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Lane Frost Challenge competition brings bull riders to Craig

Ben Bulkeley

If you go

What: Lane Frost Challenge Bull Riding Competition

When: 7 p.m. May 23

Where: Moffat County Fairgrounds

Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the gate, $40 for VIP tickets

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With a flurry of horns and hooves, chaps and cowboy hats, bull riding will return to Grand Olde West Days.

Last year, bull riding was shelved to make room for a concert, but this year, bucking bulls and cowboys attempting to tame them again will battle at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

The Lane Frost Challenge Bull Riding Competition will supply the bulls and riders for the event.

Eldon Monsen, EMJ Productions and Lane Frost Challenge promoter, said Grand Olde West Days would be the Challenge’s debut in Moffat County.

“It’s our first trip to Craig, and I’m excited about it,” Monsen said. “We’re happy to bring a show to you.”

Craig is the Challenge’s fifth stop of the year, after stops in Vernal, Utah; Rock Springs, Wyo.; and Eagle.

Carol Wilson, Grand Olde West Days treasurer, said bull riding typically is a big draw to kick off the three-day event.

And having the Challenge bring the riders was a logical move, she said.

“They’re a good fit,” Wilson said about the Challenge. “They’re from Vernal, so coming here is almost like coming to their home town.”

The Challenge will bring 50 riders to town. The top six riders will be competing for $8,000 in prize money.

Riders from North Carolina to Texas and Utah will face off against more than 50 hungry bulls.

“This is a pro-level show,” Monsen said. “We’ll have the best bulls we can round up and get the best riders to come in and ride them.”

The Lane Frost Challenge started in 2001 in Vernal, Utah.

“We were good friends with the Frosts, and it started as a tribute to Lane,” Monsen said. “Having the bull ridings, with his name, is in honor to him.”

Lane Frost was a professional bull-rider and member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association from 1982 to 1989.

In July 1989, at Cheyenne Frontier Days, after dismounting from a successful ride, a bull struck Frost. The right horn of the bull fractured his ribs and severed a main artery, killing him almost instantly.

He was 25.

The biopic “8 Seconds” was based on his life as a bull rider.

The bull riding, which starts at 7 p.m. May 23, will be at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

VIP tickets, which will allow spectators a closer view of the bull riding action and food and drinks, currently are for sale at the Craig Chamber of Commerce, 360 E. Victory Way, Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply, 2355 W. Victory Way, KS Kreations, 523 Yampa Ave., and Neolithics, 565 Yampa Ave.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. VIP tickets are $40.

The competition should be fierce, Wilson said.

“The last time out, I think the bulls won,” she said. “This time, it would be nice to see some humans win.”


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