World Champion Bull Rider, 1987
Before he could even walk, Lane Frost knew he wanted to be a bull rider. Born into a rodeo family at La Junta, Colorado, in 1963, young Frost attempted to ride any young calf he could get cornered on his family’s dairy ranch. Eventually this youthful practice would serve him well as he pursued his rodeo ambitions.
Frost began to compete in youth rodeo events early, and in 1980, 1981 and 1982, he was named the Oklahoma Youth Rodeo Association bull-riding champion. He also won the bull-riding champion at the first Youth National Finals held in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1982. By 1983, Frost had earned his PRCA card and was named runner-up for the PRCA’s bull riding Rookie of the Year. Over the next several years, Frost quickly rose in the ranks as he qualified for the National Finals Rodeo five years in a row, from 1983 to 1988. In 1987 Frost fulfilled his lifelong dream when he captured the PRCA Bull Riding World Championship. In 1988 he rode the notorious bull, Red Rock, in four of seven matches.
Lane Frost’s rodeo achievements came to a tragic end at the Cheyenne Frontier Days in 1989, when a bull named Taking Care of Business hit him in the back, breaking several ribs and severing an artery, killing him almost instantly. Despite Frost’s short career, he was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame the following year.