DENVER (CBS4) – A 25-year-old bull rider is dead after an event at the National Western Stock Show Tuesday night. He was identified as Mason Lowe by Professional Bull Riders CEO Sean Gleason in a tweet.

Gleason said ” We are deeply saddened to report that Mason Lowe passed away this evening following injuries sustained at the PBR event in Denver. The entire PBR and National Western sports family extends our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to Mason’s wife Abbey and his family.”

Lowe competes during the PBR Kansas City Invitational at Sprint Center on 2017 in Kansas City. (credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images Sport)

A witness who was at the bull riding event told CBS4 Lowe was bucked off and then the bull stepped on his chest. Apparently Lowe got up, took a few steps and then collapsed.

National Western Stock Show (credit: CBS)

Another witness, Aurora resident Gerardo Alvarez, told CBS4 “He was thrown off the bull and while he was on the ground the back legs stomped him in the chest while he trying to get up. When he got up he immediately grabbed his chest and stumbled over to the exit and then fell to the ground again grabbing his chest before he could get out of the area. They took him out on a stretcher.”

Lowe rides Cochise during the 15/15 round of the PBR Kansas City Invitational. (credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Lowe was from Exeter, Missouri, and was one of the top ranked bull riders in the world.

The bull he was riding is named Hard Times.

Last weekend Lowe posted video on his Twitter account of one his bull rides.

RELATED: Mason Lowe Remembrance Ceremony Planned For Wednesday Night

PBR and NWSS announced a website to donate to Lowe’s family.

Comments (7)
  1. Eric Mills says:

    Sorry to hear this sad news. Sincere condolences to family and friends. At least he died doing something he loved. How many of us can say that?

    That said, bull riding should be outlawed nationwide–it’s too dangerous for all concerned, with more than its share of head injuries and deaths, of bulls and cowboys alike. Bull riding is a bogus event which has nothing to with life on a working ranch. Nor is it a true “sport.” “Sport” denotes willing, evenly-matched participants. Rodeo does not qualify. Follow the money.

    Consider this statement from author Larry McMurtry (author of “Lonesome Dove,” the cowboys’ favorite):

    “No one on a working ranch would ever have any reason (or desire) to ride a bull, Brahma or otherwise. No one would ever be required to race a horse around three triangularly placed barrels, an activity that quickly ruins the horse for more productive activity. Bull riding and barrel racing are rodeo kabuki–their relation to anything that might happen on a ranch is confined to costume.” (–in the book, ‘RODEO,” with photos by the late Louise Serpa, and commentary by McMurtry. Aperture Books, NYC 1994)

    Legislation is in order. Now’s the time.

    Sincerely,

    Eric Mills, coordinator
    ACTION FOR ANIMALS
    Oakland

  2. Hal Slater says:

    The remorse is fake. I have known bull riders personally and they tell me that a certain number of deaths are necessary to make sure the public stays concerned enough to see the “sport” as dangerous and can draw an audience. They actually seemed to accept the ludicrous proposition in order to make a buck. If you watch PBR, you are feeding that troll and those deaths are on you. Eric is right on, there are no legitimate inhumane ranch activities and bull-riding is inhumane.

  3. Nancy Beck says:

    Prayers for his wife, Abbey, his other family members and all his friends. May God give all the strength to go forward as that is what this young man would have wanted.

  4. Peggy W. Larson says:

    Losing a family member is devastating. My sympathies are with you. Mr. Lowe made a decision to engage in a dangerous activity. He had a choice. The animals killed in rodeos do not have that choice. Both competitors and animals sometimes die. This could be prevented by ending rodeo forever.

  5. Marsha G Sanders says:

    all well and good to hate an activity that you feel isn’t socially worth continuing, but this is a tasteless time and place to do it. At this time a group of people who live, breath and love this activity are seriously mourning and you make some good points but at a VERY rude and crude time and place. cite this incident in your proposal along with banning plastic straws, car racing , guns, and anything else that doesn’t fit YOUR idea of what is right and wrong. My serious condolences to the friends, family and the entire rodeo organization, along with loosing a rising star, they have people like this using it as ammunition for killing a way of life. Maybe they could go after the organizations that call for the killing of police instead…THAT is a real social problem…not rodeo.

    1. Davin Gray says:

      Well said

    2. George Ponnay says:

      Very well expressed, Marsha. This is not the time or place for this kind of political agenda. RIP Mason Lowe, I’m going to miss you as a great rider and great person.

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