Lane Frost

A Tribute to Lane Frost
World Champion Bull Rider 1963-1989

When Lane Frost met the unridden Red Rock in a seven-match series in 1988, the cowboy beat the bull 4-3. Before that, Red Rock had thrown 309 consecutive bull riders. On July 24, 1993, a permanent tribute to Lane Frost was unveiled. This life-sized version of this bronze by Chris Navarro stands in front of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum. The bronze represents the spirit of Lane and his fellow bull riders.
Frost, the 1987 world bull riding champion, was later killed by a bull named Taking Care of Business on a rainy, but exciting Finals Sunday at the 1989 Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo. Lane Frost was immortalized when the movie Eight Seconds, produced by Michael Shamberg and starring Luke Perry, retold his story. Shamberg got interested in the project after he saw the George Michael Sports Machine's special eulogy to Lane on TV.

There is a paperback book called 8 Seconds, by Charlie McDade. It is a small out-of-print book based on the screenplay and can probably be found easiest through your public library. You can still get a copy of the movie 8 Seconds on video, starring Luke Perry.

There has been some confusion over the name of the bull that killed Lane. Some references say that the bull was named "K. Walsh" and also nicknamed "Bad to the Bone." Bulls names are sometimes changed around for a rodeo, but this bull was really named "Taking Care of Business" and was owned by Bad Company Rodeo.

Cowboy is his Name This is the poem recited by Cody Lambert in the movie 8 Seconds. I just heard that this is part of a larger poem by Baxter entitled "Legacy of the Rodeo Man." There's a hundred years of history and a hundred before that All gathered in the thinkin' Goin' on beneath this hat. The cold flame burns within him 'Til his skin's as cold as ice And the dues he paid to get here Are worth every sacrifice. All the miles spend sleepy drivin' All the money down the drain, All the 'if I's' and 'nearly's,' All the bandages and pain, All the female tears left dryin', All the fever and the fight Are just a small down payment On the ride he makes tonight. It's guts and love and glory, One mortal's chance at fame. His legacy is rodeo And cowboy is his name.

A GOOD MAN LOST The folks of Quanah, Texas Have lost a favorite son, And the ache will always linger Even when the morning's done. He lived his life to rodeo, He loved to ride a bull, And even though his life was short His life was always full. Watched him just a few years ago So full of youth and sass- He went home with the buckle And put Red Rock out to grass. When they pull the chute gate open, You'll no longer see Lane Frost The world won't look as shiny- Another good man lost.

Bull Kills cowboy at Cheyenne Rodeo Rocky Mountain News, Monday, July 31, 1989, By John C. Ensslin Cheyenne - Lane C. Frost, 1987 world's champion bull rider, died yesterday after being [hit in the back by the horn of] a bull in the final round at the Frontier Days rodeo. Frost, 25, of Quanah, Texas, was declared dead after being rushed from the rain-soaked arena to Memorial Hospital in Cheyenne. Frontier Days staff could not remember any other occasion when a cowboy rider had been killed in their rodeo competitions. Laramie County Coroner Roger Radomsky said the cause of death was broken ribs, which punctured a major blood vessel. The ... Colorado native's death turned the rodeo winners' celebration into a solemn wake as cowboys gathered later at the Hitching Post Inn. 'Lane knew it could happen, but he loved riding bulls,' said Kermit, Texas, bull rider Jim Sharp, who traveled the circuit with Frost and rode the next bull after the accident. 'There was nothing he'd rather be doing than riding bulls,' Sharp added. 'He went doing what he loved.' Sharp tied for first place in bull riding at Frontier Days, but said he felt no elation. 'I'm glad I did good,' he said quietly. 'But I'd rather have fell off than have Lane do this.' Frost, entered the final day of competition ranked second among the bull riders. He was the next to last cowboy to ride when he broke from the chute aboard a bull called K. Walsh. Although Frost managed to complete his eight-second ride, he was tossed over the bull's shoulders, landing on his hands and knees. As a crowd of more than 10,000 rodeo fans watched, the bull dipped one horn to the ground, then hit Lane in the back with that horn. Frost stood and gestured for help with one [hand] as he held one arm to his side. Then he collapsed to the ground. Paramedics worked in vain to revive him before carrying him off on a stretcher. Memorial nursing supervisor Kathy Ziemann said Frost's heart was not beating when he left the arena. The accident came while the crowd was still focused on California cowboy Marty Staneart's record breaking bull ride aboard Mr. T. Staneart had just broken the Frontier Days record with a 93 while becoming the first cowboy to ever ride the legendary bull. None of Frost's family were present at the accident, rodeo officials said. Friends said his wife, Kelly, a professional barrel [racer], was waiting for him in Guthrie, Oklahoma, where the couple had a small part in a movie. Yesterday's tragedy came just as Frost seemed to be reversing a year of bad accidents. Roy Cooper, a neighbor who finished as Frontier Days top all-around cowboy, remembered telling Frost last week that his bull riding at Cheyenne had broken a spell of bad luck. 'I told him, Maybe the ice has melted, Cooper recalled. 'He was fired up about a big win at Cheyenne.' Ironically, Frost's final ride earned him a score of 83. That was good enough to earn him $3,950.78 as bull rider with the third best average. Sharp said Frost knew the bull that killed him. The same animal had bucked him off about a month ago at a San Angelo, Texas, rodeo. 'He was really wanting to ride him,' Sharp said. 'And he got it done.'

A boy turned Legend! Now for a person to become a legend, they have to be spoke of often. Lane is just that!

All his life he's been around rodeo, Clyde his father was Saddle Bronc riding long since when Lane was born. Looking up to his father for experience along with Freckles Brown (bull riding Champion), he had a surefire thing, not to mention a lot of try. Being told many times the he wouldn't last as a bull rider, Lane defied the odds and ridicule and Cowboy'd up to become one of the best.

Born in Lajunta, Colorado on October 12, 1963, Lane showed interest in rodeo at the age of three and was riding calves at the age of ten. In 1977, family along with Lane moved to Lane, Oklahoma. At 19 he attained his Professional Rodeo Cowboy's Association(PRCA) membership and also recieved the "Tough Luck" award for his bone-jarring, but unsuccessful efforts at the "Super Bull" competition in Del Rio, Texas, also named "Rookie of the Year" runner-up that year. In '85 Lane married to Kellie Kyle from Quanah, Texas on her parents ranch on January 5th. Same year he earned the Championship of the "Super Bull" competition in Del Rio. Getting closer to the big title, Lane in '86 shared the championship with Tuff Hedeman(riding partner). After all the tears, sweat, and hard work his riding talents paid off, winning the title of "World Champion Bull Rider" in '87 at the age of 24, but where there is good times, the bad is not to far to behind to follow, Lanes mentor Freckles Brown dies. In '88 the unridden bull Red Rock is rode by Lane. It took him three try's, but on the third try in Redding, California, Red Rock's 309 Cowboy's thrown streak was over, but.......
All things though must come to an end.

On July 30, 1989 at Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo in Cheyenne, Wyoming the bull "Taking Care of Business", claimed Lane's life after dismounting. The ride scored and 85 point marking. A year later Lane was inducted into the PRCA Hall of Fame. The youngest cowboy to ever be selected. Lane was buried right next to his hero Freckles at Olivet Cemetery in Hugo, Oklahoma.

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