In the late 1920s, Will "Sheriff" Watson, a loyal supporter of the University, decided to ride his white horse, Silver, at the head of the Cowboy Band in a parade. Attired in full Western dress to mirror the image of the Western-clad band members, Watson set an important pattern.
The idea proved so popular that a decision was made to include all of the flags of Texas history and to let six students carry the flags. The famous Six White Horse parade unit was born.
In 1962, Dr. W.O. "Doc" Beazley began directing the Six White Horses program. He came to HSU for the first time in 1948 and then returned in 1960 to serve in various teaching and administrative capacities.
Beazley became a widely known author of 11 books teaching children to appreciate horses. After 36 years of dedication and commitment, Doc retired from his role as director of the Six White Horses program in 1998.
Debbie Jones, the current directore, took over the program in 1998.