Lowe tops in first performance of RFD-TV’s The American Semi-FinalsPosted: Updated:
FORT WORTH, Feb. 19, 2016 – Bull rider Mason Lowe of Exeter, Mo., just 21, bested a threesome of PBR legends to win Friday at The American Semi-Finals in Fort Worth, Texas. His score of 170.25 points on two bested that of a trio of PBR legends, as Brazilians Guilherme Marchi, Wallace de Oliveira and Robson Palermo rounded out the top four.
Lowe was just 3 when he started riding calves on the ranch for fun, then he branched out into junior rodeos and this spring began making a name for himself at Touring Pro Division events. He’s likely now to get a chance to ride for $1 million, like his idol, Chris Shivers, once did.
A familiar name went to the top of the leaderboard in tie-down roping Friday night. Six-time world champion Cody Ohl tied his calf in 7.2 seconds to take the lead in the long round by a half-second. NFR qualifiers Cory Solomon and Justin Maass are also good bets to qualify for Sunday’s short round.
And in barrel racing, Ivy Conrado of Colorado went to the lead in the second round with a time of 13.829 seconds. She’s likely a lock to advance to RFD-TV’s The American on Feb. 28.
Conrado has taken the WPRA by storm, also, this year and has earned nearly $35,000 in less than five months of rodeos. She stands to win more than that here at The Semi-Finals. Derek Diedrich of Iowa is in second place and NFR qualifiers Christine Laughlin and Jackie Jatzlau also are making the top-10 cut.
In steer wrestling, Cole Edge had the edge, putting up a 3.8 to go to the lead in the long round. Canadian Cody Cassidy and NFR veteran Todd Suhn should be back for Sunday’s short round, as well.
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