117 episodes

The Cowboy is an iconic figure that represents a culture of freedom, courage, toughness, & individualism. Join Dan Hillenbrand as he explores why we are so captivated by the Cowboy in everything from folklore, movies, ranching, music, and rodeo to business & fashion.

Modern Cowboy Dan Hillenbrand

    • Technology
    • 4.9, 102 Ratings

The Cowboy is an iconic figure that represents a culture of freedom, courage, toughness, & individualism. Join Dan Hillenbrand as he explores why we are so captivated by the Cowboy in everything from folklore, movies, ranching, music, and rodeo to business & fashion.

    Episode 117 Wacey Barta / “Where They Buck” …

    Episode 117 Wacey Barta / “Where They Buck” …

    Great conversation with Wacey Barta Founder of "Where They Buck" he is one cool Cowboy & Bad Ass Bull Rider.


    WhereTheyBuck.com was founded in 2011 by professional bull rider and entrepreneur Wacey Barta. The idea for this bull riding and roughstock network had been on the drawing board for some time but just never had the time invested in it to bring it to its beginning. After severely breaking his leg in a bull riding wreck and being immobile for several months, the time was finally available and here we are today. The idea of creating this network came to Barta after becoming the “go to guy”, so to speak, around his area for people looking for bull riding and rodeo news, information, contacts and so on. After realizing that there was no legitimate source for this news and information locally as well as a lack of a complete rider, fan and contract personal network nationally, the idea to create the best bull riding and roughstock network for all aspects surrounding the sport and industry came to light and WhereTheyBuck.com was born.


    Barta, a third generation bull rider, originally from Nebraska, lived in several places across the country before coming to Arizona fifteen years ago due to his father’s military career stationing his family in Ft. Huachuca, AZ. Although his father, grandfather and several uncles all competed in rodeo growing up, a lack of junior rodeo events or organizations in his previous areas of residence kept him from being able to start riding bulls until moving to Arizona. A few short months after moving to Arizona, with his dad having already scoped out where to go practice and get started, Wacey began riding bulls at the age of 15. After learning the ropes and competing in Junior, High School and amateur rodeos in Arizona, Barta went to both Western Texas College in Snyder, TX and Central Arizona College in Casa Grande, AZ on a rodeo scholarship and competed in college rodeo while going to a handful of P.B.R and P.R.C.A. events on the side.


    Ten years later, although competing mostly part time, Barta has qualified for the P.R.C.A. Turquoise Circuit Finals ten times as of 2011 and fortunately enough, been able to taste at least some success at all levels he has competed in. Several serious injuries have definitely plagued his bull riding career as he has suffered a shattered face with reconstructive surgery, four broken wrist with surgeries, broken and dislocated shoulder, broken collarbone and most recently, a compound fractured tibia and fibula with major surgery to repair, just to name a few.Over the years, Wacey has been fortunate enough to be involved with and gain knowledge and experience on several different levels of bull riding and rodeo from competition to judging, production, marketing, sponsor acquisition as well as administrative experience. During one of his several extended breaks due to injury, after judging at numerous events throughout the Southwest, Barta began judging for the P.B.R. at the Touring Pro level and judged P.B.R. events, A.B.B.I. events including derbies, futurities, and classic events at the Built Ford Tough series level and the Touring Pro level. Wacey has been a Turquoise Circuit bull riding director for six years as well as on the P.R.C.A. Turquoise Circuit board of directors for the last two years.


    This experience, along with extensive experience with sponsor acquisition, marketing and sales and event production as well as founding and managing his own, as well as other peoples businesses outside of rodeo, have combined with his knowledge as a competitor and fan to help form the content and framework for the WhereTheyBuck.com network to build the most complete bull riding and rough stock network for fans, competitors, contractors, contract personal, advertisers and corporate partnerships that there has ever been.


    Resources:


    https://www.instagram.com/w

    • 55 min
    Episode 116 Tommy Hawks / Southwest Missouri’s Original Axe House...

    Episode 116 Tommy Hawks / Southwest Missouri’s Original Axe House...

    Really enjoyed my conversation with Tom Jennings the Founder & Owner of Tommyhawks.


