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NFR Extra

NFR Extra is a weekly podcast that focuses on the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and features icons that embody the rodeo and Western lifestyle.

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#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.

1hr 37mins

14 Dec 2019

Rank #1

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American Texas country music singer-songwriter, Cody Johnson and Legendary bull rider and snapchatter, Dale Brisby | NFR Extra Podcast

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 is good for rodeo business.

41mins

5 Sep 2019

Rank #2

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Clown of the Year and Coors Man in the Can, Justin “Rumpshaker” Rumford | NFR Extra Podcast

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.

57mins

21 Nov 2019

Rank #3

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#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.

1hr 8mins

27 Feb 2020

Rank #4

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Barrelman and rodeo clown, Rockin’ Robbie Hodges and 8x World Champ Joe Beaver | NFR Extra Podcast

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.

51mins

19 Sep 2019

Rank #5

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2014 world champion barrel racer Fallon Taylor and 2016 tie-down world champion Tyson Durfey | NFR Extra Podcast

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.

51mins

8 Aug 2019

Rank #6

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Bob Tallman, Tyler Waguespack, Hailey Kinsel, Wade Sundell, Susan Kanode and Don Gay | NFR Extra Podcast

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.

1hr 14mins

30 May 2019

Rank #7

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#10 Kirsten Vold owner Vold Rodeo Company rough stock cowboy Stetson Wright | NFR Extra Podcast

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."

46mins

25 Jul 2019

Rank #8

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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.

1hr 16mins

9 Dec 2019

Rank #9

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#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.

1hr 13mins

12 Dec 2019

Rank #10

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South Point Hotel and Casino general manager, Ryan Growney

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.

29mins

24 Oct 2019

Rank #11

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American singer-songwriter, Charlie Daniels and 8x World Champ Donnie Gay | NFR Extra Podcast

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.

44mins

17 Oct 2019

Rank #12

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Round-Up President Randy Bracher and TI Executive Chef Craig Taylor | NFR Extra Podcast

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.

59mins

28 Nov 2019

Rank #13

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8x World Champion and ProRodeo Hall of Famer Joe Beaver | NFR Extra Podcast

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.

1hr 14mins

11 Dec 2019

Rank #14

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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.

1hr 29mins

10 Dec 2019

Rank #15

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#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.

1hr 7mins

7 Feb 2020

Rank #16

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Roger Mooney, Kaycee Feild, Sherry Cervi, Cory Petska and KC Jones | NFR Extra Podcast

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.

1hr 9mins

17 Apr 2019

Rank #17

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#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.

1hr 39mins

12 Dec 2019

Rank #18

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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.

47mins

7 Nov 2019

Rank #19

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Roger Mooney, Jeff Medders, Trevor Brazile and Jeff Chadwick | NFR Extra Podcast

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.

1hr 21mins

26 Jun 2019

Rank #20