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.
"I look forward to representing Texas Tech, meeting new people and creating connections for the university and myself," Starr said. "I'm excited about bonding with Fearless Champion and being part of such an important university tradition."
Though she didn't begin serious training as a rider until age 14, Starr quickly became an award-winning horsewoman. In her first show in 2011, she and her 2-year-old stock horse, Blue, placed third among 20 competitors. In her very next show, the Texas 4-H State Horse Show, they took home five ribbons.
Starr continued riding throughout high school, earning multiple awards in Texas and Oklahoma. She was recruited to North Central Texas College where she completed an associate degree in applied equine science and competed as part of the stock horse team and the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) Western Horsemanship team. In 2015, she was named the IHSA Western Regional Reserve Champion.
Since transferring to Texas Tech in 2016, Starr has been a member of the Ranch Horse Team, the Equestrian Team and the Horse Judging Team and has served as the on-site resident for the Texas Tech Equestrian Center. In 2017, she was named the Stock Horse of Texas Limited Non-Pro World Champion and Collegiate Limited Non-Pro Year-End Reserve Champion.
Starr coaches an FFA and 4-H horse judging team and is a member of the American Quarter Horse Association, the National Cutting Horse Association, the National Reining Horse Association and the American Paint Horse Association.
As the 57th Masked Rider, Starr said she will use her skills as an agricultural communications major to continue cultivating a relationship with the public in person and online via social media. She also hopes to be a positive role model and leader to those who aspire to one day wear the mask and cape.
"I believe being the Masked Rider is about far more than attending football games," Starr said. "I want to spread the school spirit that brings West Texans together as a family, and I want to inspire others to attend college, set goals and go after them."