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October 2011 Volume 1, Issue 1 Trenton Wormley
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During high school, Lane won many got big plans to do." Lane Frost.
rodeo titles: Bull Riding Champion Lane said his famous quote right after The Last Ride
of the Oklahoma Youth Rodeo As- the finals. "Don't be afraid to go after
sociation, the Bull Riding Champi- what you want to do, and what you 1989 was the year that Lane and
onship in the National High Schools want to be. But don't be afraid to be Kellie had started looking for land
Final Rodeo Association, Bull Riding willing to pay the price." Lane Frost. to build their own ranch, run a bull
Champion of the American Junior In 1987, Lane was ranked #1 in the riding school, start raising bulls
Rodeo Association and Bull Riding world and earned $105,697. and start a family of their own.
Champion of the 1st Annual Youth Sunday July 30, 1989 at 3:30pm,
Nationals Finals. In high school is In 1988, Lane competed with the Lane Frost was competing on the
also where he met Kellie Kyle and U.S. Rodeo Team at the only exhibi- last day of the Cheyenne Frontier
Tuff Hedeman. Lane graduated tion rodeo ever held at the Olympics Days rodeo in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
from high school in 1982. in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He It looked like he was going to win the
won the bronze bull riding med- event. He was in second place. He
al, and the U.S. Team won gold. drew the bull named Takin Care of
The Rodeo Years Lane accepted Jesus Christ as his Business. He had told his friends that
personal savior in March 1988. he had drawn a bad bull, because he
Lane Frost In 1983 at the age of 19, Lane re- In April thru July of 1988, he partici- had rode this bull before. He was in
ceived membership into the Profes- pated in the 'Challenge of Champi- the chute and nodded his head and
sional Rodeo Cowboys Association. ons' with the bull Red Rock. It was his familiar "OK boys, Ok boys!". He
Lane was named "Rookie of the a seven event match between Lane rode the bull for the full 8 seconds.
The Story Year" runner up. and Red Rock. Lane being the 1987 After completing the ride, he dis-
World Champion Bull Rider and Red mounted the bull. Lane would win
Begins: Lane In 1984, Lane built a bull riding are- Rock being the 1987 World Champi- third place, but would never know.
na on his family's ranch. It was also on Bucking Bull. Lane was 24 years
Frost the first year he qualified for the Na- old and 145 pounds. Red Rock was
tional Finals Rodeo. He became one 12 years old and 1750 pounds. Red
"Lane was never a problem kid, be- of the top 15 bull riders. In 1984, Rock never had a rider stay on for
cause he always wanted to stay busy. he was ranked #9 in the world and the full 8 seconds in his professional
He loved to work. He was never one earned $50,688. rodeo career. If Lane had been able
to sit in front of a TV." Lane's Mom, to ride Red Rock, he would have
Elsie Frost. In 1985, Lane married Kellie Kyle. won the 1986 World Championship.
He also started teaching bull riding Lane's best friend and travelling part-
Lane Clyde Frost was born on Oc- classes. In 1985, he was ranked #3 ner at the time was Tuff Hedeman.
tober 12, 1963 in Colorado to Clyde in the world and earned $87,100. "I wouldn't steer my kid into bull
and Elsie Frost. riding. I'd much rather my kid
In 1986, Lane was the Winston be a golfer. All you have to do is
His dad rodeoed as a saddle bronc Tour Bull Riding Champion runner hit a little white ball around. You
and bareback rider. Lane started at- up. Lane would have won the 1986 rarely have to take any stitches
tending rodeos as early as 5 months World Championship if he had rode or broken bones." Lane Frost.
old. all ten bulls, but one bucked him In 1988, Lane was ranked #6 in the
off....Red Rock. His injuries up until world and earned $74,700.
"Lane wanted to be a bull rider from this time were a ripped groin mus-
the time he was a little child, and of cle, broken ribs, a punctured lung, a 1989, "I slacked up a little bit last year,
course, as parents, we tried to dis- broken nose and a bunch of stitch- but this year I sure would like to win
courage that choice because of the es in his head. In 1986, Lane was the World again. There's less pres-
risks involved." Lane's Mom, Elsie ranked #3 in the world and earned sure now, and I'm feeling good about Lane Frost
Frost. $104,128. going after another title." Lane Frost.
