Texas Tech University

Our Teams

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TTU Ranch Horse Team

Six time National Champions and two time Reserve National Champions since their start in 2005, the Texas Tech Ranch Horse Team consists of fifteen to twenty undergraduate and graduate students who love the Ranching Industry. The team competes in working cow horse, reining, stock horse trail, and stock horse pleasure through the Stock Horse of Texas Association and American Stock Horse Association in hopes of building a more versatile ranch horse.
Coach: Justin Stanton


TTU Equestrian Team

The Texas Tech Equestrian Team consists of undergraduate students, regardless of classification, who travel across the country to represent Texas Tech University in Intercollegiate Horse Shows. The team competes in both Hunt Seat and Western Divisions and riders may show in more than one discipline. Texas Tech is in Zone 7, Region 2 of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).
Coach: Danica Jorgensen 


TTU Rodeo Team

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.
Coach: Jerrad Hofstetter 


TTU Horse Judging

Horse judging is an academic sport that tests the knowledge of horseman to be able to understand, apply and defend the industry deals of many different breeds and disciplines. Tech judging team members spend countless hours learning the industry ideals and rules for breeds and disciplines such as: National Cutting Horse Association,
National Reining Horse Association, American Quarter Horse Association, Arabian Horse Association, Saddlebred, and Tennessee Walking Horses. Intercollegiate Horse Judging Teams compete in 8 contests across the nation which includes: Spring Sweepstakes, Whitesboro, TX; Middleton Tennessee Collegiate Sweepstakes, in
Middleton, TN; Tulsa State Fair, OK; AQHA Congress, Columbus, OH; AQHA World Championship Show, Oklahoma City, OK; Arabian Nationals in Oklahoma City, OK; National Reining Horse Association Futurity in Oklahoma City, OK; and the National Cutting Horse Futurity, Fort Worth, TX.
Coach: Dr. Kelly Riccitelli


Therapeutic Riding & Therapy Center

The TRTC provides therapeutic riding and hippotherapy to children and adults in the South Plains Area servicing about 125 individuals in 2015. The Therapeutic Center also works with students to train and conduct research that benefits the EAAT industry.
Director: Tangi Irwin

Contact Our Team

Justin Stanton

Ranch Horse, Coach

Danica Jorgensen

Equestrian Team, Coach

Jerrad Hoffstetter

Rodeo, Coach 

Dr. Kelly Riccitelli

Horse Judging, Coach

Tangi Irwin