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Lane Clyde Frost
Oct 12, 1963 - Jul 30, 1989
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Photos  Matt Swearingen

Information written by Jo Aguirre

Lane 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.

He was an American professional bull rider who was the 1987 World Champion of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and a 1990 Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame inductee. He was the only rider to score qualified rides from the 1987 World Champion and 1990 Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame bull Red Rock

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 married Kellie Kyle on January 5, 1985. She was a barrel racer from Quanah,Texas . Lane  joined the PRCA and began rodeoing full-time after graduating from high school in 1982. In 1987, he became  PRCA World Champion Bull Rider at age 24. That same year, the great bull Red Rock was voted Bucking Bull of the Year. In 309 attempts, no one had ever ridden him, and in 1988, at the Challenge of the Champions Lane rode him in seven exhibition matches and was successful in four out of seven tries. He went on to compete at the Rodeo '88 Challenge Cup held as part of the Cultural Olympiad in association with the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary

Frost is buried near Freckles Brown his hero and mentor, in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Hugo, Oklahoma After his death, Cody Lambert 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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