The Masked Rider celebrates 60th anniversary

Masked Rider Celebrates 60th Anniversary

From its bold beginning, the program evolved into one of the most recognizable mascots in the country.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of one of Texas Tech University’s most storied traditions – the Masked Rider.

As football season begins Saturday, Red Raider fans across the nation anxiously wait for the first ride of the season. The crowd roars “Raider Power,” the Goin’ Band from Raiderland plays the fight song and the rifles shoot, signaling the official start of Red Raider football.

One of those fans excited for that first ride of the season is Mackenzie White, this year’s Masked Rider.

White and horse Fearless Champion will make their debut Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium for the Texas Tech-Central Arkansas game.

“I’m excited and nervous all at the same time,” she said. “I’ve heard from past riders that there’s nothing like it in the world. It’s completely inexplicable.”