NFR Extra

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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July 14, 2021 50 min

Very few rodeo athletes have amassed to rodeo royalty from the college ranks, but the King of the College Cowboys, Ben Londo, has done just that. He shares his passion and challenges of coaching the young athletes of today to elevating the Cal Poly Rodeo program to one of the largest collegiate rodeos in the nation.

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Jim Dewey Brown shares his experience building the New Mexico State University's rodeo program from the ground up to setting the stage for the College National Final Rodeo and his most recent endeavor becoming the GM of the World's Oldest Rodeo, Prescott Frontier Days.

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This was an NFR Throwback to the 2019 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas when we caught up with Pro Rodeo Hall-of-Famer and 5x World Champ Saddle Bronc Rider Billy Etbauer at Cowboy Christmas. Billy shares 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.

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We are going back into the NFR Throwback vault with a living legend among stock contractors and owner of Growney Brothers Rodeo Company, John Growney. Growney joins the show to talk about his and Don Kish’s notorious Red Rock, the 1988 Challenge of Champions and his dear friend Lane Frost.

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NFR Announcer Roger Mooney joins NFR Extra to talk about the good, the bad and the ugly of the past three hundred and sixty-five days, the impact on agricultural education with the FFA and some Georgia facts.

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Australian Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Saddle Bronc Rider Jake Finlay joins NFR Extra to share his experience winning the College Finals Rodeo, training with the Etbauers, the difference from rodeoing in Australia to the US and traveling with the “Tom Brady “of rodeo - Chet Johnson.

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As we march towards our one-hundredth episode, we dig back into our NFR Extra vault with an episode loaded with 16 gold buckles and two hall-famers. 8x World Champion Bull Rider Donnie Gay talks about the mental and physical challenges of repeating as a world champion bull rider and 8x World Cham Joe Beaver shares his record rookie run when NFR came to Las Vegas, retirement and his transition to television.

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He hails from a long line of pro rodeo athletes named Frost and His mantel is littered with buckles and awards, including the coveted Bill Linderman Memorial Award. While many bull riders feed off of adrenaline-rushed schedules and lifestyles, steadiness seems to suit NFR bull riding qualifier Joe Frost. Joe visits NFR Extra to talk about his early retirement and reflect on his successful career in the rodeo industry.

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We go back into our NFR Extra vault with WPRA champion barrel racer Fallon Taylor and PRCA world champ tie-down roper Tyson Durfey. We listen as Fallon and Tyson share their journey to becoming a champion and the power of healing through social media and connecting to those in need of help.

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In the past, fans had few chances to watch rodeo throughout the year, much less live. Thanks to Patrick Gottsch and The Cowboy Channel, you now can watch rodeo year-round. Introduction of The Cowboy Channel Plus app in 2020 connected fans with their favorite PRCA competitions and athletes, as well as behind-the-scenes access to live-streamed rodeos. With us today is the man that made all that happen, Patrick Gottsch.

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He doesn’t wear the cowboy hat… Or the boots, but don’t let that fool you. Next to Shawn Davis, no one knows more about NFR production than Allen Rheinheimer. In 2000, after working with Allen at the FEI World Cup Jumping Finals which Las Vegas events produced, Shawn Davis recruited him to join the production team at NFR.   Since then, he has been a fixture backstage, working in and around every piece of production. And now he is t...

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Bret Michaels from the rock band Poison joins NFR Extra to share his journey as an 80s rock and roll icon, Rockin reality TV, going all-in on country music to navigating the pandemic.

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Valentine's Day 2021 was one for the history books, and if love was in the air, for many across the southern United States, it was frozen. Two-time world champion steer wrestler Hunter Cure was badly injured at a qualifier event for RFD-TV's The American Rodeo. He had been recuperating and depending on others to help take care of his cattle at home. He had no idea how much that help would benefit him as the cold settled in....

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What a long three hundred and sixty-five days it has been since March 2020. Guests that have appeared on NFR Extra have made the best of times, including NFR pickup man Brent Sutton and Nashville recording artist Ashland Craft. Brent shares following his father's footsteps, Steve Sutton, who was selected to pickup at the National Finals Rodeo five times. Ashland talks about emerging Top 10 stint on NBC's The Voice and becom...

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IT'S BEEN a fantastic ride for World Champion and ProRodeo Hall of Famer Dave Appleton, the Queensland kid who wanted to be a jockey but became a world champion all-round cowboy. Appleton shares his experience competing against reigning three-time all-around champion Lewis Field, his love for the racehorse business, pioneering the PRCA patch program and being much more than an actual cowboy.

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NFR barrel racer Emily Miller-Beisel had a bizarro 2020 like everyone else except hers came with a diamond ring and winning a few rounds at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Texas. Emily shares her horse Chango‘s NFR Texas experience and, of course, her own. Plus, fitting a relationship into ranching, racing and dental hygiene.

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Third time is a charm. Kaycee Feild returns to NFR Extra to talk about his historic run at the NFR, capturing his fifth gold buckle, lifetime obligation to the US military and performing at the Thomas & Mack. Plus a lot more.

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If ever we had an episode that embodied a TED Talk, this is it. World champ team roper Colby Lovell takes us deep into the heart of a champion and the sacrifice it takes to get there. He took a few years off from pro rodeo and came back in 2020 with a focus to win the elusive gold buckle. Colby shares his journey back to rodeo and becoming a world champ.

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Steer wrestler Jacob Edler moved from ninth place to first to win his first world championship at his first NFR. That's a lot of firsts!!! Edler shares his NFR dream that changed his course, steer wrestler brotherhood, and more. At the 2020 Wrangler NFR, Cajun Shane Hanchey battled young tie-down roping superstar Shad Mayfield down to the last tenth of a second for the World Title. Shane shares his Texas NFR experience, the Cow...

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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 ...

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