Tuff talks about the tragedy in Cheyenne & loss of Lane Frost (EP3/SG9) (2024)

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Tuff Hedeman is a four-time world champion bull rider, ProRodeo, and Bull Riding Hall of Fame inductee. Tuff won the PRCA bull riding world championship three times (1986, 1989, and 1991) and the 1995 (PBR) world championship. He also won the 1993 world championship for the now-defunct Bull Riders Only (BRO) organization.

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It's something you just you don't get over I'm I'm, not over it.

I never I'll never be over it.

All I know that I was, I was better in every way as a person because of him, because he he was pretty much the one that taught me, it's, you're supposed to be [.

__, ], good.

I was so excited that I stayed on and whatever, and I've seen that a thousand times and so yeah, and so and then for you, and it was it just happened.

And but like when I got off, I never I I was, I've never been.

I've never been so sad and so happy at the same time.

It was any solace in peace.

It did to a certain degree, but you know, your buddy still ain't there.

Yeah, it was still no it's.

A long time just a long time.

Yeah, he was.

He was just he was.

He was a one-of-a-kind dude.

The reason I took a break earlier is because I didn't, because of you know, we've been talking for 45 minutes or so or whatever how long it's been.

And I didn't want to take this lightly, I didn't take it when I didn't have a fresh brain, but so you're best friends with lane and you're at the one of the biggest rodeos of the year like set up the how what was going on.

Well, it was, uh.

It was 1989, and we get to cheyenne I ride and he rides, he makes a good.

He makes a really really good ride as soon as he gets off.

He hits the ground, and this bull just kind of what we would call just kind of smokes him.

It didn't look like anything serious.

And so he gets up, and he kind of waves a couple times and says, if he's asking for somebody to come help him that means something's wrong, something's wrong.

So he does that twice and hits the ground.

They can put him on board, and they actually have a little little mini er there on on the crimson.

Yeah, yeah.

And so, as soon as I saw him do that I knew I knew something was up.

And because you knew he doesn't ask for help, no, yeah.

And so then you walk out there, and you don't want to get in anybody's way and let people work, and you could just see that something's up, and they take him back, and they start working him, and I knew that it was bad.

So I get him.

I get an ambulance with him and then, but when we get to the hospital, I'm, I go in the hour with them, and they try to they try to, uh reach this thing for a long time.

And but he you know, he he was, he was he was he he was gone.

I've never been it's something you just you don't get over I'm I'm, not over.

I never I'll never be over it.

How long did it take you to get back on a bull, probably a week? So you just went right back at it.

Yeah, I didn't know what to do.

I actually didn't.

Did you talk to anybody? Um, yeah.

A guy.

I grew up with a little bit his name's, barry, tubb, I know, barry.

He, uh, he went with me.

The first place I went so y'all were fr.

We all friends from rodeo you and barry, I've known, barry since I was seven years old.

So you all rodeo together.

Yeah.

And so yeah, he came with me.

The first place I wrote again was in casper a while I mean and like after like, you don't, you don't even want to do anything when something like that happens or for me, you know, because you don't know what were you married at the time? Oh yeah, did could your wife provide any comfort or or was it just I just felt lonely because he was, yeah, he's your guy.

Yeah, yeah.

Yeah.

I'd never really had anyone like that ever so like a soul.

Mate kind of just a dude that just knew you the the cool thing about him was and and how I became such good friends with him.

He would tell me, [, __ ] that I'm like thinking of myself, [, __ ].

I would never say that.

So he was, he would let you in on the real [ __, ], yeah, like the [ __ ] that I would say you say, yeah, what's going on I'm saying, no, nothing everything's good.

But he knew everything was in there when he said that what I would ask him, did you open up to him? No son of a [, __, ], no because I didn't, you know, I just didn't.

