Professional Bull Rider from the Ozarks dies after suffering injuries in a competition

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DENVER, Co. (KY3/KSPR) - The CEO of the Professional Bull Riders Association says Mason Lowe, 25 died as a result of injuries sustained in competition at the Denver Coliseum at the National Western Complex Tuesday night.

The Exeter, Missouri, native rode his first calf before Kindergarten and grew up watching his dad and grandfather compete.

In a news release, PBR CEO Sean Gleason said, "The entire PBR and National Western sports family extends our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to Mason’s wife Abbey and his family.”

People may have seen Lowe compete at JQH Arena in the PFI Western Invitational. He talked to us in 2017 about looking forward to the event in front of family, friends and fans. "It just puts a lump in your stomach and makes you want to try a little harder than you would if you were in Texas or Oklahoma or somewhere else," said Lowe. "I actually came and watched this event, I told all of my buddies I want to be here one day and ride in front of everybody."

Lowe ranked 18th in the world. He competed in the professional bull riding circuit for seven years.