Mackenzie White accepted the reins to Fearless Champion on April 18, 2014, becoming the 53rd student to don the mascot mask and cape.
White, a junior from Marble Falls, is majoring in agricultural and applied economics with minors in Arabic and Spanish. Born into a "horse family," White says she fell in love with horses even before she could walk. In the coming year she will promote spirit and goodwill for Texas Tech at athletic events and other school and civic appearances throughout Texas, while sharing her passion for riding and love for the university. "The Masked Rider is the single-most recognized representative of Texas Tech," White said. "Ideally, my Masked Rider legacy will be one of a hard-working horsewoman who was consistently dedicated not only to the position and its duties, but also to Texas Tech University and all that it stands for – honor, integrity, boldness and accomplishment."
White also is a member of the Texas Tech Equestrian Team, on which she competes in the advanced division against other collegiate equestrians through the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association.
At age 8, White began competing and has since competed at all levels, ranging from local 4-H shows to world championship breed shows. She also has competed in horse judging since that age, consistently placing in the top 5 at the APHA World Horse Show Judging Contest.
Her show career was predominantly focused on Western and English competitive show events such as Western Horsemanship, Western Pleasure and English Equitation; White also is well-versed in jumping, Western speed events and reining.
Other titles and accolades she has earned include various places in the State 4-H Horse Show competitions in 2003, 2007 and 2011 as well as a finalist in Stock Horse Trail, Western Horsemanship, Reigning, Western Riding and Showmanship in 2011. She was named Miss Rodeo Duchess and Princess, Burnet County.
After graduation in May 2015, she plans to go to law school and pursue a career in agricultural law.
Written by Callie Jone, TTU Communications
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