Lane was a person who always was going to "shoot" his shot.
In high school, he was offered rodeo scholarships, but he decided to pursue a professional bull riding career.
In 1983, he received full membership in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, (PRCA), at the age of 19. He finished 16th in the standings. The top 15 finishers are qualified to compete in the National Finals Rodeo. The 15th qualifier was Jacky Gibbs, Lane's traveling partner at that time.