The idea for the Spirit Rider came from then-OSU Band Director Richard Kastendieck. In 1984, he and the President of the OSU Rodeo Association, a student named John Beall, started the tradition of the ?Spirit Rider.? Beall used his own quarterhorse, Della, to celebrate the touchdowns scored by the OSU football team. This soon became a staple of OSU football, and in 1988, Oklahoma State University bought its own black horse. A student contest in the O'Collegian provided the name, Bullet, and ever since the tradition has remained. Bullet makes his appearance with the marching band at the beginning of each home game and after each OSU touchdown. Be sure to watch for Bullet this fall!
Courtesy of: Dellinger, Doris A History of the Oklahoma State University Intercollegiate Athletics,? Oklahoma state University Centennial histories Series, Oklahoma State University Press, 1987.