Exeter native participating in bull riding event in Springfield

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Exeter native Mason Lowe, who ranks 11th among the top bull riders in the world, will compete at the PFIWestern.com Invitational Professional Bull Riders event in Springfield at the JQH Arena on the campus of Missouri State University Sept. 8-10. The Top 35 riders from across the globe will climb aboard the most fierce bulls at the elite event sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, its ninth consecutive year to be hosted in Springfield. Contributed photo

Lowe ranks 11th in Top 35 bull riders in the world

Exeter native Mason Lowe, who ranks among the top bull riders in the world, will compete at the PFIWestern.com Invitational Professional Bull Riders (PBR) event in Springfield at the JQH Arena on the campus of Missouri State University Sept. 8-10.

According to Dana Gifford, with McCary Media Group, Lowe is PBR’s No. 11 rider in the world on the popular bullring circuit.

Called America’s original extreme sport, fans will experience the thrill of excitement and uncertainty when the Top 35 riders across the globe will climb aboard the top bulls at the elite event sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, its ninth consecutive year to be hosted in Springfield.

With Approximately 1,500 points between the Top 10 bull riders in the world, and the World Finals coming next, competition will be as fierce as the bulls.

The event begins Sept. 8, at 7:45 p.m., and Sept. 9, at 6:45 p.m. Championship Sunday on Sept .10 will begin at 4:45 p.m. Tickets for the three-day event can be purchased at the JQH Arena Box Office, PFI Western Store, Missouri State Tix or by calling 417-836-7678, or PFI Western Store at 417-889-2668. Prices range from $15 to $110.

The event will be the fourth stop on the second half of the Built Ford Tough Series and one of seven remaining events for riders to gain the points they need to qualify for the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals on Nov. 1-5 in Las Vegas.

According to Gifford, PBR set ratings and attendance records during the 2016 season, and the new 2017 season is off to an exciting start with one of the most formidable group of competitors in PBR history, including Lowe, young guns Derek Kolbaba and Jess Lockwood, and 2008 World Champion Guilherme Marchi, who notched his historic 600th qualified ride this season and was featured on the cover of Men’s Fitness as the world’s most fit athlete.

The Built Ford Tough World series is televised every week on CBS and CBS Sports Network, the home of the PBR, and networks around the world.

For more information on the PBR, go to PBR.com, or follow on Facebook at Facebook.com/PBR, Twitter at Twitter.com/PBR, and YouTube at YouTube.com/PBR.

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