In early 1989, Lane and Tuff and
Lane started riding little dairy calves In 1987, he moved to Quanah, a few others started creating what He wasn't standing yet from the dis-
on the family farm when he was Texas, his wife Kellie's hometown. would eventually become the Pro- mount. He tried to get away, but the
about 6. He couldn't ride bulls un- Lane won Texas Circuit Bull Riding fessional Bull Riders (PBR) organi- bull was faster. Lane was hit twice
til he was older and his bones were Champion of 1987. The moment he zation of today. In 1989, Lane and by the bull. Lane quickly got up and
more developed. worked for all his life was when he his wife Kellie were going to work as motioned for help then collapsed
became the World Champion Bull stunt doubles on a movie called "My back to the ground. He was never
"I rode calves in their stalls on our Rider in December of 1987 at the Heroes Have Always Been Cow- revived. The second hit by the bull's
dairy farm in Utah when I was young. National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, boys" but first Lane went to Chey- horn did not break the skin but broke
Dad helped me the most when I was NV. After his ride in the champion- ene, Wyoming to compete in the his ribs and the ribs severed a main
starting out." Lane Frost (2001) ships, the bull Cheyenne Fron- artery. He died within moments.
stepped on him. tier Days Rodeo. At 3:59pm the doctor pronounced
At age 15 is when Lane started rid- "The last few Kellie stayed him dead. Lane was 25 years old.
ing bulls. When lane was in junior years I set a behind to work "I was hoping and praying, and
high, he wrestled on the school team. goal of finish- on the movie. a million things were running
He was very good. ing in the top On July 30, 1989 through my mind when I jumped
five. This year it Lane drew the in that ambulance with him. But I
In 1978, the family moved from was to be World bull named Tak- knew it was bad when he waved for
Utah to Oklahoma. By moving to Champion. I al- in Care of Busi- help. Lane had the kind of tough-
Oklahoma, Lane was also closer to ways told myself ness. This would ness in him that if he'd had two
the rodeo circuits. Unfortunately, that if I could be be his last bull broken legs he'd have walked out
his new high school did not have a a World Cham- ride. of that arena." Lane's friend and
wrestling team. So he put all his en- pion, I'd be a Lane Frost with sports broadcaster George fellow bull rider, Tuff Hedeman.
ergy into bull riding. good one. And Michael, fellow bull rider and best friend It was Tuff who made the call to tell
that's what I've Tuff Hedeman Lane's parents in Oklahoma. And
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Tuff had to call Lane's wife Kellie. saying, "Sure, I got time." He al-
And Tuff traveled with Lane's body ways took the time to help even Why did Lane
back to Oklahoma. when there really wasn't time.
wear a feather
Obituary in his hat?
Lane Frost vs
Lane Clyde Frost October 12, 1963-July 30, Lane started wearing a feather in
1989 Red Rock his hat when he was young. One of
Lane's heroes was Monty Henson
Lane Clyde Frost was born Oc- 'The Challenge of the Champions' who was the World Saddle Bronc
tober 12, 1963 in La Junta, Champion. Henson wore a feather
Colorado. He died July 30, Red Rock was a famous bull. Fa- in his hat and Lane had thought that
1989 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. mous for never being rode the full was neat. Lane found a feather and
"If people remember one thing 8 seconds in his professional rodeo said that would be his trademark. Bull Rider Lane Frost
about Lane we'd want it to be that he career. In 1988, Lane and Red Rock The first feather was from a chicken
was a kind person and knew Jesus." were matched up in a special event hawk. Later, he also used turkey
Lane's parents Clyde & Elsie Frost. called 'The Challenge of the Cham- feathers. The feathers would change the U.S. team won gold (only time
On August 2, 1989, Lane's fu- pions'. Lane would have won the whenever Lane found something dif- rodeo was in the Olympics); Com-
neral was held at the First Bap- World Championship in 1986, but ferent or unusual. peted and won the 'Challenge of the
tist Church in Oklahoma. he got Red Rock and was bucked off. Champions' becoming the first bull
He was then laid to rest at The Challenge was 7 events. rider to ride Red Rock for 8 seconds;
Mount Olivet Cemetery. Match 1: Red Rock Lane's Favorites Finished 6th in the World.
