This young and talented professional bull rider was tragically taken during an event in Denver on Tuesday night – and his passing has had a tremendous effect on everyone in the industry.
25-year-old Mason Lowe from Missouri was injured on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 during a PBR event at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado. Following the injury, he was rushed to a nearby hospital.
PHOTOS: Bull riders mourn death of Mason Lowe at National Western Stock Show: https://t.co/w5uADTTDW6 pic.twitter.com/xsbaoviBXW
— The Denver Post (@denverpost) January 17, 2019
Recently ranked as #18 in the world, Lowe was well-known in the world of professional bull riding and he was doing exactly what he had dreamed of.
His passion for bull riding began when he was just a toddler and he started riding the milk calves around his family’s farm. Later, he began riding in junior rodeos and entered amateur bull riding when he was just 15 years old.
In 2015, he made it all the way to the PBR World Finals and took home a big windfall of $102,000. Many industry heavyweights had their eyes on him and he was often called one of the most talented rising stars in professional bull riding.
A professional bull rider died Tuesday after sustaining injuries during a competition in Denver, the Professional Bull Riders association says; Mason Lowe was 25 https://t.co/qNFX9DgDx7 pic.twitter.com/kcHYYHoHZI
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) January 16, 2019
Lowe was riding a bull named Hard Times on Tuesday night. He tried to stay on top of the bull but got pulled under the bull and the left rear hoof crushed his chest.
PBR President & CEO Sean Gleason spoke at a press conference on Wednesday regarding the passing of Lowe. He was wearing a protective vest at the time of the injury but sustained a massive chest injury and damage to his heart from the bull’s hoof.
“The entire PBR and National Western sports family extends our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to Mason’s wife Abbey and his family,” Gleason said in a tweet.
Lowe was rushed to a local hospital immediately following the incident but passed away moments after arriving.
Rest in peace, Mason Lowe. A world class bull rider who died in Denver last night.https://t.co/edyVOp6Jct #MasonLowe pic.twitter.com/JRZFLzHYkm
— Matt Kroschel (@Matt_Kroschel) January 16, 2019
The young bull riding star had developed a reputation for his sparkling personality and kindness. Known to many, Gleason called him “unquestionably one of the most personable and beloved bull riders that has ever come through the PBR.”
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Words cannot express how my heart breaks at the loss of my best friend’s son-n-law. Last night he passed away in Denver, tragically, from injuries sustained while riding a bull. He was ranked #18 in the world. And married to my sweet friend’s daughter. I love you all and am praying for you. ❤️❤️❤️
The entire bull riding community is mourning his passing and even his close family friend, Sara Evans, is devastated by the loss.
Watch the PBR’s video honoring his achievements in the sport below and share your condolences in the comments.
In the end, Mason was exactly what he loved and exactly where he wanted to be. Mason Lowe was a cowboy.
Fans wishing to support the Lowe family may donate at https://t.co/8yBiJQxjno pic.twitter.com/kpqq4YUZIJ
— PBR (@PBR) January 17, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this very difficult time.