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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, 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.