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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: 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: Tuesday, August 25, 2020
PBR CEO Sean Gleason joins NFR Extra to talk about navigating live events during the pandemic well before NHL and NBA, the history of PBR, precisely who is their fan, and a lot more.
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.
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.