By Lillian Landreth
Josh Frost showed his skill on both ends of the arena yet again, clinching the all-around title at the Reno Rodeo in June in bull riding and tie-down roping. The check for $10,984 helped boost the Randlett, Utah, cowboy in the standings, where he is sitting comfortably in third with $199,491 as the regular season nears its conclusion. Competing in both tie-down roping and steer wrestling helps him stay fit for his main event riding bulls. Josh also competes in the PBR and was crowned the 2023 PBR Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour Champion in May.
The 28-year-old’s dedication to being an all-around cowboy has earned him not one but three consecutive PRCA Linderman Awards since 2019 (it was not awarded in 2020). One of the most prestigious awards in ProRodeo, it goes to a cowboy who has won at least $1,000 in three events, including a timed event and roughstock event. Keeping the cowboy legacy alive is important to Josh and his family. His brother, Joe Frost, won the award in 2014 and is a three-time WNFR qualifier in bull riding. They are third-generation cowboys, including their great-uncle, Clyde Frost, who competed in the first NFR in 1969, and late, legendary second-cousin, Lane Frost. Josh’s wife, Erika, is also a talented competitor, competing in breakaway roping and sitting 10th in the WPRA Resistol Rookie World Standings with $11,665.
The 2023 WNFR will be Josh’s fourth trip to the Thomas & Mack Arena in Las Vegas. He will have ten rounds to beat the pen of bulls and catch Stetson Wright, who is leading the charge for the gold buckle with $224,423 and counting.
About the Author
Lillian Landreth is a freelance writer and editor. She particularly enjoys writing about rodeo and the extraordinary people and animals who make the lifestyle fascinating. The author of more than 1,000 stories, her writing has appeared in the Rodeo News; The Ketchpen, published by the Rodeo Historical Society and National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; and local newspapers. She is also working on her first novel. When she’s not writing, Lily enjoys riding with the Snake River Stampeders night light drill team, coaching the EhCapa Bareback Riders, a PRCA specialty act, and teaching horseback riding lessons. She makes her home in Southwest Idaho with her entrepreneurial husband, their dog, horse, and cows.
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