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As I pulled into the Texas Tech Equestrian Center, I immediately saw clouds of dust rising from behind a building. I drove slowly around to the back of the center and was pleased to see the Texas Tech Roping Team practicing. I was so excited and jumped out of my car in flip flops and walked towards the arena. As I approached, I noticed the calves huddled in the back trying to avoid being the next practice target. I situated my camera on the arena bars near the calves. As soon as I did, I captured this image. The light was perfect, and the dust filled the air. I stayed another 30 minutes watching as each team member tried to rope the young calves. I silently cheered as a few outran the ropers and their horses. I’ve been to rodeos before, but I have never been this close to the action. It was fascinating and I will be going back soon.

The Texas Tech Equestrian Center was donated to Texas Tech University in 2004 and is a premier equine event facility. The center consists of three indoor arenas, a 180-stall barn, and five outdoor arenas. It houses several programs including the Texas Tech Rodeo Team, Texas Tech Ranch Horse Team, Texas Tech Equestrian Team, and the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International premier accredited therapeutic riding program.

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