A few days ago I was driving through Quanah, Texas with some friends who had not yet seen the small sign that reads "Home of World Champion Bull Rider, Lane Frost." After showing them the sign we of course got started talking about Lane and what an impact he has made on not only this sport but also an impact with the fans, the contestants, and anybody who has met him or heard his story.
While discussing what a great person he was someone brought up a good point when they said that my best friend, Chance Smart, reminds them a lot of Lane in the way that he treats others and his passion for the sport and what it represents. The next day I got a call saying that Chance had been jerked down by a bull and hit in the face with a horn. He was knocked unconscious and broke his cheekbone.
And the Tuff Hedeman of our group, world champion bull rider JW Harris, using his sympathetic sarcasm said, "Oh, don't worry about it, it's just a concussion, he'll be fine." Although concussions are serious, in this sport they come often and they are part of the game. If anybody can relate then JW(J-Dub) and I can because we've both had more than our fair share of them and we're both grateful that Chance will be ok.
It's an amazing thing that no matter how dangerous this sport is or how many times a person gets hurt it's their love and passion for it that keeps bringing them back for more and it's the strive to be the best that we live for. It's times like these that makes me realize how lucky I am to be blessed to compete in the same sport as some of my heroes; Lecile Harris, Ty Murray, Tuff Hedemen, Donny Gay, Rob Smets and Miles Hare.
On a lighter note, right now I'm in San Antonio preparing for the Xtreme Bulls on the 5th, the rodeo the 6th-21st, and the second Xtreme Bulls on the 22nd. I'm excited about the next 22 performances to protect the best bull riders in the world as they ride the best bulls in the world. I'm trying to brush up on my Rock Band skills so that I don't get beat by Joe Melling, Kanin Asay, and Collin McTaggart. You better be looking out boys! I'm a much better drummer than I am a guitarist…I've almost figured out that darn foot pedal!
Thanks again for all the support. If you get a chance then make your way over to watch the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo and come say hello at the autograph booth after the performance. If you don't get to go over I'll write soon and let you know how it goes!
Any prayers for Chance Smart are welcomed and appreciated. Get better soon buddy! Email me at claycollins.net with your funny quotes and if I use them then I'll send you a free Clay Collins Bullfighting t-shirt.
This is for my buddy Chance Smart: "strike me down and I will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine…"
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