    Tom retired from 20 years of Active Duty in the U.S. Army in 2015 and moved to Ozark with his wife Kacey. While working his day job, Tom decided to start a garage-based LLC called TommyHawks, building custom tomahawks for the military, law-enforcement, and the general enthusiast. Drawing on an extensive background in Army Special Operations, Tom infused the TommyHawks brand with all things kick-axe, and is extremely excited to run Southwest Missouri's first indoor axe-throwing venue. Come out and kick some axe with Tom!


    Axe throwing is about as historical of a pastime as you can get. From the first waves of Northmen to the American Frontier - tomahawks, axes, and hatchets were an "EDC" (every day carry) item of those eras. Even those awe-inspiring warriors would get bored. So what do you think they did? Threw axes around for practice, competition, and yes - even FUN!


    Today, we like to think of it as upholding a tradition. The tradition of warriors - Vikings, Rangers, Cheftains alike. Here at TommyHawks, we use one of the oldest tools in human history to bring people together for fun and competition. You can come out and unleash your inner competitor and warrior -or simply have a good time throwing hawks around!


    TommyHawks opened its doors in 2017 as a builder of custom tomahawks. Moving into 2018, we will bring our awesome new sport, and kick-axe new brand to Southwest Missouri. Come be a part of the axe throwing revolution! 


    Resources:


    https://www.tommyhawks.net/ (https://www.tommyhawks.net/)


    https://www.instagram.com/tommyhawksaxehouse/ (https://www.instagram.com/tommyhawksaxehouse/)


    https://www.facebook.com/tommyhawksaxehouse/ (https://www.facebook.com/tommyhawksaxehouse/)


    Show Music:


    “The Ropin Pen” By: Trent Willmon


    https://trentwillmon.com/ (https://trentwillmon.com/)


    “Cowboy” By: Kolt Barber


    https://www.koltbarber.com/ (https://www.koltbarber.com/)


    MC Podcast Production & Editing: Matt Kirschner


    https://www.instagram.com/mattjkirschner/ (https://www.instagram.com/mattjkirschner/)

    • 46 min
    Episode 115 Ben Stutman ” Paizlee’s Grass Fed Beef “ Utah’s Finest Grass Fed & Finished Beef…

    Episode 115 Ben Stutman ” Paizlee’s Grass Fed Beef “ Utah’s Finest Grass Fed & Finished Beef…

    I thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with Ben, he's a cowboy, businessman and sophisticated restrauntuer.


    Benjamin Stutman was born in Philadelphia and has been lucky enough to be a lifelong resident of Wayne County, Utah. Benjamin is an entrepreneur with a passion for agriculture. His dedication to quality and sustainability has fueled a new type of business model, unique from traditional agricultural practices. After 10 years in the restaurant industry, Benjamin opened Paizlee’s Grass Fed Beef. 


    Mr. Stutman works with his local Department of Agriculture, along with other groups to help create business opportunities for farmers, ranchers and agricultural partners. His commitment to the success of Agricultural producers is unmatched. 


    Resources:


    https://www.instagram.com/paizlees/ (https://www.instagram.com/paizlees/)


    https://www.paizlees.com/ (https://www.paizlees.com/)


    https://www.facebook.com/paizleesgrassfedbeef/ (https://www.facebook.com/paizleesgrassfedbeef/)


    Show Music:


    “The Ropin Pen” By: Trent Willmon


    https://trentwillmon.com/ (https://trentwillmon.com/)


    “Cowboy” By: Kolt Barber


    https://www.koltbarber.com/ (https://www.koltbarber.com/)


    MC Podcast Production & Editing: Matt Kirschner


    https://www.instagram.com/mattjkirschner/ (https://www.instagram.com/mattjkirschner/)

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 114 Glenn Orms Owner of The Cow Lot / “You can tell by lookin’, it came from the Cow Lot”…

    Episode 114 Glenn Orms Owner of The Cow Lot / “You can tell by lookin’, it came from the Cow Lot”…

    I had a great time talking with Glenn Orms owner of "The Cow Lot" & I'm sure you will find the history behind it as amazing I as did.


