Bareback Rider Will Lowe, 2012 WNFR Qualifier

Bareback rider Will Lowe will turn 30 years old on Christmas Eve and hopes to do so as the 2012 World Champion Bareback Rider. Lowe is in a very tight race with Kaycee Field, of Payson , Utah and Steven Dent of Mullen, NE.  The 2011 WNFR race for the buckle was tight was well, and Lowe placed in six rounds of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo to finish third in the average.  He ended the season ranked 2nd in the World Standings, a position that does not make him happy!

 

Lowe will comes into the 2012 WNFR just $14,000 behind number one ranked Kaycee Feild.

 

Lowe, born in Gardner, KS and living in Canyon, Texas with his wife, Tiffani and almost two-year old son Garrett, holds an Associate Degree in Science and enjoys training horses and fishing in his free time. He appeared in the October 20, 2003 Sports Illustrated issue under “Faces in the Crowd” for tying the bareback riding world record of 94 points at the Summer Tour Finale in Omaha, Nebraska.

 

A member of the “Wolf Pack” which is what traveling partners Wes Stevenson, Royce Ford, Tom McFarland and Lowe call themselves, Lowe won Rookie of the Year in 2002 and his first World Championship in 2003, when he set a world record for the most money won in a year in bareback riding with $188,247. In 2005, Lowe won his second world title with $185,486 in earnings, placing in six of the ten rounds at the Wrangler NFR and winning the Summer Tour Finale in Omaha, Nebraska, making him the first contestant in PRCA history to win five Tour Finale titles.

 

Lowe finished 2007 second in the world standings, in 2008 he finished seventh and in 2009 he placed in three rounds of the NFR and then missed the last two rounds due to injury. In 2010, he placed in six of the ten rounds, including a win in Round 5, the 11th of his career.

 

2011 was a  stellar year for Lowe, winning the Coleman, TX. PRCA Rodeo, the Sheridan, WY. Rodeo, the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo in Denver, CO., the Sand Hills Stock Show and Rodeo in Odessa, TX., the Butterfield Stage Days in Bridgeport, TX., and the Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo in Vernal, UT. He was Co-champion at the Justin Boots Playoffs in Puyallup, WA., and again at the Lea County Fair & PRCA Rodeo in Lovington, N.M., the American Royal Rodeo in Kansas City, MO., and the Santa Rosa Roundup in Vernon, Tx.

 

In 2012 his accolades include winning Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days, the New Mexico State Fair Rodeo (Albuquerque, N.M.), La Fiesta de los Vaqueros (Tucson, Ariz.), the Pioneer Days Rodeo (Clovis, N.M.), the Parker County Frontier Days Pro Rodeo (Weatherford, Texas), the Clark County Fair & Rodeo (Logandale, Nev.),the Nacogdoches (Texas) ProRodeo & Steer Show and the Jasper (Texas) Lions Benefit Rodeo. Additionally, he was Co-champion at the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), Co-champion at the Sikeston (Mo.) Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo, Co-champion at the Fort Worth (Texas) Stock Show & Rodeo, Co-champion at the Amarillo (Texas) Tri-State Fair & Rodeo, Co-champion at the Big Sky ProRodeo Roundup (Great Falls, Mont.), Co-champion at Kansas' Biggest Rodeo (Phillipsburg, Kan.) and Co-champion at the Coleman (Texas) PRCA Rodeo.