Cowboy profiles

Editor’s note: This the first in a series of profiles of cowboys scheduled to appear in the 44th Pioneers Day Rodeo on Friday through Sunday at the Curry County Event Center.

Will Lowe

• Events: Bareback riding

• Born: Dec. 24, 1982, in Gardner, Kansas

• Joined PRCA: 2001

• PRCA career earnings: $2.228 million

• World titles: 2003, 2005-06

• WNFR qualifications: 12

• Current residence: Canyon, Texas

• College: Vernon (Texas) College

• 2014 world standings: 13th, $20,748

• 2013 world standings place: 3rd

• 2013 Wrangler NFR place: 4th

• 2013 earnings:$183,255

• Noteworthy: Three-time defending champion at the Pioneers Day Rodeo … Hobbies include horse training and fishing  … Appeared in Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd in the Oct. 20, 2003, issue for tying the bareback riding world record of 94 points at the Summer Tour Finale in Omaha, Nebraska … Earned $112,500 in winning the 2008 Calgary (Alberta) Stampede … Travels with Wes Stevenson, Royce Ford and Tom McFarland; they call their group the “Wolf Pack” … Rodeo idols are Bruce Ford, Clint Corey and Mark Garrett

Source: PRCA website