Joe Frost – Randlett, Utah
3-time WNFR qualifier
2-time RNCFR qualifier
Getting ready for Joe Frost’s third Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) has come with more intensity than any of the previous two.
The first time Joe qualified he was a student at Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Okla. He had won the College National Finals Rodeo the previous June and was balancing school and rodeo.
Last year, he didn’t have to worry about school as he graduated in May. His concentration on rodeo paid off to the tune of $93,981 won in Las Vegas, not a bad paycheck but he only rode half of his bulls, not good enough for his standards.
In 2014, he rode six bulls at the NFR, and finished as the reserve world champion. As a former winner of national titles in high school and college he knows what victory tastes like and knows what it takes to win.
One of Joe’s mentors and heroes is Denny Flynn, a 10-time NFR qualifier and 3-time average winner. Joe has been using Denny’s advice and getting on two or three practice bulls every day that he has been home in preparation for this year’s NFR.
The thought process is simple. The gym doesn’t provide the same workout as getting on bulls does. An arena at the ranch and help from his family members along with having some solid bulls that aren’t too difficult to ride and are safe makes this possible.
Joe enters this year’s NFR in second place with $116,494 earned during the regular season. While this was the first full year that he could concentrate on PRCA rodeos since getting his card in 2013, he still missed part of the season.
He was competing at Houston Rodeo last March when he got stepped on. No big deal for a bull rider, until they discovered he had a blood clot in his leg. Joe missed three months of the season. He used the time off to put on schools and help out around the ranch.
Joe’s parents, Shane and Lisa, and siblings will all be on hand to cheer him on in Vegas. They will be joined by his fiancée Kylee Cahoy and fans across the nation that have caught Frost Fever.