Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Masked Rider:

An Inventory of Its Records, 1938-2012, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Texas Tech University
Title: Masked Rider Records,
Dates: 1938-2012
Abstract: The records pertain to the history of the Texas Tech's mascot program, the Masked Rider.
Collection # U 114.1
Quantity: 1 Box (1.0 linear foot)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

The Masked Rider tradition began officially January 1, 1954, when a member of the Sheriff's Posse, Bert Eads, thought up the idea of having a horse lead the Red Raiders onto the football field at the start of each game. A beautiful black horse named Blackie was proved by Jim St. Clair. Joe Kirk Fulton became the first Masked Rider as he rode Blackie on the field during the Gator Bowl at Jacksonville, Florida. The Atlanta Journal described the event as "No team in any bowl game ever made a more sensational entrance." After Tech's victory, Fulton's father donated the start up gear for the Masked Rider, including horse trailer and saddle.

Unofficially, the Masked Rider has been sneaking onto the Tech football field since the 1930s. Since 1954, the official Masked Rider has been occupied by fifty Texas Tech students over the past fifty-seven years. Though the mascot has been a long tradition for Tech, the rules for performance on the field have changed as well as the costume itself. Many horses have been trained for their activities on the football field, including several owned by the Masked Rider at the time. Since 2002, the Masked Rider has ridden Midnight Matador.

Scope and Content

The materials contain information regarding the history of the Texas Tech Masked Rider program. The collection is alphabetized, however, a chronological, annotated listing of the Masked Riders and their horses is included.


Access Restrictions

Open for research

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Fulton, Joe Kirk
Lynch, Anne C.
Sports team mascots--Texas--Lubbock
Texas Tech University--Mascots
Texas Technological College--Mascots

Related Material

Joe Kirk Fulton oral history interview [sound recording], 1980

George M. Tate oral history interview [sound recording], 1990

Ralph L. Sellmeyer Photographs, 1920-1970

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Masked Rider Records, 1938-2012, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


Collection accession #(s):
1990-0152-B, 1999-0291-B, 2003-0166-A

Gifts, 1990-2003

Processed by

Lynn Whitfield, 1999

Collection Inventory



box folder
1 1 Abney, Michael "Dusty, 1998-1999
2 Aufill, Jennifer A., 1983-1984
3 Bell, Amy, 2006-2007
4 Brugin, Justin, 2005-2006
5 Burns, Kevin, 2007-2008
6 Cade, Larry, 1977-1978
7 Campbell, Kathleen, 1980-1981
8 Carruth, Johnny Bob, 1968-2003
9 Carruth, Kathryn "Katie", 2001-2002
10 Chadwell, Christi, 2010-2011
11 Church, Perry Joe, 1982-1987
12 Cloyd, Jim, 1956-1987
13 Durfey, Bill, 1962-1989
14 Fulton, Joe Kirk, 1953-1998 and undated
15 Ghost Riders 2003 and undated
16 Gilbreath, Lesley, 2000-2001
17 Gilbreath, Lisa, 1993-1994
18 Harris, Kurt, 1981-1982
19 Hertzog, Ashley, 2008-2009
20 Hight, Brianne, 2009-2010
21 History of the Masked Rider, 1938-2011
22 Holland, Ben, 2003
23 Hollar, Donald "Polly", 1957-1963
24 Hollar, Douglas, "Nubbin", 1963-1988
25 Hopping, Coke, 1979-1980
26 Horses, Masked Rider, 1963-2012
27 Hudspeth, J. R. "Russ", 1955-1988
28 Jeffers, Randy, 1971-1989
29 Jenkins, Daniel, 1986-1987
30 Key, Jarrell, 1985-1986
31 Key, Ralynn, 1991-1992
32 King, Joe Kim, 1975-1989
33 Labnier, Zurick, 1984-1985
34 Lemons, Blaine, 1990-1991
35 Lynch, Anne C., 1974-1975
36 Martin, Tommy, 1970-1984
37 Masked Raider Statue Debate, 1990
38 McDougal, Becky, 1997-1998
39 Melvin, Jessica, 2002-2004
40 Nobles, Gerald, 1973-1974
41 Puckitt, Lee W., 1978-1979
42 Raider Red, 1971-2008
43 Reed, Martha, 1996-1997
44 Reunion of Masked Raiders, 1968
45 Reunion of Masked Raiders, 1984
46 Rhea, J. H. "Hud", 1959-1988
47 Saunders, Kim, 1987
48 Self, JoLynn, 1995
49 Skinner, Bradley, 2011-2012
50 Smart, Amy, 1994-1995
51 Spence, Jason, 1992-1993
52 Stockard, Stacy, 2004-2005
53 Tate, George, 1937-1985
54 Thorne, Travis, 1999-2000
55 Tinnin, Tonya, 1989
56 Waggoner, Kelly, 1961-1962
57 Wall, Jess, 1976-1989
58 Whitehead, Lea, 1988-1989
59 Wilson, Douglas "Dink", 1964-1989 and undated