In what was a truly heart-breaking announcement, the rodeo world learned of the tragic death of one of its own. Mason Lowe, a 25-year-old star in the adrenaline-inducing sport of bull-riding was killed on Tuesday while competing in an event in Denver, Colorado.
Lowe was competing at the National Western Stock Show, the association’s CEO Sean Gleason said in a statement late Tuesday night.
"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.
Gleason did not reveal any other details about the incident that took Lowe’s life. The young star was recently married and was from Exeter, Missouri. He had been a professional bull rider for seven years.
Ranked 18th in the world at the time of his death, the champion bull-rider wasn’t always so proficient. In a now-famous interview from 2015, Lowe talked about his humble beginnings in the sport.
“My dad put me on some milk calves when I was 3, and ever since then I’ve been going to little rodeos and started from junior rodeos to little amateur bull ridings, and now I’m at the ‘Built Ford Tough’ level,” he told KLOR-TV.
During the same interview, Lowe made a poignant statement that should be some small consolation to those (and there are a lot of us) who believe he was taken too soon.
Lowe spoke to KOLR-TV as he was making his PBR debut, which he described as a dream come true. “Now that I’ve made it up here,” Lowe said, “I really feel like I accomplished something in my life.”
Small comfort during this tragic time, but some might say the sting of his loss can be lessened just a tiny bit knowing he died doing the one thing he loved.
Won’t you join us in praying for Mason’s wife and parents as they go through this terrible time of grief and unimaginable loss.