Racing To Success

Texas Tech University rodeo team member receives national honors.  

Written by: Ben Samples

Texas Tech’s rodeo team barrel-racer Brittany Hofstetter was named as a recipient of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s 2007 Academic All-American honors.

The award recognizes students who have maintained at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA and also qualified for the 2007 College National Finals in Casper, Wyo., which is not an easy task, said assistant rodeo coach Phil Barnes.

"Brittany was one of only 44 students in the nation to be honored," Barnes said. "Considering that the past five national champions have all been from our region, it shows that Brittany has been up against strong competition."

Hofstetter, a senior agricultural communications major from Portales, N.M., says the honor not only recognizes individuals for their hard work, but also disproves a common stereotype of rodeo students as academically inferior.

"This is great for rodeo kids in general," Hofstetter said. "It shows that we work just as hard to keep our grades up as we do for rodeo. It’s neat that they recognize us for that."

In addition to earning a degree, Hofstetter is attempting to reach the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo held in December. The event brings together the world’s top 15 competitors in various events, including Hofstetter’s specialty – barrel racing. She currently is ranked 14 in the world by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

CONTACT: Phil Barnes, assistant coach, Texas Tech University Rodeo Team, (806) 789-4091, or