Texas Tech University

New Masked Rider Takes Reins, Raider Red Passes Guns to New Mascot

Amanda Castro-Crist

April 20, 2018

(VIDEO) The Texas Tech mascots for the 2018-2019 year began their duties after the transfer.

Masked Rider

2018-19 Texas Tech Masked Rider Unveiled at Transfer of Reins

Texas Tech University on Friday (April 20) named Lyndi Starr, a senior agricultural communications major from Mount Vernon, as its 57th Masked Rider. Starr will serve in the position for the 2018-19 academic year.

The 56th Masked Rider, Laurie Tolboom, wore the mask and cape one last time before passing the reins of horse Fearless Champion to Starr during the annual Transfer of Reins ceremony at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center. 

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Lyndi Starr

The 57th Mascot to Wear the Mask and Cape

Lyndi Starr grew up around horses during most of her childhood, but it wasn't until she was about 14 years old that she really got serious about riding. When she heard about a 4-H clinic for horses happening at the Duke Riding Arena in her hometown of Mount Vernon, she decided to start by taking her family's horse to get a Coggins test, a procedure that checks for equine infectious anemia.

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Raider Red

Outgoing Raider Reds Revealed at Passing of the Guns Ceremony

Texas Tech University students Hanna Brainard of White Deer, and James Ray of Canyon, were revealed Friday (April 20) as the students who served as the Raider Red mascot for the 2017-18 academic year. The two were revealed at the annual Passing of the Guns ceremony in the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center.

Like Raider Reds of the past, both students said getting into the suit brought out bits of their own personality they usually don't display in everyday life.

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