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.
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.
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.
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.