For the past several weeks I have been featuring scenes from my alma mater, Hardin-Simmons University. Located in Abilene, Texas HSU proudly embraces its western heritage. One of the iconic groups on campus is the Six White Horses. Each rider caries one of the six flags that have flown over Texas.
The Six White Horses began with a single rider in the late 1920’s. Will “Sheriff” Watson decided to ride in front of the Cowboy Band in attire similar to that of the band members. It was so well liked that a student riding unit was formed to carry the flags of Texas.
The new White Horse Center is named for Dr. W.O. “Doc” Beazley who served as director of the white horses from 1962-1998. Beazley authored a series of children’s books about the White Horses.