Buckin’ Broncos; Tech’s Collegiate Rodeo Ready to Stampede into Lubbock
From the toes of his dusty boots to the tip of his cowboy hat, Texas Tech Rodeo Team Coach Chris Guay is a committed rodeo enthusiast. That’s one reason why he’s so upbeat today as he looks forward to the upcoming 63rd annual Texas Tech Rodeo. Set to start at 7 p.m. Oct. 18-20, the 15-team National Collegiate Rodeo Association’s Southwest Region sanctioned event will be held at the university’s equestrian center indoor arena.
“Come out and support our defending National Champion Women’s Team, and cheer for one or two of the manly cowboy [Red] Raiders, as well,” said Guay, who is a former professional and collegiate bareback bronc riding champion. Proceeds from the rodeo support the team’s annual general budget.
“Rodeo students will be selling rodeo tickets for half price ($5) next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (Oct. 15-17) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Texas Tech’s Student Union Building,” Guay said. Other pre-sale locations include $8 tickets at Lubbock’s Gebos and Dollar Western Wear. Tickets can also be purchased for $10 at the equestrian center’s front gate on Oct. 18-20. Children under six-years-old are admitted free to the rodeo events.
Among the standout Texas Tech students who’ve competed and placed so far this rodeo season are:
• Barrel Racing: Taylor Langdon, a senior exercise sports major from Aubrey
• Barrel Racing /Breakaway Calf Roping: Carley Richardson, a senior animal science major from Pampa
• Barrel Racing: Kirsten Stubbs, a senior agriculture and applied economics major from Eldorado
• Goat Tying/Breakaway Calf Roping: Traci Bailey, a junior agriculture education major from Payson, Utah
• Breakaway Calf Roping: Chelsea Brown, a senior mathematics major from Big Sandy, Montana
• Saddle Bronc Riding: Treyson Antonick, a sophomore pre-vet major from Henderson
• Saddle Bronc Riding: Zach Peterson, an agribusiness major from Afton, Iowa
Texas Tech’s rodeo teams are scheduled to compete in several more rodeos during the spring semester. According to Guay, their goal is to win a regional championship which will qualify them for the College National Finals Rodeo next summer. The top two teams and top three individuals in the region automatically advance to nationals in Casper, Wyoming.
For more than nine years, the Texas Tech Equestrian Center has been the heart of the region’s horse world here on the High Plains. The $3.2 million facility is located on the southwestern edge of Lubbock, about nine miles from the main campus. Spread across 45 acres, it is home to the university’s national champion ranch horse team, along with its competitive rodeo and equestrian teams. In addition, the center is headquarters for Tech’s outstanding therapeutic riding program.
Written by Norman Martin
CONTACT: Chris Guay, Instructor and Rodeo Coach, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2805 ex. 256 or www.ttu.edu/rodeo
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Editor’s Note: For more information about the Texas Tech Rodeo Team, go to www.ttu.edu/rodeo. A map to the Texas Tech Equestrian Center can be found at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/agriculturalsciences/news/?p=760