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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: 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.
Posted: Tuesday, September 08, 2020
American singer-songwriter Aaron Watson visits NFR Extra to chat about parenting tactics during the pandemic, musical influences, his relationship with rodeo, Route 91 and performing in Las Vegas.
Posted: Friday, August 28, 2020
PRCA CEO George Taylor visits NFR Extra to give us more details on the recent 2020 Wrangler NFR announcement. We get to hang out with actor, roper, philanthropist James Pickens Jr. to talk about his foundation, falling in love with rodeo at forty years old and the meaning of giving back to at-risk youth.
Posted: Thursday, August 13, 2020
This episode is all country music from streets of Compton, California, to Nashville up to Alberta Canada. Canadian roots-country singer/songwriter Corb Lund joins NFR Extra to share how six generations of cowboy heritage ties into his style of music and road stories from Australia. American country music artist Shane Minor talks about his journey as a police officer in Compton to writing No. 1 singles in Nashville.
Posted: Thursday, August 06, 2020
5X World Champion Steer Wrestler Luke Branquinho joins NFR Extra for our Rodeo is Life segment. Luke shares his family life during the pandemic, growing up as a rancher, his incredible gold buckle runs, balancing Type 1 Diabetes, and a lot more.
Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2020
#57 2x Barrel Racing Champion Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi and Stock Contractor Mesa Pate | NFR Extra Podcast
Brittany Tonozzi visits NFR Extra to talk about managing family and a thriving horse program, winning at San Angelo and San Antonio plus words of advice to grow in the rodeo industry. Mesa shares how she fell in love with the bucking bull business at a young age, the famous bull Highway 12 and her family bloodline in rodeo.
Posted: Friday, July 17, 2020
CEO of the WPRA Doreen Wintermute joins NFR Extra to share her journey, development of the WPRA, challenges of the pandemic and every barrel racer’s favorite topic THE DIRT plus a lot more.
Posted: Monday, July 13, 2020
We're hanging out with The Powell Brothers, the Texas country-rock band on the rise to talk about breaking into the business and jamming what Cody Johnson during the pandemic. Plus, country music singer Easton Corbin shares how he got his start, gator hunting, performing at the NFR and the ultimate rodeo after-party.
Posted: Wednesday, July 08, 2020
Where the NFL had Hank Williams, the NFR had Charlie Daniels. This man of great faith and conviction found a home in Las Vegas. He loved performing at the NFR and there was always an added level of energy any night Daniels was at the Thomas & Mack Center. He would spend time prior to the dirt action shaking hands and taking photos with many of the competitors. He was larger than life and a true one-of-a-kind. As Trevor Brazile said, “They don’t make them like that anymore.” There aren’t a lot of folks who strike awe in a world-class rodeo competitor, but Daniels was one of them. The respect was shared between country legend and the rodeo stars. His songs and presence will be missed by fans, competitors and event organizers.
Posted: Friday, July 03, 2020
George Taylor has built a reputation as a big-picture thinker who can manage and inspire people on a day-to-day basis. His positive, forward-thinking personality makes him uniquely qualified to lead a large and diverse organization like the PRCA. He shares what the day to day operations look like for PRCA and the outlook for the rest of the 2020 pro rodeo season.
Posted: Thursday, July 02, 2020
Karin Rosser from Flying U Rodeo Company. We talk to Karin about growing up as a rodeo queen, falling in love with Cotton Rosser, her involvement with NFR in the early days of Las Vegas, and much more. Chris Cox talks to us about his definition of success in the horse business. He demonstrates, with dedication and mutual respect, to achieve a versatile and willing partnership between horse and human. If you love horses, then you will enjoy our conversation with Chris on NFR Extra.
Posted: Thursday, June 25, 2020
3 x world champion Tim O’Connell joins NFR Extra for our Rodeo is Life segment. Tim breaks down the art of bareback riding second by second, winning each world title, wrestling to rodeo, athletes of the industry and much much more.
