“He was one of my heroes and I thrived off of him—words ain’t here right now.”
Lowe was tragically killed last month—January 15—at a PBR event in Denver, Colorado. The PBR honored the Missouri native by renaming the St. Louis event.
Lowe and Outlaw both represent a team of Monster Energy bull riders who compete at the elite level of the PBR.
Outlaw has long since been known as a gritty and tough bull rider.
Coming into the Championship Round, he had ridden one of two bulls for 88.75 points and was third in the average.
He took Big Black, a bull he had ridden earlier this season in Chicago for 90.25 points, with hopes of another 90-plus point outing. He made a near-perfect ride.
In fact, some observers—including the judges—thought it was better than their first match up.
“He’s a good bull and I got no back up in me,” said Outlaw, following his come-from-behind win.
The bull turned back into Outlaw’s left hand and the Arkansas cowboy let loose with his outside leg and spurred for the entire second-half of the 8-second ride.
It was only the sixth time Big Black has been ridden and Outlaw is responsible for a third of those qualified rides.
“It works out when you … lay it on the line like that,” Outlaw said. “You’re going to have a tremendous buck-off or a tremendous score.”
The win moved Outlaw to second in the PBR world standings, while fellow Monster Energy teammate Jose Vitor Leme finished the St. Louis event fifth in the average and is fourth in the overall world standings.
Outlaw and Leme will be at the Staples Center, in Los Angeles, this weekend for the Iron Cowboy along with Monster Energy teammates Derek Kolbaba, Tanner Byrne, Marco Eguchi and two-time World Champion J.B. Mauney.
That said, last weekend’s event-win came with a heavy heart for the teary-eyed Outlaw.
“The struggle ain’t over yet,” said Outlaw, of the difficulty associated with the reality of Lowe’s passing. “Keep everybody in your prayers and keep on keeping on.”
The National Western Stock Show in conjunction with the PBR has set up an official fund for Lowe’s family. Anyone interested in donating can do so by logging into HERE.