Toon In, Rookie Bull Rider Enters Cheyenne #4

Lane Toon, 22, is one of several rookies who have burst onto the CBR scene this season, and he comes into the CBR World Finals at Cheyenne Frontier Days fourth in the CBR World Standings.

It’s a yearlong goal finally realized for the southern Oklahoma bull rider who began riding in the CBR Horizon series two years ago and really amped up his efforts to make it to the televised tour last year.

“Before I knew it I had jumped way up in the Horizons and starting the first of the year in Conroe, Texas I was able to go to the tour event,” Toon says and adds, “It kind of started off slow. I really didn’t get anything done at the first two, but after that I got to where I was at least riding one every time I was going, so I was kind of slow starting out but coming out to the end it really has progressed.” 

Progressed is an understatement for Toon as a member of the top-four cowboys on the tour. 

He's currently 380.5 points out of the lead held by Cody Teel. In addition, Toon is third in the Horizon Series standings. He hasn't won a televised event this season, but he's been to the Final Four Shootout Round twice and has six top-10 finishes. His best result so far was a third-place finish in Del Rio, and he also finished fourth at Rio Rancho.

Toon has ridden 44 percent (11 for 25) of his bulls at televised events, and two of those rides resulted in 90 or more points. 

Toon’s best ride of the season was a 90.5-point ride on Gold Buckle in Las Vegas that helped him to a seventh-place finish. He rode Kojack for 90 points in Jackson, and that propelled him to an eighth-place result.

But it’s his ride in Del Rio that stands out for Toon. 

“Del Rio, Texas would have to be my favorite moment because I covered a bull down there that they said hadn’t been rode in a year, and it was Cadillac Red. Everybody had been on him all year long, and Del Rio is the last event. I’d seen really good hands get on him throughout the year, and he threw them off. On top of that he threw me off twice this year. Nobody was getting him rode, and I got him covered.” 

Getting them covered runs in the blood for Toon whose grandfather rode bucking horses and both his uncle and dad rode bucking bulls and horses. Toon gravitated solely to bulls and cites the CBR as a prime place to compete. “With the CBR they really don’t care who you are and where you come from. If you give it all you’ve got they’ll keep inviting you back. They’re really good events. Once you get on tour a man can have it made.” 

When he’s not riding bulls, Toon is busy working a ranch and anticipating his first World Finals. 

It's been a great rookie season in Championship Bull Riding for Toon, and while he still has an outside shot at winning the gold buckle in 2015, he's going to be a factor for years to come. “It’s going to be tough. I’m sitting fourth. I wish I could’ve been a little bit closer to first going into the finals but still might have a slight chance of taking first. All I can do is just go have fun, ride all five bulls and let it fall out the way it will.” 

And it’s this attitude Toon carries with him regardless of the standings. 

“I get told a lot I’m real goofy, and I’m full of it all the time because I cut up a lot, but I tell everybody when they get bucked off and everything else, might as well be happy I’m healthy. Have a good attitude about everything you do, because if you’re not hurt, and you’re still 100 percent healthy, there’s no reason to be down about anything.” 

And with the 2015 World Finals waiting just around the corner, Toon is certainly embracing that philosophy and is ready to ride.