University’s famous Six White Horses have a new team of riders.
team, chosen September 16 through an intensive process, is composed of six new
members and two returning members. The team includes:
Alice McKinney, sophomore accounting major from Goldsboro,
sophomore communication major from Kaufman,
Goodlett, sophomore communication major
from Abilene, TX (Returning)
Kayla Pepper, sophomore public relations major from Lubbock,
Kristy Beam, junior accounting major from Abilene, TX
Lauren Thurman, senior nursing major from Cedar Park, TX
Sarah Bowen, sophomore biology major from Carrollton, TX
Whittney Martin, freshman education major from Cleburne, TX
Students compete for the coveted spots through a process including both a panel interview and
demonstration of horse-riding skills. Applicants are judged on
showmanship, personality, and appearance.
“This year we had 12 riders tryout and we are blessed to
have such a talented group,” said Debbie Jones, director of the White Horse
Jones said all of the riders chosen for this year’s team
demonstrated skills that included controlling the horse with one hand while
holding a flagpole and maintaining balance in the saddle. Riders can expect at
least two weekly practices lasting an hour at a minimum, all in preparation for
over 100 planned engagements each year.
When asked what enticed the riders to try out, each had a
“This is the reason why I came to Hardin-Simmons,” said
Teammate Lauren Thurman added, “Being apart of the team and
riding in my first parade has helped me fulfill one of my childhood
While the team prepares for a full season of rodeos, parades
and special appearances, they have not lost sight of why they are at
“They have to find balance between studying and working with
the team,” said Jones. “If they don’t make the grade, they don’t ride.”
For more information on future engagements visit www.hsutx.edu
or to request an appearance by the Six White Horses contact Debbie Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org.