GREELEY, COLO. – Bull rider Josh Frost celebrated the Fourth of July with the biggest win of his life Friday. The 19-year-old permit holder from Randlett, Utah, won both rounds and the average – with 170 points on two head – at the Greeley (Colo.) Stampede, to earn $8,144.
“I was pretty excited,” said Frost, who recently completed his freshman year at Oklahoma Panhandle State University (Goodwell). “This is the first big rodeo I’ve won.”
Frost won the bull riding in Steamboat Springs, Colo., two weeks ago and in Mountain Home, Idaho, last week.
“I’ve gotten on a roll, and it feels good,” he said, while driving from Greeley to Steamboat, a weekly series rodeo where he was scheduled up again Friday night. “I feel like they can’t buck me off right now. I wish they’d buck harder, that’s how good I feel.”
Frost didn’t qualify for the College National Finals Rodeo; he was fourth in his region, one spot from making it. His older brother, Joe, who turns 22 on July 18, won the CNFR bull riding, and will return to OPSU in the fall for his senior year.
“Joe and I will travel together when I get my (PRCA) card,” Josh said. “We’re pretty tight.”
They also have a bit of a rivalry, as brothers tend to do.
“When I was 3, Joe didn’t want to get on a Holstein calf, but I told Dad that I’d do it,” Josh said. “Dad slipped and I rode it all the way to the end of the arena. Joe figured if I could do it, he could. He might not have started if not for me.”
Is he as good as Joe?
“I think I could whip him pretty good,” Josh said with a laugh. “Right now he probably can’t ride with me.”
Their father, Shane, was cousin to Lane Frost, the legendary bull riding world champion who died from injuries suffered in the arena at the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days. A feature film, 8 Seconds, was made about Lane 20 years ago with Luke Perry in the lead role.
“Dad taught me about everything I know about rodeo, but I watch Lane’s tape, Bull Talk, a lot too,” Josh said.
Josh Frost had won $12,771 on his permit before adding the biggest check yet in Greeley. Still, he’s content to remain on his permit until 2015, when he’ll get his card and hope to make the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo as a rookie.
“I’ve been staying close to home, and my goal is to make the (RAM Wilderness) Circuit Finals (Rodeo) in bull riding and tie-down roping,” Frost said. “I want to win the bull riding and maybe the all-around.”
He was a wrestler in high school – Shane is the wrestling coach at Union High School – and also competes in steer wrestling at OPSU, in addition to bull riding and tie-down roping. He also team ropes with his brother Joe.
In Greeley, he won the first round by riding for 88 points on Southwick’s Rocky Mountain Rodeo’s Oreo. He won the second round by fighting hard and riding for 82 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Classic Red, after Ardie Maier had ridden for 76 points.
“Everybody had been bucked off in the final round until the guy in front of me, so I had to stay on to win,” Frost said. “I felt myself going into the well, and spurred him pretty good with my outside foot and got back in the middle.”
Other winners at the $284,425 rodeo were bareback rider Tim O’Connell (174 points on two head), steer wrestler Ty Erickson (8.4 seconds on two head), team ropers Chace Thompson and Jett Hillman (11.0 seconds on two head), and saddle bronc rider Cody Taton (164 points on two head). There was a tie in the tie-down roping between Cade Swor and Ryle Smith (28.7 seconds each on three head) and in the barrel racing, between C.J. Vondette and Shelley Morgan (34.46 seconds each on two runs).
Courtesy of PRCA