Elsie Frost, mother of Oklahoma’s own bull riding champion Lane Frost, will return to Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva Tuesday, March 27, to share an inspirational message about the life of her late son. She will be speaking at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. The presentation is free and open to the public.
The 25-year-old Lane died July 30, 1989, following a tragic bull riding incident at the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days Rodeo. On the last day of competition, he had successfully completed the eight second ride in the wet and muddy arena on the bull “Takin’ Care of Business” and dismounted to the left as he normally would. He fell to the ground and was unable to gain traction in the slick mud to get away from the charges of the 2,000 pound animal. The injuries sustained from the blows of the bull were too much to overcome, and Lane lost his life doing what he loved best, only seconds after scoring high enough to place third in the event.
A movie about his life, “8 Seconds” starring Luke Perry, came out in 1994. Four years ago, Elsie spoke to a large number of Northwestern students and employees, community members, and several students and audience members from other locations. Elsie will again provide information on a few of the movie’s inaccuracies, including how Lane and his father Clyde did not have a strained relationship.
Elsie also will talk about how Lane accepted Christ as his personal savior right before he was killed in Cheyenne. She has been quoted in many articles as saying “if people remember one thing about Lane, we want it to be that he was a kind person and knew Jesus.”
During her presentation, she will share information about him winning the Bull Riding National Championship in 1987, and becoming the first person ever to ride the bull “Red Rock” during “The Challenge of the Champions.” Through a seven-event match-up in three different states over the course of four months, Lane would ride the bull four times. His first successful ride came on May 20, 1988, in Redding, Calif., winning the “Challenge” on July 25, 1988, in Spanish Fork, Utah, almost exactly one year prior to his untimely death. Elsie will show film clips of some of his various rides.
Elsie said she does not claim to be a professional speaker, but she feels that she’s been called to share her testimony about her son. And, although there are inaccuracies in the movie, it has allowed the family to tell Lane’s story, and tell about his salvation.
Lane’s parents also pay tribute to their son’s memory by giving out Bibles to anyone in the audience who wishes to receive one. The Bible, which is named the “Cowboy Bible, The Living New Testament,” has a drawing of Lane riding a bull on the cover. They only ask for a donation in return.
Lane is a graduate of Atoka High School in southeast Oklahoma. His funeral took place in the Atoka Baptist Church, and he was laid to rest in the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Hugo.
Northwestern’s Baptist Student Union is sponsoring Elsie’s visit, who is returning to Alva at the request of Dr. Sharon Hill, professor of English, whose students wondered if Elsie could come share her information at Northwestern.
Questions about the event should be directed to Hill at (580) 327-8473 or Larry Justice, BSU director, at (580) 327-8411.