Lowe beats star-studded field for Tucson title

February 28, 2012

By Justin Shaw

TUCSON, Ariz. – Will Lowe is an accomplished, three-time bareback riding world champion, but days like Sunday have to even make him smile a little wider.

Lowe beat out a field that included essentially every big name in the event in rodeo, winning the finals with an 89-point ride on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Hollywood Hills, and netting $1,650.

As a result, Lowe, who took second place in the first round with an 85, took home the average title with a score of 174 points on two head. His average score was five points better than Kaycee Feild and Tilden Hooper, who tied for second.

“I just had a better day than those other guys did,” Lowe said. “You really never know what’s going to happen in this event and it’s like the movie Any Given Sunday, where any of us can go out and win it.”

Lowe, who also tied for the win in the short round at San Antonio, hauled in a total of $8,305 in Tucson alone.

“I was fortunate to be on top today and I just think the quality of bareback riders is extremely high and it’s a great event to compete in,” he said.

Other winners in Tucson included steer wrestler Ethan Thouvenell, team ropers Erich Rogers and Kory Koontz, saddle bronc rider Wade Sundell, tie-down roper Ryan Jarrett, barrel racer Reiney Hatch and bull rider Cody Samora.