NCTC Alumna named Texas Tech Masked Rider

Elizabeth F. Abu | May 17, 2018

North Central Texas College Alumna Lyndi Starr was recently named the Masked Rider at Texas Tech University, the universities official mascot.    

A 2013 Mt. Vernon High School graduate, Starr first attended NCTC in Fall 2013. She was a member of the Stock Horse, Equestrian, and Horse Judging teams while at NCTC. In 2014, Starr and the Stock Horse Team were the Stock Horse of Texas (SHOT) Collegiate World Champions.

After the Fall 2015 semester, Starr graduated with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Equine Science and received the Equine Marketable Skills Certificate. She then transferred to Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

 “NCTC was a great place for me to start after high school rather than going straight to a university,” said Starr. “It gave me time to mature and the Equestrian program at NCTC really helped prepare me. In fact, without the Equine program, I more than likely would not be at Texas Tech or be the Masked Rider. The program, the coaches, and my teammates were all a vital part in the building blocks and foundation for what I needed in knowledge and experience to be prepared for Texas Tech.”

Starr still thinks of her time at NCTC and one instructor who made an impact on her life.

“Becky Terrell in the Equine department may not know, but she pushed me to be the best version of myself that I could be,” said Starr. “She made learning about horses fun and interesting and always went above and beyond in finding students the best resources she could. She was an excellent horse judging coach and with her coaching we had a very strong and successful horse judging team in the fall of 2015.”

Starr went through a rigorous interview and testing process in order to be selected for this honor by the Masked Rider Advisory Committee.

“I was in shock,” said Starr. “After the four-stage tryout process, you are either called if you were picked for the Masked Rider or emailed if you did not get chosen. So, you hear about this infamous phone call if you’re involved in the program at all and the whole time you’re like ‘oh I hope I get the phone call or I better watch my phone and keep in on in case I get the call,’ but there is absolutely nothing that will prepare you to see the phone number come across your caller I.D. The moment that I saw it, I was flooded with emotion. After all the hard work and investing of time, it had finally paid off and I achieved one of the biggest goals I had ever set for myself.”

Starr will graduate from Texas Tech University in May 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Communications.

“I would like to move back to the North Texas area and work in promotions or marketing for an Equine organization,” said Starr. “Eventually I would like to become a judge for the American Quarter Horse Association.”


Lyndi Starr with Fearless Champion 

Photo courtesy of Texas Tech University.