Travelling back in time would give me the opportunity to meet one of the greatest men in the rodeo world. When travelling back in time becomes a possibility I will choose to go back to the 1980s. During this time Lane Frost was making his way in the rodeo world.
Lane was the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) aggregate in 1986, in 1987 he took home the world champion bull riding. This means he was the highest-scoring competitor out of 15 of the world’s best bull riders, attempting to ride 10 of the rangest bulls. Lane would have been the first bull rider to ever ride all 10 bulls at the NFR but was bucked off by Red Rock. Finally, the day came when Red Rock who was voted PRCA bucking bull of the year and was unridden on 309 attempts was paired against Lane at Redding, California May 20th, 1988. Lane successfully rode Red Rock for 8 seconds.
In 1989 at Cheyenne Frontier Days, also known as the ‘Daddy of them all’ Lane Frost was injured after being bucked off a bull. Lane rode Takin’ Care of Business and scored 85 points. The bull’s horn struck Lane and broke 3 ribs and severed an artery. Lane was inducted into the pro rodeo hall of fame in 1990. In 1989, Lane’s best friend and travelling partner Tuff Hedeman rode a bull at the NFR for 16 seconds in honour of Lane.
I would love to travel back in time to the 1980s to witness Lane Frost’s career as a bull rider. He was the world’s best at this time. I would like to ask him why he chose to ride bulls instead of broncs like his dad. I would like to know what motivated him and know about his experiences of being on the road travelling to rodeos and the guys he rode with. Many people in my life talk about ‘the good old days’, I would like to experience them.