LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — The latest horse in the Texas Tech's Masked Rider school pride and spirit program goes by Woody but will get a new name to be chosen by fans.
School officials in Lubbock say the formal naming contest for the 8-year-old quarter horse began Friday and runs through March 1.
Texas Tech recently completed purchase of the 1,100-pound gelding called Hollywood at Dusk from a ranch in Tulia.
Woody replaces 13-year-old Midnight Matador. That horse was retired in October for medical reasons after serving as the Masked Rider's mount since 2002.
Woody has already made a large-crowd appearance as Tech's equine mascot. The horse was guided by Masked Rider Ashley Wenzel at the Dec. 28 Meineke Car Care Bowl at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Tech beat Minnesota 34-31.