Lane Clyde Frost
Oct 12, 1963 - Jul 30, 1989
Information written by Jo AguirreLane Clyde Frost was born in LaJunta Colorado on October 12, 1963 to Clyde and Elsie Frost and died in the arena July 30, 1989 at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo as a result of injuries sustained when the bull Takin' Care of Business struck him after the ride. He had just completed a successful 91-point ride and dismounted and landed in the dirt. The bull turned and hit him in the back with his horn breaking several of his ribs He initially rose to his feet, waving at Tuff Hedeman for help. As he took a couple of steps, he fell to the ground, causing his heart and lungs to be punctured by the broken ribs. He was rushed to Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. No autopsy was performed. He posthumously finished third in the event.
At the time of Lane's birth, his parents lived in Lapoint, Utah His father, was on the rodeo circuit as a saddle bronc and bareback rider His mother, went to stay with her parents in Kim, Colorado He had an older sister, Robin, and a younger brother, Cody. Lane started riding dairy calves around age 5–6. He won his first rodeo awards when he was 10, at the "Little Buckaroos" Rodeos held in Uintah Basin first in bareback, second in calf roping and third in the "bull riding" (calf riding) event. He competed in wrestling in junior high school. The family moved to Oklahoma and he attended Atoka High School . He was the National High School Bull Riding Champion in 1981 and Bull Riding Champion of the first Youth National Finals in Fort Worth, Texas in 1982.
Frost is buried near
his hero and mentor, in Mount Olivet Cemetery in
After his death,
one of his traveling partners, and a founder of the
Professional Bull Riders
(PBR), created the protective vest that all professional cowboys now
must wear when riding bulls.
In 1994, a movie based on Frost's life, 8 Seconds was released. Luke Perry played the role of Frost. Stephen Baldwin was cast as Tuff Hedeman
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