New Masked Rider named for 2017-2018 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

New Masked Rider named for 2017-2018

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Laurie Tolboom, a graduate student from Dublin, Texas, has been announced as the 56th Masked Rider for Texas Tech.

The announcement came Friday afternoon during the annual Transfer of the Reins ceremony, which was hosted at the McKenzi-Merket Alumni Center, according to a Tech news release. 

Tolboom completed her bachelor's degree in Agrucultural Communications in December and is now pursuing a master's degree in Mass Communications.

"I'm approaching this year with so much excitement. It's so incredible to be a part of this amazing tradition that has been so important to everybody," Tolboom said in the release. "I've heard a lot of people say that the Masked Rider is their favorite part of Texas Tech. It's a big reason why people come to games and why people love Texas Tech so much."

Familiar with horses and other animals, Tolboom was part of 4-H and was named the 2012 Youth World Champion and 2015 Reserve World Champion by the American Paint Horse Association. She joined the Tech equestrian team as a freshman and served as Western Team captain during her sophomore year.

Tolboom also served on the Masked Rider Field Safety Crew in 2014. And from 2015 until now was one of the Masked Riders assistants. 

"I love promoting Texas Tech and the Lubbock area," Tolboom said. "It's an indescribable feeling, joining the ranks of all these amazing people that love Texas Tech as much as I do. To have my name on that list -- that's pretty exciting."

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