    In 1952, Nat Fleming, a young, North Texas Bootmaker, Rodeo Announcer, and entrepreneur, in Wichita Falls, Texas, had a dream.  (https://thecowlot.wpengine.com/)  was where essential work was done on the ranch, where cowboys worked their cattle. Nat dreamed of providing the cowboys who worked there with two must-have tools of their trade, a good hat and a pair of boots that “FIT”. That dream manifested into an all-out Western retail store, the Cow Lot. A 54-year body of work began, dedicated to Service, Quality, Honesty & Integrity…i.e. the Western Way of Life and How You Wear It.


    To enter the doors of the Cow Lot was to enter Nat’s dream. The scene emulated the American West and its way of doing business. Product quality was second only to the integrity of the personalized service. Each salesperson was an actual cowboy, passionate to serve you, their guest. Whether you were the President of the bank or the bank held the mortgage on your property, you were treated like you were the King of the Cowboys, or the Queen of the Cowgirls, as the case might be. Art was created before your very eyes by one of Nat’s hired cowhands posing as a salesperson. Hats were shaped to best serve your lifestyle and personality. Boots were fitted. Fit was guaranteed. Prices were affordable. Customer satisfaction was the order of the day.


    Together with his longtime friend Gene O’Brien, and later my father Dewey Orms, they built the Cow Lot into one of the finest Western Stores in North Texas, winning several awards including the Wendy Ryon Western Retailer of the Year. Nat met his life partner and wife, Tawana, at the store when she happened in for a new pair of Levis. The likes of legendary Larry McMurtry, author of Lonesome Dove, whose family ranched in the nearby town of Archer City, Texas, would stop and have a cup of coffee and visit and maybe buy a new pair of boots or a new hat. Nat was a pioneer in TV and Radio. In the early ’50s The Nat Fleming Show was one of the first on local TV providing 30 minutes a day 5 days a week. A big deal then because TV was only on 3 hours a day. He started broadcasting a weekly Saturday morning radio show from the store, The Nat Fleming Horn Honkin’ Show. When he saw a car drive by he would ask, ‘Honk your horn if you are listening .” 90% of the time the driver would honk and wave. The store grew and so did Nat’s inventory. Boot sizes ran from AAA widths to D. Fit was of utmost importance. Nat believed, ‘If you have to have a license to cut hair, you should have to have one to sell shoes.” People came from all over the United States to buy boots that “Fit”, the same was true with hats. Longtime Cow Lot general manager, JR Gahagan, shaped and fit most of the cowboys who were shooting the then popular and now famous Marlboro Man advertisements on a nearby ranch.


    Growing up in the Cow Lot, I was officially hired on in my Junior year of High School, where my skills in the art of boot fitting and hat shaping were fine-tuned. Just as importantly, I advanced my education in Nat’s University of Down Home Business, majoring in Homespun Philosophy and graduated with degrees in Service, Quality, Honesty & Integrity.


    After 54 years of service to his customers, Nat closed the doors to the great retail icon of North Texas and retired to work the real Cow Lot at his ranch in Byers, TX, where he was born and raised. He passed away in 2018 at the age of 96 leaving behind his wife Tawanna and his son Marty, who still run their cattle operation.


    In 2013 I found myself presented with an opportunity to re-open the Cow Lot. With Nat’s blessing, I took on the Cow Lot brand and created a hybrid version….an event based retail  (https://thecowlot.wpen

    • 53 min
    Episode 113 Randy Bloomer / Bloomer Trailers Is The World’s Leading Manufacturer Of Custom And State-Of-The-Art Horse Trailers…

    Episode 113 Randy Bloomer / Bloomer Trailers Is The World’s Leading Manufacturer Of Custom And State-Of-The-Art Horse Trailers…

    Randy Bloomer is one very cool Modern Cowboy. An entrepreneur he founded & built the "Bloomer Trailers" empire, survived a plane crash and hunted dangerous game in Africa. Really enjoyed talking with Randy a very down to earth and humble man.


    We started Bloomer Trailers in 1998 in the middle of chemical alley on the LaMarque/Texas City line. By hiring the best and most experienced key people in the industry it allowed us to hit the ground running and start on the path of achieving the goals that have been our benchmark. Our goals were to build every trailer with the best components money could buy and build the components that we could do better than what was available. The key word we used was every component. By 2000 we had hit our stride and already had introduced many new components the horse trailer industry had never done. We have never stopped challenging ourselves to find a better or safer way to protect our customers and their livestock. That is where our slogan of the “blinders are off” came from.


