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That Western Life

This podcast is going to take someones naive interest in a culture and help them explore the trials and tribulations of the western lifestyle. We are here to share the amazing, funny, educational and unique people and animals that are in rodeo and the western lifestyle. A little bit of farming, ranching and western lifestyle, with a whole lot of rodeo!

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Ep. 17 - Markie & Bronc

Hosts Rachel & Lisa join Markie and Bronc. Markie is a former Miss Rodeo California and first runner-up at Miss Rodeo America. Working at her family business, she's also won over $100,000 roping at the USTR and more. Bronc is 6th in the California Circuit standings on the heel side and has been the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.


25 Sep 2019

Rank #1

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Ep. 34 - Katie Lynn with American Hat Co.

She's a firecracker of energy, work-focused and the creative director behind American Hat Company. Katie Lynn Armstrong is not only the perfect guest fit for the end of 2019, but for anytime that you are needing motivation, ideas or more for your career and goals. She talks tips and ideas on how to go after your dreams, even if you can't see the door to them, as well as how she creates some of the most unique campaigns for American Hat Co.


1 Jan 2020

Rank #2

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Ep. 36 - Katy Lucas with KT Rodeo Industries

Katy Lucas is a former Miss Rodeo Canada who is living in Texas, ropes in Arizona, and is an all and all jack-of-all-trades. A broadcaster and a reporter, you may have thought that Katie (Schrock) was analytical when it came to rodeo stats but Katy Lucas will show you what’s up when it comes to rodeo stats and updates! Join hosts Katie & Rachel as they talk to Katy about her career as a rodeo athlete team roping and breakaway roping, rodeo sports broadcasting, Canadian rodeos in comparison to U.S. rodeos, and her time spent as a former Miss Rodeo Canada.


15 Jan 2020

Rank #3

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Ep. 25 - Rascal Rodeo's Ann-Erica Whitemarsh

Rascal Rodeo, a 501(c)-3 non-profit out of Washington State, has been making national news for their efforts to make rodeo an opportunity available to any person, any age, no matter their abilities. You can join them Sunday, December 8th, in Las Vegas for two special Rascal Rodeo’s as a part of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo!


8 Dec 2019

Rank #4

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Ep. 18 - St. Paul Rodeo General Manager Cindy Schonholtz

Cindy Schonholtz is the General Manager of the largest 4th of July rodeo, the St. Paul Rodeo in the small town of St. Paul, Oregon. An amazing speaker, she has worked with a variety of groups such as 20 years with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, Executive Director of the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, the Iditarod Dog Sledding Race, Ringling Bros. Circus, Sea World and MORE! We chat about what it's like as one of the pivotal pushes for the western way of life, her life as a general manager, how to involve youth, market your rodeo and more!


2 Oct 2019

Rank #5

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Ep. 16 - Jenna Smeenk

Meet Jenna Smeenk, pro barrel racer, former Miss Rodeo Florida, a military veteran who still serves our country, a marketing guru with her own tack and clothing line, and WAIT - there's MORE! Jenna is a clinician, model, body builder, horse trainer and world traveler! Join us as we chat about it all!


18 Sep 2019

Rank #6

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Ep. 35 - January 2020 Rodeo Updates Part I

We are so excited to welcome you, officially to Season 2 of the That Western Life podcast! Join hosts Katie and Rachel as they discuss what you should expect this year for your weekly podcasts.  Hot Topics covered in this week’s episode:  Circuit Finals Rodeo Updates Circuit Finals Strategy and How They Work Kassie Mowry - The Decade’s Most Dominant Futurity Trainer Latte’s Clone Army Hits The Barrel Pens Bronc Riding Nation Gives Back to Australian Bushfire Relief Dwayne The Rock Johnson’s Virginia Equestrian Retreat PETA Becomes a Starbucks Shareholder


8 Jan 2020

Rank #7

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Monthly Installments with JJ Harrison

He’s the fat suit dancing, funny man who can also fly a plane and teach a science class, a former National Finals barrelman, from the place so nice they say it twice, Walla Walla, Washington, he’s the man with the can: JJ Harrison! Joining the That Western Life podcast team for his first-ever monthly installment of Deep Thoughts on the Rodeo Trail with JJ Harrison.


13 Feb 2019

Rank #8

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Ep. 23 - NFR Round 1 Recap

Round 1 of the National Finals Rodeo has been completed and it has NOT disappointed! We chat about a scary situation in the bareback for past World Champion Tim O'Connell, steer wrestling's Scott Guenther's wicked break dancing that could win him a world title, how the 14th and 13th guys in Team Roping and Steer Wrestling WON the round, as well as first time NFR qualifier Emily Miller in the barrel racing! And, as always, we include ALL the details of what the World Champion race would like if it ended tonight AND paid out the average money! Keep in mind, the PRCA website is only updating the standings with the money won each finals, they aren't calculating in the average race!


