more.

Posted: Monday, March 08, 2021

#86 NFR Pickup Man Brent Sutton and Nashville Recording Artist Ashland Craft | NFR Extra Podcast

What a long three hundred and sixty-five days it has been since March 2020. Guests that have appeared on NFR Extra have made the best of times, including NFR pickup man Brent Sutton and Nashville recording artist Ashland Craft. Brent shares following his father's footsteps, Steve Sutton, who was selected to pickup at the National Finals Rodeo five times. Ashland talks about emerging Top 10 stint on NBC's The Voice and becoming one of the most exciting new voices in Country music.

Posted: Tuesday, March 02, 2021

#85 ProRodeo Hall of Famer Dave Appleton | NFR Extra Podcast

IT'S BEEN a fantastic ride for World Champion and ProRodeo Hall of Famer Dave Appleton, the Queensland kid who wanted to be a jockey but became a world champion all-round cowboy. Appleton shares his experience competing against reigning three-time all-around champion Lewis Field, his love for the racehorse business, pioneering the PRCA patch program and being much more than an actual cowboy.

Posted: Monday, February 22, 2021

#84 NFR Barrel Racer Emily Miller-Beisel | NFR Extra Podcast

NFR barrel racer Emily Miller-Beisel had a bizarro 2020 like everyone else except hers came with a diamond ring and winning a few rounds at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Texas. Emily shares her horse Chango‘s NFR Texas experience and, of course, her own. Plus, fitting a relationship into ranching, racing and dental hygiene.

Posted: Monday, February 15, 2021

#83 5X World Champ Bareback Rider Kaycee Feild | NFR Extra Podcast

Third time is a charm. Kaycee Feild returns to NFR Extra to talk about his historic run at the NFR, capturing his fifth gold buckle, lifetime obligation to the US military and performing at the Thomas & Mack. Plus a lot more.

Posted: Sunday, February 07, 2021

#82 Wrangler NFR World Champ Colby Lovell| NFR Extra Podcast

If ever we had an episode that embodied a TED Talk, this is it. World champ team roper Colby Lovell takes us deep into the heart of a champion and the sacrifice it takes to get there. He took a few years off from pro rodeo and came back in 2020 with a focus to win the elusive gold buckle. Colby shares his journey back to rodeo and becoming a world champ.

Posted: Sunday, January 31, 2021

#81 NFR contestants Jacob Edler and Shane Hanchey| NFR Extra Podcast

Steer wrestler Jacob Edler moved from ninth place to first to win his first world championship at his first NFR. That's a lot of firsts!!! Edler shares his NFR dream that changed his course, steer wrestler brotherhood, and more. At the 2020 Wrangler NFR, Cajun Shane Hanchey battled young tie-down roping superstar Shad Mayfield down to the last tenth of a second for the World Title. Shane shares his Texas NFR experience, the Cowboy Channel's impact on the popularity of rodeo and trains. vb7VhRrXQVsnRwD7w5C8vb7VhRrXQVsnRwD7w5C8vb7VhRrXQVsnRwD7w5C8vb7VhRrXQVsnRwD7w5C8

Posted: Sunday, January 24, 2021

#80 NFR contestants Jess Pope and Colten Fritzlan | NFR Extra Podcast

We start 2021 with NFR contestants Jess Pope and Colten Fritzlan, and their 2020 NFR was anything but average, no pun. Jess shares his yearlong journey to the 2020 Wrangler NFR and competing against the best at his first NFR while winning the average in bareback. Colten set 3 goals in 2020, make the NFR ✅, finish in the top three in the world ✅, and win PRCA Resistol rookie of the year ✅ plus he won the average. Colton talks about the mental approach that got him to Arlington and his weirdest fears.

Posted: Wednesday, December 23, 2020

#79 Classic Christmas stories with Andy Seiler, Steve Goedert and Brilynn Bentley | NFR Extra Podcast

No rodeo talk or country music – we've done that plenty all year long. How about an episode with Christmas cheer and a very merry ending.

Enjoy these classic Christmas stories with Andy Seiler reading 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, Goedert doing How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and The Polar Express with Brilynn Bentley.

Posted: Saturday, December 12, 2020

#78 NFR Insider Susan Kanode and NFR Music Director Benje Bendele | NFR Extra Podcast

NFR Insider, Susan Kanode, visits NFR Extra. She talks about the blessing of 2020 Wrangler NFR coming to the DFW area in the absence of the canceled 2021 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo and how NFR contestants Hunter Herrin and Colby Lovell faced adversity dealing with injuries and personal loss. Plus, the uprising of the young bull riders Ky Hamilton, Ty Wallace, and Colten Fritzlan. We go behind the scenes with music director Benje Bendele how he choreographs the music that fills the rodeo arena of the Thomas & Mack Center and this year at Arlington Stadium. He breaks down his music preparation process for events, contestants, and memorable moments for each night of the Wrangler NFR. Benje shares why he truly has the best seat in the house for the rodeo.

