New Riders Chosen for Six White Horses Team

New Riders Chosen for Six White Horses Team

A new team of Hardin-Simmons University Six White Horses Riders are excited about their upcoming schedule. The world-famous horses and their riders have been performing in parades and shows since the early 1930s and have marched in inaugural parades for six U.S. presidents.Debbie Jones, director of the Six White Horses Program, says, “We had an amazing turn out at the tryouts this week. The girls really stepped up their game this year. We also had lots of friends and families come out and cheer on the girls.”{{more}}A new team of riders are chosen every year, with last year’s riders also having to prove they are among the best at the tryouts. Students competing for the coveted spots are judged on horsemanship, personality, and appearance.Judges are primarily former Six White Horses riders or may have ridden on HSU rodeo teams; they know what qualities make a good rider. “This is not an easy task,” says Jones. Horses and riders are often required to gallop around an arena. The rider has to control the horse with one hand, and hold one of the six flags that have flown over Texas in the other hand.”The new riders are:Courtney Qujas, sophomore, Fort Worth, TXJennifer Mitchell, senior, Breckenridge, TXJessie Forrest, junior, Frisco, TXKate West, freshman, Denton, TXKayla Willis, sophomore, Granbury, TXKrystal Pence, sophomore, Coleman, TXRachel Newman, senior, Paris, TXTisha Bristow, junior, Hawley, TX“The team practices three nights a week to get ready for the season,” says Jones. “They also have to prep the horses with haircuts, scrubbing and manicuring, and prepare their riding gear and outfits for the upcoming shows. “Our schedule starts out with homecoming parades such as Aspermont, Breckenridge, and Woodson. Christmas parades start soon after that. But our next really huge event is the HSU Homecoming in October,” says Jones.2011 Major Event Schedule:October 1, Breckenridge HomecomingOctober 15, Woodson Homecoming October 20-23, HSU HomecomingNovember 30, Abilene Christmas ParadeDecember 2, Ranger Christmas Parade December 3, Dallas Children’s Christmas Parade