Founded in 1923 as Texas Technological College, the rodeo team would compete with
other groups in the area until the formation of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo
Association (NIRA) in 1949. Texas Tech's first rodeo team in 1947 won the first Texas
Intercollegiate Rodeo held at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. This first
rodeo was such a success that the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA)
was soon formed.