Tune In: SMU names its wild mustangs

Madeleine Pickens

Tune In: SMU names its wild mustangs

Mustang Naming CeremonyLast year, Madeleine Pickens gifted two rescued, trained mustangs to SMU during a “Salute To The Mustangs” event hosted by her non-profit organization, Saving America’s Mustangs Foundation.

On Aug. 26, 2010, SMU and the Mustang football team named the horses in a ceremony at the Mustang statues just outside Moody Coliseum. The black mustang was named “Liberty,” while the brown mustang will be called “Justice.” Members of the Seminole Nation symbolically painted and blessed the horses.

> Watch a highlight video courtesy of SMU News’ Eva Parks. video
> More on the Mustang mascots’ roles

September 1, 2010|Tune In|

New mustangs’ roles at SMU football games defined

SMU mustangsSMU’s two new mustangs, given to the University earlier this fall by the National Wild Horse Foundation with the support of Madeleine and T. Boone Pickens, will participate in their first official University duties at this weekend’s SMU football game against Rice.

In a decision reached this week by members of the Student Senate, staff representatives and members of the Mustangs football team, the new horses will lead the team from the Mustangs statue at the north end of Mustang Plaza, passing through Doak Walker Plaza, and proceeding to Gerald J. Ford Stadium before each of SMU’s three remaining home games.

Peruna, the Mustangs’ official mascot, will then fulfill his generations-long tradition of leading the team from the locker room and onto the field. He also will continue to run across the field after SMU scores and will always be positioned at the end of the field to which the SMU offense is headed.

While Peruna handles his normal responsibilities, the mustangs will remain at Ford Stadium near the field’s southwest corner.

The University wishes to thank Student Senator Matthew Neman, Student Body Vice President Allison Reyes, Student Senator and Peruna Handler Jake Torres, football Captain Chase Kennemer and teammate Pete Fleps for their leadership and unifying efforts to incorporate gracefully our new horses into the color and pageantry of SMU Mustangs football.

(Above, Madeleine Pickens and SMU Athletic Director Steve Orsini stand between SMU’s two new mustangs at the “Salute to the Mustangs” halftime event during the SMU-Navy game Oct. 17.)

November 6, 2009|News|

Peruna gets a friend as part of ‘Salute to the Mustangs’

National Wild Horse Foundation announcement at SMUBusinesswoman and philanthropist Madeleine Pickens, businessman and financier T. Boone Pickens, SMU Coach June Jones and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback and Super Bowl VI MVP Roger Staubach have announced a “Salute to the Mustangs” event to be held during pre-game and halftime of the SMU-Navy football game at Gerald J. Ford Stadium Oct. 17.

At the game, Madeleine and T. Boone Pickens will present SMU President R. Gerald Turner, Coach Jones and SMU with a trained mustang as a gift to the school. The first 10,000 fans through the gates will receive an SMU spirit towel.

The event is designed to raise awareness of efforts to protect and save America’s wild horses. Madeleine Pickens has proposed a plan by which her National Wild Horse Foundation (NWHF), a private non-profit foundation, will establish a sanctuary as a permanent home to protect and care for wild horses presently in captivity. The sanctuary also would provide a location for the public to visit and appreciate the horses.

To help build support for the campaign, Coach Jones and Madeleine Pickens have sent out a letter to high schools that have horse-related mascots, including the Mustangs, the Broncos, the Cowboys, the Colts, the Stallions, the Caballeros and the Mavericks, asking them to join the effort. Members of the general public also can demonstrate their support through the MadeleinesMustangs.org website.

(Above, left to right: SMU Head Football Coach June Jones, philanthropists Madeleine and T. Boone Pickens, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach and SMU President R. Gerald Turner.)

Read the official NWHF announcement, courtesy of SMU News
Learn more at MadeleinesMustangs.org

October 1, 2009|News|
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