Equestrian Center Saddles Up For Cowboy Christmas Ball

The ball will be held at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10.

Written by Jaryn Jones

The ball will benefit the equestrian center and the services and educational programs it sponsors.

The ball will benefit the equestrian center and the services and educational programs it sponsors.

Texas Tech's Ranch Horse Program is hosting its first Cowboy Christmas Ball at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Texas Tech Equestrian Center (5712 CR 1500). Attendees can enjoy a barbecue dinner, silent auction, and live music by Desert Pearl and Jody Nix and the Texas Cowboys.

Tedd Mitchell, president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, will open the ceremony. The event is intended to be an annual celebration to raise awareness and funds, which will entirely benefit the equestrian center and the service and educational programs it houses.

Kim Guay, director of the equestrian center, said the center was donated in 2004 by Curtis and Sue Griffith, and many people are not aware of its existence.

"In the six years the center has been owned by Texas Tech we always intended to have a gala type of event," Guay said. "Now we are, and we want to raise proceeds that will help with barn maintenance, grounds maintenance and much more. We want to provide a quality place for all our programs to call home."

The center houses the Ranch Horse Program which encompasses the horse judging team, the ranch horse team, the therapeutic riding club, the equestrian team and the rodeo team. Throughout the year the center holds many events such as team roping, barrel races and clinics as well as classes during the week in different types of equine related subjects.

Individual tickets are offered for $40 or $75 per couple. Sponsor tables are available and silent auction donations are welcome. For more information contact the center at (806) 792-4682 or patsy.mcbee@ttu.edu.

Ranch Horse Program

Ranch Horse Program

The Ranch Horse Program at Texas Tech encompasses the horse judging team, the ranch horse team, the therapeutic riding club, the equestrian team and the rodeo team. Texas Tech offers exceptional facilities for their Ranch Horse Program including the Equestrian Center, Dubs Memorial Park and the Horse Center.

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