Formerly known as the Caprock Equestrian Center, the Texas Tech Equestrian Center was donated by Curtis and Sue Griffith in 2004. It started with a small indoor riding arena built for their daughter so she was able to ride during inclement weather. After studying facilities designed for different events the Griffiths came to the conclusion that Lubbock needed an equestrian facility designed for a variety of events. The equestrian center was built not to make a profit but in hopes to pay for the utilities. After running the facility for five years, Sue knew she could not keep up with the growing facility much longer and selling it was not an option.
Shortly after, Griffith met former Texas Tech Rodeo Coach Chris Guay when the idea came to mind to donate the facility to Texas Tech for equine science classes and the therapeutic riding program.
The initial donation included a 125-feet wide by 255-feet long indoor arena with offices, a covered warm-up arena, three outdoor arenas, and an outdoor warm-up arena, as well as a 180-stall barn and a five-stall barn for horses.
Since being donated, the TTEC is home to the Rodeo Team, Ranch Horse Team, Equestrian Teams and Therapeutic Riding Center.