COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The PRCA Linderman Award is one of the most prestigious awards in ProRodeo. It recognizes a cowboy who won at least $1,000 in three events, and those events must include at least one roughstock and one timed event.
The 2021 Linderman Award winner is Randlett, Utah, cowboy Josh Frost. This past season Frost earned $130,192 in bull riding, $4,110 in tie-down roping, and another $1,070 in the steer wrestling. He said it’s an award he holds near and dear to his heart.
“It means a lot to me, I think it’s the most cowboy award we have in the sport of ProRodeo,” said Frost, a two-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier. “You have to compete on both ends of the arena in roughstock and timed events, so it’s an award that is hard to qualify for and especially hard to win.”
Frost now has won back-to-back Linderman awards. His first came in 2019, then the honor was not awarded in 2020. He said it’s an award he shoots for every season, but it was more difficult than ever in 2021.
“Every year I set out with the goal of being in the running for the Linderman Award,” Frost said. “This year was a little different, I had a big goal of trying to be the PRCA World Champion Bull Rider this year. I went to as many rodeos as anybody, so I was on the road a lot and didn’t get to do as much as I wanted to do in the other events.
“The plan was to get qualified for the Linderman those first two weeks of June. The tie-down roping went well, I won one check in the steer wrestling, but I was $300 short. But in August I entered a couple of the steer wrestling events and I finally ended up pulling my last check and getting qualified.”
Frost is the second member of his family to capture the distinguished Linderman Award, his older brother,
Joe, 27, captured the award in 2014.
Kyle Whitaker holds the PRCA record for most Linderman Awards won with 10 in his ProRodeo career.