Lane Frost 25 Years in 25 Days

lane4 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 presented a special tribute to Lane Frost “25 years in 25 days” to mark rodeo’s loss of one its most iconic figures. Each day July 6 through July 30 we featured stories, photos and videos.

The movie 8 Seconds dramatizes the life of Lane Frost, 1987 PRCA Bull Riding World Champion, his marriage and his friendships with Tuff Hedeman (three-time World Champion) and Cody Lambert. Released in February 1994, while the movie 8 Seconds was about Lane, it was not a documentary. It was part fact, but it also was part fiction. WATCH


Lane is a community of 414 people in southeast Oklahoma. Clyde, Elsie and the Frost siblings moved there in 1978 to escape the harsh winters in Utah. They attend the Lane Baptist Church with many of their neighbors and friends. Bull riding champion “Lane” Frost is the most famous person from “Lane”, OK…ironic isn’t it. WATCH


July 30

Tuff Hedeman’s remarkable win in the 10th round of the 1989 NFR dedicated to Lane Frost. WATCH


July 30

Why Lane? It’s a question every one of us who knew and loved Lane Frost has asked countless times since July 30, 1989—the day he died at the Daddy of ’em All in Cheyenne, Wyo. Lane had it all. He was talented, handsome, young, and especially gifted with people. STORY


July 29

Wrangler Network’s David Sharp visits with the Hedeman men during the recent Cheyenne Frontier Days. WATCH


July 29growney2

PRCA stock contractor and close friend of Lane Frost, John Growney, opens up about the impact Lane’s short life has had on the world of professional rodeo. WATCH


July 28

Dr. Skip Ross and Rick Foster, MS, ATC talk about their time with Lane Frost and that tragic day in Cheyenne twenty-five years ago. WATCH


July 27

Twenty-five years after Lane Frost’s death in Cheyenne, a special Cowboy Church service at Frontier Days featuring a moving story about Lane’s faith by Elsie Frost.

Susie McEntire-Eaton talks about the inspiration of Lane’s faith and the emotional service in Oklahoma twenty-five years ago.  WATCH


July 26teel

In 2012, a tall and lanky 20-year old from Texas named Cody Teel won the PRCA Bull Riding World Championship. Many will say that he was “born to bull ride”. His dad Robbie, a PRCA bull rider in the 1980’s, certainly had an influence. But like so many young people born after the death of Lane Frost, his interest in the movie 8 Seconds, created a desire to participate in the sport. WATCH


July 26

Enjoy full coverage of the 1987 NFR final round bull riding won by Lane Frost. Highlights include TV commentary by ESPN announcers Hadley Barrett, Bob Tallman, Randy Corley and Pam Minick.WATCH


July 26

Before Ted Kimzey became famous as “Sage’s dad”, he was a long-time PRCA barrelman who worked rodeos across the country as well as the NFR. The Wrangler Network’s David Sharp catches up with Ted at Cheyenne where he reflects on the joy of watching Lane Frost, Cody Lambert, Tuff Hedeman, “Razor” Jim Sharp and Ty Murray  – the original “Wolfpack”. WATCH


July 25

As a 26-year old journeyman working for a local TV station, Mike McCrimmon was assigned to cover the Cheyenne Rodeo on that gloomy fateful day. As incredible as it sounds, by the time the rodeo got to the last ride of the day – Lane Frost, McCrimmon had the only camera rolling. The others had stowed their gear or depleted their camera batteries. McCrimmon captured the only video of Lane’s tragic last ride. WATCH


July 24

Part 3 of 3 – “Bull Talk” with Lane Frost, a series of videos Lane produced designed to teach young riders the equipment, techniques, and mindset of how a champion. In part 3, Lane shows how to ride a bull. WATCH


July 23

Part 2 of 3 – In part 2, Lane shows chute procedures. WATCH


July 22

Part 1 of 3 – “Bull Talk” with Lane Frost, a series of videos Lane produced designed to teach young riders the equipment, techniques, and mindset of how a champion rides bulls. WATCH


July 21

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.” STORY


July 20

“July in Cheyenne” was the first song Aaron Watson wrote after he and his wife lost their daughter Julia Grace. One night after watching “8 Seconds” for the 1,000th time, he saw it for the first time from a parent’s point of view. The song is for Elsie Frost. STORY


July 19

Joe Frost and I chatted at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper last month a few days before he was crowned national champion bull rider. While we spoke of the present-day my thoughts drifted back to 1989 when I walked up some steps behind the chutes in Cheyenne and ran into a cousin of Joe’s he would never know. Lane Frost was heading down the stairs with a couple of cohorts. He looked tired and didn’t wear his usual ear-to-ear smile but other than that the lanky world champion bull rider from Oklahoma seemed fine. STORY


July 18

Hear from Elsie Frost during this special interview from BRRC – Bull Riding Rodeo Connection. WATCH


July 7

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July 6

Lane Frost, World Champion Bull Rider of 1987The loss of Lane Frost 25 years ago left a hole in the heart of rodeo that may never heal. Lane was the Western world’s answer to Elvis. He had it all – world-class talent, movie star looks, magnetic charisma, a businessman’s brain, a cowboy’s guts and grit.

Everybody loved Lane, and it had little to do with any of those things. People loved Lane because he was the world’s nicest guy. He thought of everyone he met – every awkward awe-struck kid, silly teenage girl and retired rancher – as a friend. Lane looked every one of them in the eye and always gave them more time than he had to spare. STORY

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