Posted: Wednesday, June 17, 2020
#51 NFR Extra Chris Boleman president and CEO of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and Clinton Anderson from Downunder Horsemanship | NFR Extra Podcast
Dr. Chris Boleman, the new president and CEO of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, talks about his pre and post-pandemic experience on the new job plus his passion for educating the youth about agriculture. Clinton Anderson from Downunder Horsemanship shares his unique training method, the price of success and more.
Posted: Sunday, June 14, 2020
Bill Neff, Vice President of Consumer Marketing at YETI, joins the show to answer questions from NFR fans about YETI, the brand, product development and more.
Posted: Thursday, June 04, 2020
#49 Steve Stallworth General Manager of The South Point Arena & Equestrian Center | NFR Extra Podcast
As Las Vegas begins to reopen, so are live sports. Out of the chute is The South Point Arena & Equestrian Center hosting the PBR Monster Energy Team Challenge featuring 48 of the world's top professional bull riders, including 2019 Bull Riding World Champion Sage Kimzey and 2019 All-Around Champion Stetson Wright. So, what a better time to have Steve Stallworth General Manager of The South Point Arena & Equestrian Center join NFR Extra. We talk about Steve's beginnings in the Las Vegas community, his involvement in the evolution of Las Vegas entertainment and its venues, Michael Gaughan, and a lot more.
Posted: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
#48 Darrell, aka “The NFR Dirt Guy,” Moser and Allie Burget, 2x Wrangler NFR national anthem contest winner | NFR Extra Podcast
Darrell, aka “The NFR Dirt Guy,” Moser joins the show to give us the dirt on the NFR grounds and what makes it so unique at the Thomas and Mack Center. Allie Burget, 2x Wrangler NFR national anthem contest winner, talks about performing at the super bowl of rodeo and meeting Shania Twain there.
Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2020
#47 2X World Champ and Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer Jack Roddy and PRCA bullfighter Cody Webster | NFR Extra Podcast
2X World Champ and Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer Jack Roddy joins NFR Extra to share his journey as a young cowboy on is way to becoming a world champion and blazing a trail in the rodeo industry. PRCA bullfighter Cody Webster talks about his passion for raising his fighting bulls and developing a school for young bullfighters.
Posted: Monday, May 04, 2020
#46 4X Wrangler NFR Qualifier Barrel Racer Stevi Hillman and Wrangler NFR Qualifier Bull Rider Trevor Reiste | NFR Extra Podcast
4X Wrangler NFR Qualifier Barrel Racer Stevi Hillman talks about how her passion for horses got her involved in the rodeo business and her success at the American before the quarantine. Wrangler NFR Qualifier Bull Rider Trevor Reiste shares how he became an ambidextrous bull rider and his love for racing horses.
Posted: Monday, April 27, 2020
#45 3X Wrangler NFR Qualifier Brody Cress and Lacie DeMers from the Junior Roughstock World Finals | NFR Extra Podcast
3X Wrangler NFR Qualifier Brody Cress talks about what he's doing during the quarantine and reflects on his sweet run at the 2019 Wrangler NFR. Lacie DeMers from the Junior Roughstock World Finals gives us a recap of the 2019 Junior World Finals and the importance of youth development for the future of bronc riding.
Posted: Monday, April 20, 2020
#44 PRCA bullfighter 'Blue' Jeanes and Alyssa Leal from Leal's Junior Bull Riding Championship | NFR Extra Podcast
PRCA bullfighter 'Blue' Jeanes joins NFR Extra to reflect on his career and his passion for bullfighting. Alyssa Leal talks about the 2019 Junior World Finals, the business of junior bull riding, and how Leal's Junior Bull Riding Championship got started.
Posted: Monday, April 13, 2020
#43 4x World Champion Bareback Rider Kaycee Feild and 4x World Champion-Pro Rodeo HOF Steer Wrestler Ote Berry | NFR Extra Podcast
4x World Champion Bareback Rider Kaycee Feild talks about what he's doing during the quarantine, reflects on his 2019 run and USO Wrangler National Patriot Memorial Day Tour. 4x World Champion and Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer Steer Wrestler Ote Berry shares his love of giving back to rodeo with youth steer wrestling and what got him into to pulling down steers.
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.