ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – It wasn’t a Long Shot for Will Lowe.
The three-time PRCA Bareback Riding World Champion had an 86-point ride on the Cervi Brothers’ horse to capture the title at the New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo (Sept. 12-13 & 16-19).
“The Cervis’ colts have really been coming on strong,” Lowe said about his winning ride. “They’ve been trying hard to make their bucking horse program really step up, and (Long Shot) had a good day. It could’ve gone the other way, and not been any good, but I got lucky. The horse really jumped in the air.”
Lowe, who won gold buckles in 2003, 2005 and 2006, had his ride on Long Shot at Tingley Coliseum on Sept. 16. Lowe was in sixth place in the Sept. 15 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings, but this $4,977 win should move him up to fourth place in the standings.
“Albuquerque is always a real fun rodeo to go to,” Lowe said. “They have their state fair going on, and a lot going on around the rodeo, and that makes the rodeo better. I’m just glad I had a good day there. You never know what those colts are going to do. It just feels good to finish off the season strong.”
Lowe, who has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo 12 years in a row, finished third in the world standings a year ago.
The PRCA regular season ends Sept. 30, and Lowe will be headed back to the Wrangler NFR Dec. 4-13 at the Thomas & Mack Center.
“My mindset (at the NFR) is the same as anybody who enters the rodeo, I plan on winning,” Lowe said. “You don’t enter the rodeo thinking you are going to take fourth or fifth, or something like that, you plan on winning.”
The other winners at the $165,639 rodeo were all-around cowboy Trevor Brazile ($3,631, tie-down roping and team roping), steer wrestler Rowdy Parrott (3.4 seconds), team ropers Tom Richard and Cesar de la Cruz, and Jake Cooper and Tyler McKnight (4.6 seconds each), saddle bronc riders Allen Boore (82 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Whistling Dixie) and Cole Elshere (82 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Sister-in-law By Vitalix), tie-down roper Michael Otero (7.4 seconds), barrel racer Mary Walker (15.59 seconds) and bull rider Sage Kimzey (89 points on The Cervi Brothers’ Wolverine Construction Ringo).
Courtesy of PRCA