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Lane Frost
Born-1963
Born Again-1988
Died-1989

    Lane Frost was born on October 12, 1963 in LaJunta, Colorado to Clyde and Elsie Frost. Lane and his family moved to Lane, OK in 1977. Lane showed his interest in rodeo at the age of three, and began riding calves when he was 10. Lane was taught the art of riding by his father and good friend Freckles Brown (World Champion Bull Rider). At 19, he was inducted into the Professional Rodeo Cowboy's Association (PRCA). That year he also recieved the "tough luck" award for his unsuccessful attempt at the Super Bull competition in Del Rio, Texas and was also named "Rookie-of-the-Year" runner-up.

    On January 5, 1985, Lane was married to Kelly Kyle, a barrel racer from Quanah, Texas. That same year he was champion of the "Super Bull" competition. Frost's time as a champion was drawing near as he shared the championship with friend and fellow bull rider, Tuff Hedeman, in 1986. At the age of 24, all of Lane's determination and stamina payed off. Lane Frost was named "World Champion Bull Rider" in '87. In 1988, Lane met the unridden Red Rock. Red Rock had thrown 309 consecutive riders-until he met Lane. After three tries, Lane rode the unridden beast at Redding, California.

     After all his success, Lane's time on earth had come to a close. On July 30, 1989, the great Lane Frost was killed by the bull Taking Care of Business at the Cheyene Frontier Days Rodeo. A year later, Lane was inducted into the PRCA Hall of Fame. At 26, he was the youngest person ever to be selected. He is buried next to his hero and mentor Freckles Brown at Olivet Cemetery in Hugo, Oklahoma.
 

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We were the last ones to leave no matter where we were at. If there was somebody who came to say 'hi' to him, he'd always find the time, if we had somewhere we needed to be or not - no matter how big or small, young or old, rich or poor. I never introduced him to anyone who didn't think he was the greatest. He just had a majic to him. He left everybody with a smile. -Tuff Hedeman.

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Cowboy is his Name
(This is the poem recited by Cody Lambert in the movie 8 Seconds.
It is part of Baxter Black's "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.

STATISTICS
Height: 5ft 11in
Weight: 145 pounds
Family: wife, Kellie (remarried in 1993); parents, Elsie and Clyde; brother, Cody; and a sister, Robin Muggli.
Hometown: Moved to Lane, Oklahoma in 1977
Buried: Mount Olivet Cemetery, Hugo, Oklahoma, next to his old hero, Freckles Brown
Pall bearers: Richard "Tuff" Hedeman, Jim Sharp, Cody Lambert, Clint Branger, Wes Ward, and Guy Sartin.

EARNINGS
1988 - $ 74,700 - #6
1987 - $105,697 - #1
1986 - $104,128 - #3
1985 - $ 87,100 - #3
1984 - $ 50,688 - #9
Lifetime PRCA Earnings: $489,736
We were the last ones to leave no matter where we were at.  If there was somebody who came to say 'hi' to him, he'd always find the time, if we had somewhere we needed to be or not - no matter how big or small, young or old, rich or poor.  I never introduced him to anyone who didn't think he was the greatest.  He just had a magic to him.  He left everybody with a smile." - Tuff Hedeman

Bull Kills Cowboy at Cheyenne Rodeo Rockey Mountain News, Monday, July 31, 1989, By John C. Ensslin

Cheyenne- Lane CFrost,1987 worlds champion bullrider, died yesterday after bein hit in the back by the horn of a bull in the final round at the Frontier Days Rodeo.  Frost, 25, of  Quanah, TX, was declaired 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 competition.
Laramie County Coroner Roger Radomsky said the cause of death was borken 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 Hitchin Post Inn.
"Lane knew it could happen, but he loved riding bulls" said Kermit, TX, bullrider 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 then have Lane do this."  Frost enterd the final day of competition ranked second among the bull riders.  He was 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 the crowd of more than 100,000 rodeo fans watched, the bull dipped one horn to the ground,l then hit Lane in the back with that horn.
Frost stood and gestured for help with one hand as he held on arm to his side.  Then he collapsed to the ground.
Parametics worked in the vain to revive him before carrying him off on a stretcher.  Memorial nursing supervisor Kathy Ziemann said Frost's heart ws not beating when he left the arena.
The accident came while the crowd was sill focused on CA cowboy Marty Staneart's record breaking bull rider aboard Mr. T.  Staneart had just borken the Frontier Days record with a 93 while becoming the first cowboy ever to 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, OK, 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 las 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 the bull rider with the 3rd best average.
Sharp said Frost know the bull that killed him.  The sam animal that bucked him off about a month ago at San Angelo, TX, rodeo."He was really wanting to ride him" Sharp said "And he got it done."

LIKE TUFF
 
Theres rodeos before this
and ones before that.
And all the memories are held
undernieth his hat.
 
His thoughts of yesterday
that were in Cheyenne.
And memories of small rodeos
is what makes this man.
 
The bulls that threw him
and the ones he held on tight
All ponder in his mind
before his ride tonight.
 
He wonders in the back of his mind
if its worth all the pain
Then he thinks of past and future cowboys
and realizes it all the same.
 
Cowboys do this thing called rodeo
for the money and the fame
They also know nothing compairs
to this eight-second game
 
So keep yer head up high
and never show your pain.
Then just do like Tuff
    And ride for Lane.

FOR THE RECORD FOR ALL OF YOU WHO STILL THINK "RED ROCK" IS THE BULL THAT KILLED LANE HERE ARE SOME SITES FOR YOU TO READ THAT WILL PROVE IT WAS "TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS" AT THE CHEYENNE FRONTIER DAYS RODEO.  SO IF YOU STILL THINK ITS RED ROCK PLEASE READ THEM.
 
 
go to SITE MAP
then to ABOUT LANE FROST
then to FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
the first question you will see is
"What was the name of the bull that killed Lane Frost?"
read that and it will tell you point blank it was in fact
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
 
read the 2ND PARAGRAPH
 
read the 3RD PARAGRAPH
 
 

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