Colorado-based Hodge Productions began filming the new season of the “Little Britches Rodeo” in Guthrie on July 2. The series has aired on RFD-TV for a decade and is produced by Hodge Productions in Pueblo, Colorado. RFD-TV is the premier, rural lifestyle network and currently airs in over 50 million homes. The new season will air this fall.
This is the third year Dustin Hodge, owner of Hodge Productions, has filmed the National Finals Rodeo in Guthrie and looks forward to their time spent here.
“I grew up in Dublin, Texas. I always like coming back to Guthrie because everyone is so polite,” Hodge said. “It [Guthrie] has that same hometown feeling as my hometown. I love the hospitality and history.”
The Little Britches Rodeo series features footage and stories from the National Little Britches Rodeo Association (NLBRA) he oldest youth rodeo organization in the world. The show will highlight events that happen during the National Finals Rodeo in Guthrie, July 2 through July 7.
Hodge and his team will interview roughly three to five people per episode with 26 total episodes in each season. Due to the volume of people they come in contact with, it’s not difficult for Hodge to recall some of the incredible people he has met along the way.
“The father of a family got cancer and one of the teenagers competing asked if she could donate her winnings to them. Another kid heard about it and every single kid who won money that week, gave their money back to the family,” Hodge said.
Over 1,500 kids will compete from all over the United States and Canada through Sunday. Hodge reported that they end up with 30,000 video clips of the event.
“My crew looks forward to the NLBRA Finals all year long,” said Hodge. “There’s something magical about watching a 5-year-old learn to rope or following a contestant as she moves from Little Britches into professional rodeoing. It’s different than anything else we do in the year.”
In addition to “Little Britches Rodeo,” Hodge Productions also has a spin-off entitled “Little Britches on the Road,” which is a travel series that highlights rural communities across America. It has been on the air since 2013.
For more information to learn more about the show in your viewing area go to FIND RFD TV.