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Waggoner wraps up record-breaking year as Masked Rider

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Pictured: Corey Waggoner as Masked Rider, Raider Red Pictured: Corey Waggoner as Masked Rider, Raider Red

Corey Waggoner has been the Masked Rider and the heart of Texas Tech spirit for the past year.

He and his valiant steed, Fearless Champion, have made it to more than 250 events across the state. From Houston to Midland to Arlington - they've seen it all together.

The duo shattered the old record of 150 event appearances by not turning down a single opportunity.

But although the glory of the Masked Rider is on display for a short 15 seconds as he tears across the field, Waggoner said getting ready for the games takes much longer.

"I would say from start to finish, it will take around two hours to get him ready." he said. "After all that, maybe you'll have time to get yourself ready."

Waggoner said the two are a match made in mascot heaven.

"He's just a really big goofball," he said. "He's fun to be around, but he's not your typical horse."

When the mask is off, the saddle is put away and the character is broken, it's just one student, one horse and one strong bond.

"When you work with a horse," he said, "you see him every day for a year. You build that bond, that connection you get when you ride a horse. But then again, when you have to give it all up at the end, it's not so easy."

Every year a new rider takes over, but the horse will stay for several years. Fearless Champion has been the Masked Rider's horse for two years now.

Waggoner will hand over the reins to the next Masked Rider on Saturday, April 19th.

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