Charlie Snider, accepted the reins to Fearless Champion on Friday, April 15, becoming the 55th student to proudly wear the black mask and scarlet cape.
Snider, a junior from Corinth, is a student in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences within the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources majoring in animal sciences with a focus on equine science. Since he began riding horses at age 13, Charlie has loved spending time working with, riding and caring for horses and continues to do so today.
When he began his equine career, Charlie worked as a horse exerciser for a small barn in his hometown and soon after found a trainer and purchased his own horse to begin riding.
Throughout high school and into his college career at Texas Tech, Charlie's knowledge of horses grew. Charlie joined the Texas Tech Equestrian Team his freshman year in 2013 where he showed both Western and Hunt Seat against colleges and universities in Zone 7, Region 2 of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. That region includes universities such as the University of North Texas, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Texas-Austin, West Texas A&M University, Tarleton State University and other schools in the South.
Charlie has constantly shown a strong work ethic by working with two horse barns outside of the Texas Tech Equestrian Team's responsibilities and also as an assistant to the Masked Rider.
From 2014 to 2016, Charlie served as one of the Masked Rider's assistants for the 53rd and 54th riders, Mackenzie White and Rachel McLelland.
Charlie says his experience with horses in the past eight years has taught him how to handle many different situations with horses and being an assistant to the Masked Rider has given him a lot of insight into the program and what it means to be the most iconic symbol for the university.
Dedicating most of his free time to all things horses, Charlie's hard work has earned him numerous awards and honors, including top six placements in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association shows, president for the Texas Tech Equestrian Team and an opportunity to ride with Team USA rider Sinead Halpin, who was the first alternate in the 2012 London Olympic Games, who also rode with the eventing team for the 2014 Normandy World Games.
All of Charlie's hard work has finally paid off as he now becomes the 55th Masked Rider for Texas Tech University.
Charlie says becoming the Masked Rider is such an honor and he can't wait to see where this year will take him as an ambassador for the university.
After his term as the 2016-17 Masked Rider, Charlie plans to further his knowledge in the equine industry by continuing to work with horses and possibly manage a horse barn.
"It really does mean a lot to me to represent the university to this capacity," he said. "I'm just excited to see where we will go, what we will do, and making sure that everyone who comes in contact with the Masked Rider and Fearless Champion has the best experience possible."
Written By: K'Leigh Sims, TTU Marketing & Communications
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