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Mason Lowe (September 12, 1993 – January 15, 2019) was an American professional bull rider from Exeter, Missouri. He was ranked 18th in the world for the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) tour at the time of his death.
Mason Lowe Early life
Mason Lowe was born in Springfield, Missouri, on September 12, 1993, to Stacy Lowe and Melissa Reed. He grew up in Exeter, Missouri.
His interest in bull riding started as a toddler; when he was three years old he rode the milk calves on his family farm. He participated in junior rodeos, and skipped high school rodeos to enter the amateur bull riding aged fifteen, competing throughout the Midwest. About this choice, he said he sometimes regretted not participating at high school level, but also believed that he was more prepared for professional tours thanks to the amateur competitions. Watching the PBR growing up, he named Chris Shivers as his role model.
Mason Lowe Professional career
Lowe got his PBR card as soon as he turned eighteen, and started participating in tour circuits in the 2015 season, where he advanced to the PBR World Finals and earned $102,000. In his initial competitions, he was placed at 164th in the world. He suffered a wrist injury between seasons, in the summer of 2016. At the start of his second season, he was considered one of the talented up-and-coming riders in contention with the veteran riders. It was at the start of this season in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, that he got his first 90-point ride, staying on Bruiser for 91 points. Towards the middle of his second season he had a run without placing in the top ten in six straight competitions, but in the seventh competition, he placed first at Albuquerque, taking his first win at a Built Ford Tough Series competition.
After that, he did not compete over the winter, spending time in California to prevent injury, and returned in February 2017 at the Sprint Center in his home state of Missouri, being ranked 12th in the world at the start of 2017. At the Iron Cowboy competition in February 2017 at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Lowe became only the second rider to complete a ride on Smooth Operator in competition, with a 90.75 point ride, moving to 9th in world rankings. In early June 2017 he suffered a small injury from a completed ride, leaving him limping for a while but not interfering with his competition schedule. He won his next ride with another 8-second stay in the two-round competition, at the 14th J.W. Hart PBR Challenge. This feat moved him up to be 11th in the world. In the 2017 season he earned over $110,000 but by the start of the 2018 season, he had dropped back to be ranked 14th in the world.
Lowe always enjoyed competing near home.
He qualified for the PBR World Finals three times (2015-17) but failed to qualify in 2018, his last full season.
Mason Lowe Death
Lowe was competing in a PBR Velocity Tour event at the Denver Coliseum as part of the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado on January 15, 2019, and was thrown from his bull. However, the bull — Hard Times — then turned and his back legs stepped hard on his chest before moving off. Eyewitness reports say he did stand, then grasped his chest before collapsing. He was treated at Denver Health Medical Center but died from extensive damage to his heart, heart valve, and aorta, the 1-ton bull crushing his chest even though he was wearing a protective vest. The competition was postponed to the next day, with all riders wearing memorial patches. The PBR sent support to his wife, Abbey, who have said that Hard Times will stay in competition because they believe the injury was done “absolutely unintentionally”. He was the third bull rider to be killed in competition since the PBR was founded.
In his memory, the PBR temporarily renamed their annual Premier Series event at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Missouri, the Mason Lowe Memorial for the 2019 season.
Since 2019, the PBR’s Touring Pro Division has held the annual Ridin’ with Mason Lowe memorial event in Cassville, Missouri.
Mason Lowe Personal life
Lowe was well-known for being a cowboy. On June 9, 2018, he married Abbey Cooper in Pilot Grove, Missouri. They lived in Rocheport, Missouri, with their dog Gator. After his death on January 15, 2019, Lowe left behind a widow, Abbey, and other family.
- Lane Frost