Melinda Stotts

Special to the Grove Sun

“Because we had the joy of knowing him, we must suffer the pain of losing him. But to

think of never knowing him is unthinkable.” - Elsie Frost

Elsie Frost, the mother of the late, legendary PRCA World Champion Bull Rider Lane

Frost, will share the story of her son’s life and share his testimony at the Bar-None Cowboy Church located in the Flying Cow Arena between Afton and Grove on Sunday, August 7 at 10 a.m. Bar-None invites everyone to come hear Elsie Frost speak.

In 1994 a biographical film, ‘8 Seconds’, was made about Lane’s 25 year life and his legacy as an American rodeo legend and world bull riding champion. Country music star Garth Brooks’ video of his mega-hit song ‘The Dance’ pays tribute to Lane, as well as many other songs and poems by others. His story has touched many.

Lane died at July 30 1989 at 3:59 p.m. on in Cheyenne, Wyoming at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo after receiving a fatal blow from the horns of a bull named “Takin’ Care Of Business” after completing an eight second ride that placed him in third place.

According to most accounts of the event, Lane rose to his feet from the muddy arena after the bull ride and was walking toward the chutes when he signaled for help and collapsed. It is believed that he suffered broken ribs which penetrated his heart causing his death.

Lane’s death, as dramatic as it was, is overshadowed by his life of accomplishments which are a testament of faith, perseverance and courage.

As a baby his mother has said he would cry if they left a rodeo before the bull riding, and he was only 9 years old when he first climbed

on the back of a bull. He soon won his first rodeo in 1974 at the age of 10 and began a skyrocketing rodeo career that earned him $489,786 in PRCA earnings.

Lane graduated in 1982 from Atoka High School near his family home in Lane, Oklahoma. He married Kellie Kyle, who he first met at the national High School Rodeo Finals, in 1985 in Quanah, Texas.

Freckles Brown, the 1962 Bull Riding Champion, who lived not far away in Souper, became Lane’s lifelong friend and mentor. Lanes bull riding accomplishments include:

1978- Small Fry Rodeo Association. At the age of 19 Lane received full membership in the Pro Rodeo Cowboy’s Association

(PRCA) in 1983. 1983 - PRCA Prairie Circuit Bull Riding Champion.

In 1984 he qualified for the first time for National Finals Rodeo (NFR)and qualified every year until his death.

In 1984 he finished 9th in world standings.

In 1985 he began teaching bull riding

classes, won the championship at the “Super

Bull, and finished third in world standings at

theNFR and in 1986 he placed third. He won bull riding at the ‘Pendleton Round Up’ and became the ‘World Champion Bull Rider’ at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in 1987.

He was part of the U.S. Rodeo Team that won a team gold medal and won the 1988 Dodge National Circuit Finals. At the Challenge Cup Lane successfully rode the Bucking Bull of the Year, “Red Rock” that had never before been ridden in

309 attempts.

Cody Lambert, a founder of Professional Bull Riders (PBR) and friend of Lane’s, created a protective vest that all professional bull riders now wear when they compete. Since the athletes have begun wearing the vests the number of internal injuries has dramatically dropped.

Clyde and Elsie used these words at the Tribute Ceremony for Lane held at the Cheyenne Frontier Days in 1999, they said,“ If people remember one thing about Lane we want it to be that he was a kind person and

knew Jesus.” For more information about Elsie Frost’s guest appearance at Bar-None Cowboy Church contact Pastor Clint Sinclair at (918) 257-8701.