There is just something special we all can relate to when thinking about the fall season. For many, it’s the cooler air moving in after a hot summer. To some, it’s the changing of the leaves, while to others, it’s pumpkin spice everything. But for rodeo athletes, the beginning of fall means… it’s GO time! Every event on the backstretch of the season counts as one step closer to competing for a gold buckle.
Ezekiel “Blue” Mitchell knows all too well about competing each week at the top. In this edition, we stop by and talk to the 24-year-old bull rider, who is currently ranked among the PBR’s top 25 athletes and has a million-dollar smile to go with his larger-than-life personality. He shares with us his love for bull riding and the challenges of navigating through the sport.
Matt West is known as one of the best PBR in-arena announcers in the business, but when you look outside the arena, you’ll see that this big guy is really best at life! The western sports personality, entrepreneur and podcast host reflects on his rise in the PBR. He shares with us how he is now paying it forward to others through Westfit Gym and his podcast, Matt West Now. Using the power of the mic, the show helps fans connect with the rodeo athletes they love, as well as other interesting people West has gotten to know throughout his journey.
Each week, as rodeo stands across the nation fill up with fans, spread throughout the crowd, you’ll find numerous men and women who represent America’s farming community. Farmers make up one of the hardest-working professions on the planet, and agriculture and ranching run deep inside the rodeo community. Globally, CEAT Specialty Tires has these same roots in the ag tire business. Throughout its nearly 100 years in operation, the company has helped farmers across the globe increase the bottom line. We check in to discuss the latest technology in ag tires and learn how CEAT was recently named “Official Ag Tire Sponsor and Exclusive Category and Broadcast Partner” of the World Championship Rodeo Alliance (WCRA).
At Tarleton State University, the rodeo team has been winning championship titles since 1967. Going back five decades, the program boasts seven national team titles and twenty-eight individual College National Finals Rodeo Champs. With names like Jackie Hobbs-Crawford, Brody Cress, Jacobs Crawley, Haven Meged and JJ Hampton, the list just goes on and on. TSU’s rodeo program has some of the top coaching staff, and they always find ways to elevate these future all-star athletes to the next level. TSU shares with us how they’ve managed to navigate through COVID protocols along with the latest on their mission to expand their arena facilities.
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