Noted equestrian instructor, manager Kelly Riccitelli joins Texas Tech's AFS
Kelly Riccitelli has been named an associate professor of practice (equine science) in Texas Tech's Department of Animal and Food Sciences, according to officials within the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. She officially stepped into her new teaching post on Sept. 1.
The California native indicated that she will work closely with the coaches of the Equestrian Team, Ranch Horse Team and Rodeo Teams to develop a strong connection between all users of Texas Tech's Equestrian Center. One of her primary goals here at Tech is to build up the horse judging program and competitive team.
Prior to joining the Tech faculty, Riccitelli worked as an equestrian instructor and manager of arena events at Still Creek Ranch in Bryan. She also served as director of the equine management program at Colby Community College in Colby, Kansas; and horse breeding manager/ranch manager at 6J Paint Horses, Hopes Creek Appaloosa Ranch, Arhopulos Quarter Horses, Little Bear Ranch and other individual breeders.
Earlier in her career, Riccitelli served as horse center manager and lecturer at Texas A&M University; and worked as a lecturer in animal science at California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. Riccitelli received her bachelor's degree in animal science from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. Her master's degree in animal science (physiology of reproduction) is from the University of Nevada-Reno. Her doctorate in physiology of reproduction-animal science is from Texas A&M University.
Riccitelli is an Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association Certified Horse Professional. Awards and recognitions for her include Co-Coached the Champion 4-H Horse Judging Team, Fort Worth Stock Show (2014); Judged Collegiate SHOT Team Challenge at Rodeo Austin (2014); Judge for ASHA/SHOT World Championship Show, Futurity & Derby (2012); and World Champion Working Hunter Mule and Res. World Champion Reining Mule (2003), and Reserve World Champion Pleasure Driving Mule and Obstacle Driving Mule (2004).
Written by Norman Martin
CONTACT: Michael Orth, chairman, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech University at (806) 834-5653 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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