    When we named our newest model The Evolution it was to remind ourselves that we have yet to build the perfect trailer, so keep working on ideas.


    In 2002 Bloomer Trailers started building a state of the art production facility in Central Texas to serve as a convenient location for dealers, customers and our vendors. Upon completion in 2003 Bloomer moved over forty employees and their families to Central Texas to continue the craftsmanship that was expected and desired by the Bloomer Trailers customers.


    We feel to describe Bloomer Trailers is by photo collections through the years… and we would like to say to our customers, dealers and employees… you are the best!


    The Bloomer Lifestyle!In 2003 Bloomer Trailers built a state of the art production facility in Salado, Texas to serve as a convenient location for dealers, customers and their vendors. Upon completion Bloomer moved over forty employees and their families to Central Texas to continue the craftsmanship that was expected and desired by the Bloomer Trailers customers. Bloomer Trailers is the Official Trailer of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, National Reined Cowhorse Association, World Series of Team Roping, Texas High School Rodeo Association, Pendleton Roundup and Best of the Best Rodeo.


    Resources:


    https://www.instagram.com/officialrandybloomer/ (https://www.instagram.com/officialrandybloomer/)


    https://bloomertrailers.com/ (https://bloomertrailers.com/)


    https://www.instagram.com/bloomertrailers/ (https://www.instagram.com/bloomertrailers/)


    https://www.facebook.com/bloomertrailers/ (https://www.facebook.com/bloomertrailers/)


    Show Music:


    “The Ropin Pen” By: Trent Willmon


    https://trentwillmon.com/ (https://trentwillmon.com/)


    “Cowboy” By: Kolt Barber


    https://www.koltbarber.com/ (https://www.koltbarber.com/)


    MC Podcast Production & Editing: Matt Kirschner


    https://www.instagram.com/mattjkirschner/ (https://www.instagram.com/mattjkirschner/)

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 112 Ben Christensen Is “Living His Own Western”…

    Episode 112 Ben Christensen Is “Living His Own Western”…

    Ben Christensen is a western lifestyle photographer. In his work, Ben aims to capture the simplicity of the American West and everything that comes with it. This often means drawing on the sentiment depicted in the classic 60s and 70s western films Ben grew up with. He says that living his own western, and doing so as authentically as possible, is both the personal and professional goal.


    “I woke up one morning and thought, why wait for Hollywood to make a western like they used to when I know exactly what needs to be done?” So, with a decade of production experience under his belt, Ben started in on his first western film endeavor. Christensen’s The Valley is a short that introduces the classic western to the modern world, and places it front and center for an impending revival of the American West.


    Resources:


    https://www.instagram.com/_benchristensen/ (https://www.instagram.com/_benchristensen/)


    https://benchristensenphoto.format.com/ (https://benchristensenphoto.format.com/)


    Show Music:


    “The Ropin Pen” By: Trent Willmon


    https://trentwillmon.com/ (https://trentwillmon.com/)


    “Cowboy” By: Kolt Barber


    https://www.koltbarber.com/ (https://www.koltbarber.com/)


    MC Podcast Production & Editing: Matt Kirschner


    https://www.instagram.com/mattjkirschner/ (https://www.instagram.com/mattjkirschner/)

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

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102 Ratings

102 Ratings

TheCowboy2003 ,

Best podcast ever

I can’t say enough good things about this podcast,from the fact it talks about the Cowboy way of life to how funny it is. I can’t recommend it enough to all my fellow cowboys. I’ve listened to it every day and I can’t get enough it. Keep up the great work.

TT115H ,

5 Spur Rating

Love this podcast. Got to meet Dan at the NRS in Wickenburg. Hopefully we can get our president of our event on the podcast soon. Keep up the good job Dan!

Running O ,

One of My Favorites

I look forward to each new episode. Dan has an easy way of interviewing guests that make you feel like your in the same room. Modern Cowboy podcast has led me to some great artisans and craftsmen along with western sport and lifestyle icons. Keep it up Dan. We need more like you.

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