8 seconds. A moment when time comes to halt. Everything around us pauses for a moment in time. We will never know or understand the “why” as to things happen, we can only hug the ones next to us a little tighter and pray for the family and friends of Mason Lowe.
Mason Lowe, a 25-year-old Missouri man died doing something he loved — bull riding. On Tuesday night at Denver’s National Western Stock Show, Mason was competing for PBR and mounted one last time. Mason sustained an injury to his chest when he got bucked off and was stepped on by the bull named Hard Times.
Lowe knew from the time he was little that this is what we wanted to do. He told a news reporter last year that his dad and uncles used to ride and that that is what sparked his passion. His dad started him off when he was young to see if Mason liked the sport by letting him ride a dairy calf. “Once I got older, they let me hit the dirt and said if I was going to hit the dirt and if I got back up and wanted to get back on, that is what I wanted to do. That is what I have been doing ever since.”
Lowe had an amazing career riding bulls for PBR. He was ranked 18th in the world and had once reached as high as 14th. He had been riding for seven years.
Lowe’s family and friends haven taken to social media to show their love and support. They knew the risk involved in Mason’s passion and realized that no matter how good you are, bad things can still happen. One of Lowe’s friends wrote this song for him, called “Cowboy.” Lowe’s wife shared this video by saying, “I miss my everything.”
Another friend wrote, “‘As the time began to dwindle, the cowboy took a knee and said Lord please watch over everybody here and me. He climbed up over the chute and lowered his body down, slowly cleared his head and blocked out all the sound… A friend, a brother or family of yours and mine, I suppose God needed him to spur down some more bovine. A cowboys work is never done, we all know this is true, my hat goes off as I write this tribute, Mason this one’s for you.’ A Tribute to Mason- Written by Zachory Prewitt”
The National Western Stock Show held a tribute to Lowe on Wednesday night in the Coliseum, during the PBR Finals.
Our hearts are heavy that the rodeo family has lost an amazing cowboy.