• Courtesy of Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine.

Texas Tech Vet Lab Named After Cutting Breeders

Students at Texas Tech School of Veterinary Medicine will study in a lab named after two successful cutting horse breeders.

Officials with the college announced Wednesday, May 4, that its equine skills lab at Mariposa Station would be called The Allsup Family Charitable Foundation Equine Clinical Skills Lab.

In 1956, visionary Lonnie Allsup and his wife, Barbara, opened a one-of-a-kind store in Clovis, New Mexico. Since then, the Allsup’s Convenience Store has been a staple in towns all across West Texas and New Mexico. Lonnie also left an indelible mark in the Western performance horse industry as breeders and owners of top-notching cutting horses.

To honor Allsup’s legacy and his love for horses, the Allsup Family Charitable Foundation generously gifted $1 million to the Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine in Amarillo and were bestowed naming rights to the lab.

“We are so thankful for the generosity of the Allsup family,” School of Veterinary Medicine Dean Guy Loneragan said in a statement announcing the name. “Now we are entrusted to add to the family’s incredible legacy by providing students with world-class, hands-on education in all things equine medicine in The Allsup Family Charitable Foundation Equine Clinical Skills Lab. The extraordinary generosity of donors provides us unique opportunities to deliver educational excellence for our students in an environment that is second-to-none.”

While Lonnie Allsup expanded his business, his love for horses sparked a passionate hobby that would become very dear to him. Owning several ranches, he became heavily involved with training and showing cutting horses. 

Lonnnie Allsup, who passed away in 2018, served as president of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA), established a program that showed or produced many heralded horses including NCHA Horse of the Year winners Little Badger Dulce and Kit Kat Sugar.

In addition, Lonnie Allsup rode Little Badger Dulce to the 1996 NCHA Non-Pro World Championship.

Together, the Allsups bred the winners of more than $7.1 million and owned the earners of more than $4.9 million, according to EquiStat.

The Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine in Amarillo was established in 2018. In March 2021, the school was granted the all-important status of Provisional Accreditation, from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council on Education (COE).