Posted: Thursday, December 10, 2020

#77 David Corlew Manager CDB, Inc. | NFR Extra Podcast

While Charlie Daniels is no longer with us, he is still felt throughout the NFR with his voice and music and the people he's touched. Daniels has been recognized in the National Finals Rodeo's iconic Sunday Performance, otherwise known as Memorial Night. Charlie himself has performed many times that Sunday performance remembering cowboys that have passed expressing his love for rodeo. There have tributes far and wide recognizing Mr. Daniels since his passing, and we reflect with his long-time manager, David Corlew.

Posted: Tuesday, December 08, 2020

#76 Professional Rodeo Announcer Steve Kenyon | NFR Extra Podcast

Steve Kenyon joins NFR Extra to share his start in the rodeo industry behind the microphone, the rodeo rollercoaster the past nine months and covering the NFR in Texas.

Posted: Sunday, December 06, 2020

#75 UMP Nashville songwriter Shane Minor | NFR Extra Podcast

Shane Minor is currently one of Universal Music Publishing Nashville’s most prestigious writers. He not only writes but mentors newly signed artists. Minor is also an award-winning member of BMI Nashville. He returns to NFR Extra to talk about his new concept Cowboy Revival at Cowboy Christmas, Charlie Daniels, and much more.

Posted: Sunday, December 06, 2020

#74 Wrangler NFR Bullfighter Nate Jestes and Miss Rodeo America 2020-21 Jordan Tierney | NFR Extra Podcast

Nate talks about his Wolverine-like healing powers plus skipping college and flying the friendly skies for bullfighting. Jordan Tierney reminisces her not your typical year for Miss Rodeo America and a little calving out in the offseason.

Posted: Saturday, December 05, 2020

#73 3x Wrangler NFR Qualifier Jacob Talley and American country music artist Glen Templeton | NFR Extra Podcast

Jacob shares how his injury in 2018 contributed to him having the best year of his career. Glen talks about portraying Conway Twitty in a musical lead to his success and the difference between Nashville and Texas music scenes

Posted: Friday, November 27, 2020

#72 NFR General Manager Glen Alan Phillips | NFR Extra Podcast

Glen Alan Phillips joins NFR Extra. He talks about his livestock and rodeo production industry experience and his mentors' influence on his career.  Plus, his adventure taking on the Super Bowl of rodeo for his first year as general manager of the Wrangler NFR during the pandemic.

Posted: Friday, November 20, 2020

#71 American Singer-Songwriter Cody Johnson | NFR Extra Podcast

Warner Music Nashville recording artist Cody Johnson visits NFR Extra. The former amateur bull rider turned country music star talks about balancing stardom and family, how his music is so symbiotic with rodeo, performing in his backyard in Texas for the Wrangler NFR, and a lot more.

Posted: Friday, November 13, 2020

#70 Rodeo Entertainer Extraordinaire Flint Rasmussen| NFR Extra Podcast

Flint Rasmussen, rodeo entertainer extraordinaire, joins NFR Extra. Flint shares his thoughts on the Wrangler NFR and PBR Finals in Arlington, Texas, and his experience the past eight months. He also talks about growing up in the rodeo industry and his successful career's highs and lows.

Posted: Friday, November 06, 2020

#69 Founder and president of the Cowboy Channel and RFD-TV Patrick Gottsch | NFR Extra Podcast

Patrick Gottsch, the man behind RFD-TV and the Cowboy Channel, joins NFR Extra. Patrick shares his path from growing up in rural America to running the most prominent media group in the Western lifestyle. He talks about the silver lining with the PRCA deal and the pandemic plus Cowboy Channels plans for the Wrangler NFR in Texas.

Posted: Friday, October 30, 2020

#68 Junior World Finals general manager Bo Gardner and rodeo announcer/broadcaster Matt West | NFR Extra Podcast

General manager of the Junior World Finals and ex-cohost of NFR Extra, Bo Gardner, joins the show to talk about what’s happening with Cowboy Christmas in Fort Worth and the Junior World Finals taking center stage in the historic Cowtown Coliseum. We also hang out with rodeo announcer/broadcaster Matt West to discuss joining the Junior World Finals team and the unique ride he has been on since March.

Posted: Friday, October 16, 2020

#67 Pam Minick rodeo champion, former Miss Rodeo America and sports commentator | NFR Extra Podcast

"Atomic Blonde" Pam Minick joins NFR Extra to talk about her rodeo beginnings in Vegas and how she went from competing to broadcasting. Plus Billy Bob's Texas NFR after-party entertainment and the impact of Covid-19.

Posted: Friday, October 09, 2020

#66 Jeff Medders, President and GM of The Cowboy Channel and Pro Rodeo Announcer Andy Seiler | NFR Extra Podcast

As we countdown the road to Wrangler NFR in Arlington, we are blessed to have two special guests that play a significant role in bringing the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo together. President and general manager of The Cowboy Channel, Jeff Medders and PRCA Rodeo announcer Andy Seiler join NFR Extra.