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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, November 19, 2021
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.vb7VhRrXQVsnRwD7w5C8
Posted: Sunday, January 24, 2021
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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.
Posted: Friday, October 02, 2020
Lari Dee Guy joins NFR Extra to talk about the Inaugural 2020 Wrangler National Finals Breakaway Roping, women in rodeo, and adapting or die using today’s technology. Chancey Williams shares growing up in Moorcroft, Wyoming, as a saddle bronc rider to performing at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Posted: Friday, September 18, 2020
#64 Wrangler NFR pickup man Josh Edwards and American singer-songwriter Tracy Lawrence | NFR Extra Podcast
Josh Edwards is one of the very best pickup men in rodeo. He joins NFR Extra to talk about going from rodeo to stuntman, his favorite rodeo moments, and balancing life during these strange times. American singer-songwriter Tracy Lawrence talks about gardening, cooking, and performing during the pandemic plus more.
Posted: Thursday, September 10, 2020
#63 PRCA CEO George Taylor, World Champ Jacobs Crawley and 2X World Champ Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi | NFR Extra Podcast
This year and this year only, the Wrangler NFR will be hosted at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, to preserve a great experience for fans. PRCA CEO George Taylor, World Champion and PRCA Chairman of the Board Jacobs Crawley, and 2X World Champion Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi join NFR Extra to give a better perspective of this extraordinary move of rodeo's iconic annual event.