In 2020, following Covid-19, Scott Burris, Ph.D., chair for the Department of Agricultural Education and Communications, and his team implemented three value statements that would go on to shape the department into what it is now. The values served as a road map for navigating the unusual and trying time that they would soon face. Go Beyond, Invest in Others, and Create a Collaborative Culture are demonstrated daily amongst the students and faculty.

The HLSR helps 156 undergraduate students and eight graduate students in the Davis College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Out of the 156 undergraduate students, 45 of those students have been awarded $35,988 from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Endowed Scholarship, which was established in 1978.

Conner Chambers recalled the day their local veterinarian came out to the ranch to check the cattle. He motioned Chambers over to show him how he was completing the pregnancy check on their cow. Grinning ear to ear with excitement, it was at that moment he knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life working with animals.

The year 2007 brought above-average rainfall across the South Plains. Cole and Kyla Hamilton of Hamilton Farms in Shallowater, Texas, were at ease knowing their farming operation was 100% irrigated and their outlook was optimistic. But the West Texas weather can be unforgiving.

More Than a Show

Dedication is the word that commonly describes the Texas Tech Ranch Horse Team.