AMARILLO and Lubbock, Texas (PRESS RELEASE) — Here is a press release from Texas Tech University:
In 1956, visionary Lonnie Allsup and his wife, Barbara, opened a one-of-a-kind store in Clovis, New Mexico. Since then, the Allsup convenience store has been a fixture in cities across West Texas and New Mexico. Lonnie also left an indelible mark in Texas and New Mexico on the equine world.
To honor Allsup’s legacy and love for horses, the Allsup Family Charitable Foundation generously donated $1 million to Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine in Amarillo. For this contribution, the School of Veterinary Medicine has named its Equine Skills Lab at Mariposa Station “The Allsup Family Charitable Foundation Equine Clinical Skills Lab”.
“We are very grateful for the generosity of the Allsup family,” said Guy Loneragan, Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine. “We are now tasked with adding to the family’s incredible legacy by providing students with world-class hands-on training in all things equine medicine at the Allsup Family Charitable Foundation’s Equine Clinical Skills Lab. The extraordinary generosity of donors provides us with unique opportunities to provide educational excellence to our students in an unparalleled environment.
As Allsup grew his business, his love for horses sparked a passionate hobby that would become very dear to him. Owning several ranches, he was heavily involved in the training and showing of cutting horses.
Allsup served as president of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA), established a breeding program that produced many advertised horses, including Little Badger Dulce, and was successful in the show paddock, where he won the non-professional world championship. During his career, he shone a light on West Texas and New Mexico by hosting one of the first shows for seniors at Farwell.
Some might say that Allsup helped rekindle the equine impact in West Texas and highlighted the need for quality equine veterinary care in our rural and regional communities. Lonnie and his longtime trainer, Pete Branch, had several excellent veterinarians caring for his cutting horses, one of whom is Britt Conklin of the School of Veterinary Medicine, Associate Dean of Clinical Programs.
“In the horse world, especially in West Texas, and in the context of the cutting horse, there were no bigger brands than the upside-down A of Allsup and Pete Branch,” Conklin said.
For many years, the family has had a strong presence and connection to communities in West Texas.
In fact, Allsup grew up just 80 km from Lubbock. It was Lubbock where he would later marry his high school girlfriend, Barbara, and attend Texas Tech University before joining the US Air Force.
Several years later, his daughter-in-law, Jessica, who is now the director of the Allsup Family Charitable Foundation, attended Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Amarillo (TTUHSC). Back then, she would never have envisioned that the empty lot north of the TTUHSC Amarillo Regional Campus would one day become Texas Tech’s new school of veterinary medicine.
Today, the family continues to leave a mark in West Texas and at Texas Tech, and this time it’s in a way that helps the equine and veterinary industries. The School of Veterinary Medicine will use their input to provide world-class training to veterinary students in its state-of-the-art Equine Skills Laboratory. This will have a significant impact on students that will run for many generations to come.
“It is our honor to partner with Texas Tech to train future equine veterinarians and to have this opportunity to give back to communities in West Texas and East New Mexico who deserve quality equine care. and accessible,” said Barbara Allsup.
About the School of Veterinary Medicine
Through the generosity of Amarillo and Texas communities and the commitment of legislators across the state, Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine at Amarillo was established in 2018. In March 2021, the school was awarded the very important status of provisional. Accreditation, from the Council on Education (COE) of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
The School of Veterinary Medicine recruits and selects students with deep life experiences in rural and regional communities. Its curriculum focuses on the skills and abilities needed to succeed in the types of practice that support these communities. Texas Tech’s innovative and cost-effective model partners with the broader veterinary practice community across the state to provide clinical and real-world experiential learning.
(Texas Tech University press release)