I didn't did it after he passed away? Did it make you wish you had or did you do? Um? Well, you know what? I mean not not necessarily, you know, but all I know that I was, I was better in every way as a person because of him, because he was pretty much the one that taught me, it's, you're supposed to be [, __, ], good you're supposed to be you're supposed to be nice.

People, yeah, it's.

Okay.

And and he had a little more a little more, uh, polished than I did.

I just didn't give a [ __ ].

You know are y'all traveling the next week together for whatever reason I went by myself to the first place and then, uh, I'm, barry went with me, but it was horrible like I got on.

I rode.

I got off.

I cried for so you're, really just strong like chairs are running down my eyes, the whole time I get off.

And I go cry for running half an hour just by myself, I didn't know what to do, but that's that's, all I really knew and I'm thinking, I know that I'm I just put myself like if that was me, you know, I would never want them.

Not to go do what we do.

Yeah, and your buddies felt the same way, yeah, but they were they're like quiet tight-lipped, you know, just never talked about it.

Have you all ever had a moment a night where you no we just not not really we watch each other.

We always talked about just we just talked about, you know, fun, [, __ ].

And you know, we we never.

We never really got into it.

You know, poured whiskey on a grave and not not not silly [, __, ] that guys do not really do you wish for it.

Um, I would just I was just miserable for a long time.

Yeah, he was man sounds like he's.

He was gold, yeah.

And I don't say that like trying to be whatever because the reality is like everybody thought he was their best friend.

He was that guy, yeah, because he just was I'm, not the only one, but uh, yeah, but you were his best friend.

Well, I was probably in the top five, maybe, you know, I don't know, if I was, you were the only guy he wanted to beat, uh, well, he at the time, but, but then we go to the nfr, and it was just.

And and I I've been doing well, but but I told myself, you know, I I would I would actually I had to win this really for him.

And I really believe that, and we go through the week, and we get to the last day and a friend of ours asked me in the alley say, oh, yeah, can you win? It today and I said, no, I can't.

And the reason I said that is because jim sharp was in the lead, and he had ridden nine in a row, he's 23-0.

So he's gonna be 24-0.

So I ride mine, and then I was so excited that I stayed on and whatever.

And so I ride him on, you know, longer whatever that's the thing I've seen a thousand times.

And so yeah, and it was it just happened.

And so then jin gets on.

He just [ __ ], slammed.

And then I win, and I couldn't believe it, but like when I got off, I never like I was I'd never been.

I've never been so sad and so happy at the same time, but it wasn't it did to a certain degree, but you know, your body still ain't there.

Yeah, it was still no it's.

A long time just a long time.

Yeah, he was.

He was just he was.

He was a one-of-a-kind.

You.

Tuff talks about the tragedy in Cheyenne & loss of Lane Frost (EP3/SG9) (2024)

FAQs

Did Tuff Hedeman ride for Lane Frost? โ€บ

When it was his turn to take his last ride of the event, Hedeman mounted his bull and went for the ride of his life. When the 8-second bell rang, Tuff kept riding for another 8 seconds. The crowd rose to its feet when they realized that Tuff was riding for Lane.

Where did Lane Frost meet Tuff Hedeman? โ€บ

โ€œI met Lane when I was a junior in high school at the 1980 high school finals in Yakima, Wash.,โ€ Tuff recalls. โ€œWe both made the short go there.

How did Lane and Tuff meet? โ€บ

They first met at the 1980 National High School Finals Rodeo in Yakima, Wash., where Lane was the reserve champ. A year later, Lane won the National High School Rodeo Association national bull riding title at the finals in Douglas, Wyo. โ€œWhen we first met in high school, Lane was already the guy,โ€ Tuff said.

What injuries did Lane Frost have when he died? โ€บ

After successfully completing his ride he dismounted. Lane was then hit by the bull, breaking his ribs and severing a main artery. He died within moments. Lane's last ride was on "Takin' Care of Business" Cheyenne Frontier Days July 30, 1989.

