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Donnie Gay and Lane Frost: a Special Relationship

A Wrangler Network special video presentation.

At the age of 10, a bright eyed and spunky Lane Frost met world champion bull rider Don Gay for the first time. Lane was determined to start riding bulls, but Gay advised him to ride calves and steers until his bones were more fully developed. To the relief of his family, Lane followed Gay’s advice. Like all parent and child relationships, Elsie Frost says that she and Clyde had been telling Lane the same thing, but “of course, he listened to Donnie.”

After winning 8 PRCA World Championships, Don Gay retired from bull riding in 1989, the same year that Lane died. They had a special relationship over the years. Donnie reflects on his memories of Lane.

See more daily updates during Lane Frost 25 Years in 25 Days

Twenty-five years ago, Lane Frost died in a bull riding accident during Cheyenne Frontier Days. His life – and death – changed rodeo forever. The Wrangler Network presents a special tribute to Lane Frost “25 years in 25 days” to mark rodeo’s loss of one its most iconic figures. Check each day through July 30 for stories, photos and videos.