Bull rider Mason Lowe staying true to rural roots
Exeter alumnus ranked No. 15 in the world
On paper, bull riding is easy.
The goal is simple, hold on with one hand, stay seated for eight seconds, do not let the free hand touch anything and you will win.
In reality, you are strapped to a 1,500-pound bull that is spinning, jerking, twisting all at the same time trying to punish the rider for having the audacity to sit on his back.
For Exeter alumnus Mason Lowe, this is fun.
“There is no way to explain the rush you get bull riding,” Lowe said. “You don’t have much time to think, you hold on until you hear the horn and hope you earn enough points to take home some pay.”
Lowe is part of an elite group of 35 cowboys from Brazil, Australia, Canada and the United States that make up the Professional Bull Riders (PBR).
“You work hard to get to this stage,” Lowe said. “I’ve been lucky to have my family behind me the whole way.”
Lowe has blossomed over the last three seasons in the PBR and has won over $300,000 in prize money.
This year alone, he has banked $110,699.58, but it has also come at a great physical cost.
The head-strong bull rider has dealt with a wrist injury that has caused some elbow damage that requires surgery and six months of rehabilitation.
“I’m trying to gut it out to the PBR World Finals,” Lowe said. “I started wearing an elbow brace to help with added protection.”
Lowe’s ultimate goal this season is to get to the World Finals so he can earn exemptions which would allow for his recovery. Otherwise, he could fall out of the PBR and would have to begin the process of PBR qualifying again.
That task became more difficult over the weekend.
Lowe said he wanted to ride over the weekend for all the local fans that came out to see him.
However, things did not go as planned. On Friday, Lowe was bucked off, and on Saturday, he barley made it three-seconds on a bull named Lucas Oil Air Up There.
To add insult to injury, Lowe’s injured arm was caught in the rope and he was flipped over the bull. Once freed, the bull rolled Lowe over and gored him before the rodeo clowns could clear the way.
Lowe immediately recovered to his feet, holding his arm in agony made his way out of the arena. He did not ride his second draw of the night.
“I’m not a good patient,” Lowe said. “I know that I have to have surgery, but it will be hard to stay off a bull for six months. I guess I get that from my dad.”
Although it was not Lowe’s night, the Exeter standout drew the loudest roar of the event when he was introduced. When he graces the bull riding arena again, he knows that Missouri will be behind him.