Who is Tuff Hedeman married to now? โ€บ

What bull broke Tuff's face? โ€บ

Bodacious is most well known for his serious injury to bull riding icon Tuff Hedeman. Not long after, Bodacious also seriously injured Scott Breding. His owner, Sammy Andrews, then retired Bodacious.

Where is Lane Frost bull rider buried? โ€บ

Mount Olivet Cemetery in Hugo is the final resting place for rodeo greats Freckles Brown, Lane Frost, Todd Watley and L. Hammock.

How much of 8 seconds is true? โ€บ

8 Seconds, tells the true story of professional bull rider Lane Frost. Released in 1994, shortly after what would have been Frost's 30th birthday, the film followed his life from the time he was a child to his untimely death in 1989.

Was Red Rock ever ridden? โ€บ

On May 20th, 1988, LANE FROST rode the un-rideable ProRodeo Hall of Fame bucking bull Red Rock at the Redding Rodeo. Red Rock had not been ridden in 307 attempts. The Challenge of Champions, by John Growney in 1988, brought Red Rock out of retirement for an epic rematch of cowboy verse bull.

Who does Lane fall in love with? โ€บ

Then, there's Zack (Todd Lowe), one of her other bandmates. These two weren't really close, but when Dave is out of the picture, we see more interaction between them. Eventually, Lane realizes that she has feelings for Zack, and they end up dating.

Who rode with Lane and Tuff? โ€บ

Cody Lambert, Lane Frost, Ty Murray, Jim Sharp, and Tuff Hedeman frequently rode the rodeo circuit together and were known as the "Wolfpack" during that time. Lambert retired from bull riding at the end of the 1996 PBR World Finals. While an active rider and also when retired, he served as the PBR's vice president.

When did Lane get pregnant? โ€บ

In Season 7, Lane becomes pregnant with twins. At the end of "Gilmore Girls Only" (Season 7, Episode 17), Lane gives birth to twin boys, Kwan and Steve.

What happened to Red Rock after Lane Frost died? โ€บ

Frost died a year after his 4-3 series win over Red Rock. He was killed while riding at a rodeo in Cheyenne, Wyoming. At Frost's memorial during the national rodeo finals that year, they brought back Red Rock to, in a way, pay his respects.

How much money did Lane Frost win? โ€บ

Frost, a three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, earned the $9,125 prize. โ€œIt felt great to win this because I had been home for two weeks and my riding had not been going well before that,โ€ Frost said.

Who rode all 10 bulls at NFR? โ€บ

1988. Jim Sharp makes NFR history by becoming the first bull rider to ride all 10 bulls. He sets the NFR record for the aggregate (771 points on 10 head), en route to his first world title.

What bowl did Tuff Hedeman ride for Lane Frost? โ€บ

Tuff Hedeman rode at 12 NFRs and won three Gold Buckles in his career. None were more memorable than his final ride in 1989. Tuff fought through a difficult season that year and sealed the deal by riding his Round 10 bull for eight seconds and then eight more for his late friend Lane Frost.

Who rode with Lane Frost? โ€บ

However, Red Rock is most famous for his association with 1987 PRCA World Champion bull rider Lane Frost and their famous matchup called the Challenge of the Champions. In 1990, both Frost and Red Rock were inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.

What famous bull did Lane Frost ride? โ€บ

On May 20th, 1988, LANE FROST rode the un-rideable ProRodeo Hall of Fame bucking bull Red Rock at the Redding Rodeo. Red Rock had not been ridden in 307 attempts. The Challenge of Champions, by John Growney in 1988, brought Red Rock out of retirement for an epic rematch of cowboy verse bull.

What was the famous bull that Lane Frost rode? โ€บ

He sustained severe injuries at the 1989 Cheyenne Frontier Days event when the bull Takin' Care of Business struck him after the ride, and he was pronounced dead at a local hospital. La Junta, Colorado, U.S.

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