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A Page Dedicated To A Well Loved And Well Missed Cowboy Lane Frost

Remembering the PRCA Bullrider Lane Frost
          October 12, 1963 - July 30, 1989

COWBOY IS HIS NAME FROM THE MOVIE 8 SECONDS

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.

©Baxter Black

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.

Bull Kills cowboy at Cheyenne Rodeo

Rocky Mountain News, Monday, July 31, 1989, By John C. Ensslin

[LANE FROST] 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.'

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