On Wednesday afternoon, two-time World Champion and fellow Monster Energy teammate J.B. Mauney said that “not only was Mason a great friend and pal, he was a great bull rider that had the old school mentality—don’t quit until your head hits the ground.”
Mauney ended an interview for this story, by adding, “(He is) a true cowboy in my eyes.”
Derek Kolbaba concurred.
“He’s a cowboy,” said Kolbaba, another of Lowe’s Monster Energy teammates, “great bull rider and even better friend. Being in his presence would put a smile on anyone’s face.”
Speaking of smiles, nothing made Lowe laugh more than grinning at inappropriate times. He is often remembered for a missing tooth on the upper left side of his smile.
“Mason was truly one of a kind,” said first-year Monster Energy member Tanner Byrne, who debuted on the elite televised level of the PBR alongside Lowe. “Didn’t matter what the situation was, if you caught his eye, he would grin his missing-tooth-grin."
“It would always make you smile and be happy.”
Byrne, who commented with the burden of a heavy heart, and Lowe both debuted in 2012 at an event in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Lowe rode Super Cool Kat for 87-points in his first televised appearance. Later that weekend, in the Championship Round, he was matched up with the greatest bucking bull of all-time—Bushwacker.
As with damn-near every other rider who nodded his head and called for the gate while sitting on the backside of the three-time World Champion Bull, it was over in less than 3-seconds.
“We didn’t know many people, so we sat together in the corner in awe of riding with all our heroes,” recalled Byrne, who wished he had the opportunity to let Lowe know “I will love ya forever and always pal,” while recanting “good times” from their time together in the PBR.
After three years of being on the outside looking in at the Top 35 ranked riders in the world, Lowe had a three-year run beginning in 2015, in which he finished the season ranked a career-best 19th followed by 21st and, despite a pair of health issues that compounded one another, he finished the 2017 season ranked 20th in the world.
The injuries – bone chips and spurs that needed to be cleaned out from his right riding elbow led to an issue with his rotator cuff – unfortunately, carried into 2018.
A three-time World Finals qualifier, Lowe never felt like he did not belong at the elite level—even when he was cut from the televised tour. He knew what he was capable of accomplishing in the arena and determined to qualify for the 2019 Finals.
Lowe was currently ranked 18th in the world and poised to rejoin the elite televised level of PBR competition after a trio of Top 5 finishes at Velocity events earlier this month.
“He’s gonna be missed in and out of the arena,” Kolbaba said.
“Whether it be watching him ride Smooth Operator or Bruiser in the arena to having a beer or two and talking about life outside the arena,” Bryne said. “I always looked up to the guy and will forever be grateful of the time my wife and I got to spend with him and Abbey."
“Physically, he’s gone, but his spirit and the great personality he was will never die.”