Texas Tech Masked Rider Program
2017-2018 Masked Rider
Laurie Tolboom, a graduate student from Dublin, Texas, completed her bachelor's degree in agricultural communications in December 2016 and is now pursuing her master's degree in mass communications. As a young girl, Laurie loved horses and received her first horse at age 5.
Though her family didn't have much horse experience, Laurie's mom enrolled her in lessons, horse camps and 4-H to help her learn as much as possible. Her knowledge of horses continued to grow throughout high school, with Laurie competing in English and Western show events.
As part of 4-H, Laurie learned about horse and tack care, riding and horse judging. As she grew older, Laurie held several leadership positions, including president, and led lessons and discussions on horses with younger members.
After four years of showing in the Texas 4-H Horse Show, Laurie and Charli, her own horse, made the trip together to Texas Tech University. Laurie joined the Texas Tech Equestrian Team as a freshman and served as Western Team Captain her sophomore year.
Laurie's dedication to horses has led to numerous awards and honors, including multiple top-five and top 10-placings from 2011 to 2014 at the Texas 4-H Horse Show; 2012 Youth World Champion and 2015 Reserve World Champion from the American Paint Horse Association; and multiple wins and top-five packings as part of the Texas Tech Equestrian Team.
In 2014, Laurie served on the Masked Rider Field Safety Crew, and from 2015 to 2017, as one of the Masked Rider assistants for the 54th & 55th riders, Rachel McLelland and Charlie Snider.
As the 56th Masked Rider, she hopes to uphold the long-standing traditions of the program, represent the university to the best of her ability and share her love of Texas Tech. Laurie also hopes to increase the Masked Rider's presence on campus and among students.
After serving as the 2017-2018 Masked Rider, Laurie plans to use the communication, photography and design skills she's cultivated while completing her communications degrees to share her love of horses and agriculture with others. She plans to work in the equine or agriculture industry as a graphic designer, photographer or videographer.
"I love promoting Texas Tech and the Lubbock area, and being the symbol of Texas Tech will be pretty cool," Laurie said. "It's an indescribable feeling, joining the ranks of all these amazing people that love Texas Tech as much as I do. To have my name on that list - that's pretty exciting."
Written by Amanda Castro-Crist
Texas Tech Office of Communications & Marketing
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News & Highlights
- Official mascot of Texas Tech University
- Attend over 200 public appearances
- Travels about 15,000 miles per year
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- 2017 Tryout Dates Announced
- From Dublin, Texas
- Tech's 56th student to serve
- Graduate Student, Mass Communications
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