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.
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. The respect was shared between country legend and the rodeo stars. His songs and presence will be missed by fans, competitors and event organizers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
President of Las Vegas Events, Pat Christensen, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
KC shares how winning the American in 2015 changed his life and 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 the importance of mentoring young bulldoggers like 2x World Champion Steer Wrestler Tyler Waguespack.
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.
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.
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.
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. RMEF VP 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2019 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) Coach of the Year, Ben Londo joins the show to talk about the college rodeo experience from A to Z. 2018 Resistol Rookie of the Year, Clayton Sellars shares his experience going from winning rookie of the year to making his first Wrangler NFR.
Rockin’ Robbie Hodges gets the show rocking with how he began his career as a barrel man and his first NFR experience. 8x World Champ Joe Beaver talks about his involvement in the youth rodeo circuit and his journey from world champ to pro rodeo tv commentator.
We catch up with country music singer-songwriter Cody Johnson. He shares how his journey began from working in the prison yard to performing at the Ryman and how his road to the Wrangler NFR is a little different. Dale Brisby joins the show for a second time with insight on why rodeo committees are the backbone of the sport and how the impact of social media exposure are good for rodeo business.
9x NFR qualifier, KC Jones makes his second appearance on NFR Extra to talk about his new app RodeoGuess and how it brings the fans closer to the rodeo action. KC talks about the evolution of Rodeo Vegas at The Mirage Hotel And Casino and what the future holds for rodeo. Tucker Allen, 2017 National High School Rodeo Steer Wrestling Champion joins the show. Tucker shares his experience going from the youth circuit to the pros and training with his mentor 5x World Champ, Luke Branquinho.
On this episode of NFR Extra, world champion Fallon Taylor shares her deep thoughts on how she went from strutting the runways of New York to racing out of the Thomas & Mack Center tunnel. We get a better understanding of the Fallon Taylor brand and how her fans and horses define it. Tyson Durfey gives his perspective on the power of gratitude and the journey to becoming a champion. He talks about the power of healing through social media and connecting those that need help.
This week's episode we talk to a young man currently leading the all-around world standings, rough stock cowboy Stetson Wright. He gives us his insight on the difference between bull and saddle bronc riding and how he studies yesterday and today's champions.
We go behind the scenes of the stock contractor business with Kirsten Vold owner Vold Rodeo Company and daughter to one of the few rodeo legends - Harry Vold. Plus Kirsten explains why Painted Valley is "Pennies from Heaven."
Wrangler NFR announcer, Wayne Brooks gives us a Reno Rodeo wrap-up, We get the 411 on barrels racing and newly added event pole bending at the 2019 Junior World Finals with 2x World Champ and Junior World Finals producer, Kelly Kaminski. Lastly, World Champ and PRCA Chairman Contestant Director, Jacobs Crawley talks Cowboy Christmas, NFR and brotherly love.
This week’s episode we catch up with Roger Mooney NFR announcer and Jeff Medders owner of Geronimo productions. 24x gold buckle winner Trevor Brazile talks about what it’s like not being on the rodeo road 24/7 and Jeff Chadwick with Wrangler shares his Wrangler® National Patriot™ program experience.
We catch up with rodeo announcer and Wrangler NFR General Manager of Production, Boyd Polhamus at the College National Finals Rodeo. 5x Wrangler NFR steer wrestler qualifier Dakota Eldridge talks chasing the gold buckle in Las Vegas. We check in with Reno General Manager George Combs preparing for the 100th anniversary of Reno Rodeo.
We talk to 23x Wrangler NFR announcer, Bob Tallman about Reno Rodeo's 100th anniversary plus the health of the cowboy on the road to the Wrangler NFR. We get the current mindset of world champs Tyler Waguespack, Hailey Kinsel and Wade Sundell at the 2019 Wrangler NFR photoshoot on the Las Vegas Strip. NFR Insider, Susan Kanode joins the show to get the 411 on the College National Finals Rodeo past, present and bright future. Maria Prekeges interviews 8x bull riding world champ Don Gay.
We catch up with rodeo announcer and ProRodeo hall-of-famer Randy Corley to talk world standings current state of affairs. The most famous barrel-man in the sport of rodeo and all-around showman, Flint Rasmussen joins the show, and Maria Prekeges hangs with 2015 World Champ and 8 x NFR Qualifier Jacobs Crawley.
Switching gears to the junior rodeo circuit on this episode for Bo's Bull and talking to rodeo announcers Andy Seiler and Steve Goedert, the guys who bring the magic together for the Junior Word Finals. 4x world champ Tuf Cooper joins us on the show to talk about his influence with the Junior Word Finals and how's he feeling about adding a fifth world title to his trophy case. Maria Prekeges interviews the great Shawn Davis on what's next after building the NFR empire and James Miller and Nellie Miller talk about the tradition behind the Red-Bluff Round Up and Nellie's quest to repeat as a world champ.
The pro-rodeo circuit is just heating up with more than 25 rodeos taking place in the month April and we'll check the current temperature of the competition with rodeo announcer Roger Mooney. Maria Prekeges interviews rodeo power couple Sherry Cervi and Cory Petska as they shared the ups and the downs, they go through traveling on the road. Bo and NV talk to innovative founder, CEO & visionary entrepreneur and 9x NFR qualifier, KC Jones who is growing the rodeo, cowboy and western life culture through community & technology. Finally, we check in with 4x world champ Kaycee Feild to see how he's healing after Rodeo Austin and how he's feeling with his current place in the standings compared to last year.
Wayne Brooks breaks down Austin Rodeo’s playoff format and make some early NFR predictions, Dale Brisby shares insight to 3 of his favorite things about the NFR, and Maria Prekeges sits down with four of the premier bull-doggers in pro rodeo today ...4x NFR qualifier Kyle Irwin, 5x NFR qualifier Ty Erickson, The 2017 World Champ Tyler Pearson and 2x World Champ Tyler Waguespack. They share a special bond and it starts with 2018 AQHA Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year, Scooter.
With hosts Bo Gardner and Nevada Colwell at the helm, NFR Extra will bring the color directly to you. Coming right out of the chutes we have Bo’s Bull, where Bo and Nevada catch up with Boyd Polhamus to address the early rodeo season, including the action at RodeoHouston and San Antonio, as well as what’s happening in the rodeo universe. Right after that, we chat with Maria Prekeges – known affectionately as the “Greek Goddess” – to share her perspective on the collection of interviews recorded this past December at Cowboy Christmas. These interviews will be the centerpiece of NFR Extra each and every episode. First up, we are rolling interviews with the following legends and heavy hitters: Bob Tallman, legendary rodeo announcer Trevor Brazile, 24-time PRCA World Champion Keith Martin, San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo and member of the ProRodeo Hall of fame Finally, we couldn’t call this an NFR podcast without Susan Kanode, our NFR Insider blogger. Susan has covered the sport of rodeo for more than 30 years and she is still cranking out rodeo stories like hot cakes. Later in this episode she shares her new narrative for 2019, entitled Rodeo Ink. Hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed putting it together!