6 Dec 2019

Rank #9

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Ep. 39 - Jeff Medders of Geronimo Productions

A Tulsa, Oklahoma, native, Jeff Medders may be most recognized by his unique western voice. Through his company, Geronimo Productions, he has brought to life the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo at home for any one that is unable to attend the ten rounds of rodeo action in Las Vegas, Nevada. Working with the likes of Butch Knowles, Kadee Coffman, Luke Branquinho, Tuf Hedeman, Larry Mahan, and many other legends - it’s no wonder that his show Bullseye, feature on CBS Sports Network, is such a success! As a behind the scenes look at cowboy lifestyle and its unique history, hosts Katie and Rachel chat all things That Western Life in Episode 39!


12 Feb 2020

Rank #10

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Ep. 32 - NFR Round 9 Recap

**NATIONAL FINALS RODEO ROUND 9 RECAP** Are we ready for Round 10? Let's talk winners, competition, hypotheticals and more!


14 Dec 2019

Rank #11

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Ep. 4 - Boot Barn's Brittney Phillips

A former Miss Rodeo California who placed in the top 10 at Miss Rodeo America, Brittney Phillips is the sponsorship coordinator for Boot Barn. We are excited to showcase Brittney’s ability to capitalize on opportunities to move her through her career trajectory with the success she has had, as well as a little bit more insight on the world of sponsorship for both contestants and rodeo committees, as well as the current influencer market.


20 Feb 2019

Rank #12

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Ep. 24 - NFR Round 2 Recap

**NATIONAL FINALS RODEO ROUND 2 RECAP** Night two of the Wrangler National Final Rodeo didn't disappoint! We chat about barrel racer Lisa Lockhart's equine teammates, a ProRodeo Hall of Famer (and a future one), and event recaps from Round 1. We are off and running with the greatest 10 days in rodeo! Tune in daily for our podcast and on our social media to join the conversation!


7 Dec 2019

Rank #13

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Ep. 11 - Live with Lucia's Anthony Lucia

Live With Lucia is one of the premier shows to watch during Cowboy Christmas of the National Finals Rodeo and we have none other than Anthony Lucia himself on the show! From his career in entertainment as a child, following his father and Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey to some of the biggest international venues, to announcing rodeos, hosting his own talk show, and being a team roper - Anthony Lucia is a God-Fearing and Texas loving cowboy! Oh, did we mention he just married the former Miss Rodeo America and That Western Life podcast co-host Lisa (Lageschaar) Lucia?

1hr 5mins

5 Jun 2019

Rank #14

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Ep. 12 - Riled Up With Ryle Smith

Texas (June 19, 2019) - Join us for episode 12 of the That Western Life podcast where hosts Lisa, Rachel & Katie chat with National Finals Rodeo steer wrestler and tie-down roper Ryle Smith. Originally from California, Ryle and his beautiful wife & daughter now live in Texas where they are chasing the rodeo dream! Balancing rodeo and family life isn’t easy though and Ryle takes us through some great stories about living the western lifestyle with his amazing family!

1hr 13mins

19 Jun 2019

Rank #15

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Ep. 9 - Jesse Brown & Steer Wrestling

Jesse Brown is a member of the elusive steer wrestler's club and, with his Hawaiian shirts and mustaches, he's definitely one of the cool kids! This former Washington State University quarterback talks about transitioning from football to rodeo; winning the elusive Resistol Rookie of the Year; qualifying for the Ram National Circuit Finals in Kissimmee, Florida; and hunting for his National Finals Rodeo appearance! Follow along for LOTS of laughs!


16 May 2019

Rank #16

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Ep. 7 - Greeley Hat Works' Trent Johnson

One of the most interesting people in the world of rodeo, ranching and western fashion, the always stylish Creative Vision Officer and owner of Greeley Hat Works never fails to disappoint. Join us as Trent Johnson tells us about his childhood, his joy in entrepreneurship and thinking outside of the box and how all of this helps him promote the western lifestyle in ranching, rodeo and western fashion!

1hr 18mins

24 Apr 2019

Rank #17

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Ep. 14 - Justin Jones & Cowboy 911

Justin Jones talks to us about horses, horse training, the Wild Spayed Filly Futurity with RFD-TV and more in this episode of the That Western Life Podcast. More than that, though, he also chats about his Facebook group - Cowboy 911. Here to help those farmers, ranchers, and horse people in times of natural disasters, these cowboys and cowgirls have saved the day for many in the western lifestyle!


7 Aug 2019

Rank #18

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Ep. 22 - NFR Pre-Show

Welcome to the 2019 That Western Life National Finals Rodeo Pre-Show! We talk about stats, who to watch, how to cheer (because some of y'all may need some coaching), and answer the trivia questions from our social media! Join us daily on social media for quizzes, updates, and have YOUR voice heard in this year's NFR!


5 Dec 2019

Rank #19

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Ep. 5 - X Factor Roping's Pace Freed

Growing up on cattle ranches in Idaho, Nevada, and Utah, Pace Freed quickly developed a passion for roping and, specifically, team roping. This led to his creation of X Factor Roping; an all inclusive media program that helps to educate and instruct the future and current generation of team ropers, while also providing analysis, tips, and professional insight from the best in the business. Not only that, but they also livestream some of the biggest team roping events in the country!


13 Mar 2019

Rank #20