The pallbearers at Lane's funeral were Match 2: Red Rock
his friends including Tuff Hedeman. Score: Red Rock-2 Lane Frost-0 Best time Lane ever had was winning
Lane is survived by his wife Kellie, his Match 3: Lane Frost (first time Red the 1987World Champion Bull Riding Editorial
parents Clyde and Elsie, an older sis- Rock had been rode for 8 seconds) title and defeating Red Rock in 1988.
ter Robin and younger brother Cody. Score: Red Rock-2 Lane Frost-1 His Favorite Meal was Spaghetti. by Trenton Wormley
"The story of Lane Frost is a sim- Match 4: Lane Frost His Favorite Dessert was a Choc-
Match 5: Lane Frost olate cake that his mom made. Lane Frost died too soon. He always
Score: Red Rock-2 Lane Frost-3 His Favorite Drink was Dr. Pepper. tried to help other people. He always
Match 6: Red Rock His Favorite Snack was a Snickers bar. had a smile on his face. Nobody ever
Score: Red Rock-3 Lane Frost-3 The Person Lane would have had a bad word to say about Lane
Final Match 7: Lane Frost like to meet is John Wayne. and he never had any enemies. He
Final Score: Red Rock-3 Lane Frost-4 His Pet Peeve was Someone had a lot of plans and dreams. He
Winner: Lane Frost!! who thinks they know it all. loved his wife and family. He had a
"I knew it was the last chance I had to His Favorite Month was December. good perspective on how life should
ride him, and he was loose and cool. be played and how to treat others.
He didn't have any idea it was the I would hope that I can grow up to
last time. It was just another chance Accomplish- be the type of man Lane Frost was.
to buck me off. One thing that was A genuine, friendly, giving, deter-
Lane Frost grave in my favor. My wife Kellie came to ments mined, caring, hardworking gentle-
watch, and it helped me, made me man. One question I would like an-
have more confidence." Lane Frost. 1983: Received full member- swered is Why did the bull attack and
"I was glad it was over. I'd do it ship to the Professional Rodeo kill Lane?
ple one. He'd help in the chutes, again, but I sure am glad it was over. Cowboys Association; Finished
never said no to a fan, never Out there, in the arena after I got off, 16th in the bull riding standings;
kicked at the earth or threw his I thought, one of the greatest things Named 'Rookie of the Year' run- Book Review
hat in public after an unfair low in rodeo was over. The one-on-one ner up for bull riding in the PRCA.
score. A good friend, a good hus- was something that everyone could 1984: First year to qualify for the '8 Seconds'
band." Lane's wife Kellie Frost. understand." National Finals
Two of his many career highlights Lane Frost. Rodeo; Finished I would recommend everyone to
are winning the 1987 World Cham- Lane is the only 9th in the World. read '8 Seconds' because Lane Frost
pionship in Bull Riding and being person who 1985: Fin- is a good guy that you don't see a lot
the only bull rider to ever ride the was able to stay ished 3rd in the of in the world. There is not a lot
famous bull Red Rock for 8 seconds. on Red Rock World standings written about Lane Frost, which is a
"Lane dedicated his life to excellence for 8 seconds. 1986: Finished shame because he has a great story.
early in life. Complaining was not After Lane's 3rd in the World He puts a lot of effort and confidence
part of his life. He said if he won death, Red 1987: Won the into his bull riding. The way that
a world championship he was going Rock's owner World Cham- Lane Frost was, should be a guide
to do something special with it. And wanted Lane pionship at the to how we should be in life. Lane
he did. He was uncommonly kind to be the last National Finals Frost should always be remembered
and gentle man. He was a champi- bull rider to Rodeo making because of the way he treated others.
on in the arena, a champion in life." ever sit on Red him 1st in the He had a goal as a child to be a bull
George Michael, sports broadcaster. Rock's back. World (a life- riding champion and he worked hard
Lane was a gentleman and a In 1990, Red long dream). and accomplished his dream. Even
great champion. He was a nice Rock was in- 1988: Compet- though he was hurt, he kept on go-
guy and a good bull rider. He al- ducted into the ed in the Win- ing. He was tough but more impor-
ways had a smile on his face and Pro Rodeo Hall ter Olympics in tantly kind. I guess the story can be
good manners. He didn't drink, of Fame at the Calgary, Cana- summed up as a man who treated
smoke or use drugs. He compet- same time Lane da and won the others kindly, stayed focused on his
ed even when he was hurt or sick. was inducted. The Challenge of Champions: Lane Frost & bronze medal reaching his goals, and died way too
Lane is remembered for always Red Rock for bull riding, young.
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