The most recent Spirit Rider set to take the saddle with you for OSU Dwelling Soccer Video games
Cadlyn Smith is living the dream of a lifetime for a student from the state of Oklahoma. Smith will have the opportunity to lead Bullet through Boone Pickens Stadium to the sound of 60,000 roaring fans this fall.
Smith continues a tradition of women in the bullet saddle.
Before native Merritt Smith found out she was called the Spirit Rider, she was Miss Oklahoma Rodeo Queen in 2017.
“It was a natural thing to grow up,” said Smith.
She was also a barrel racing star in high school and a dreamer who stayed true to her cowgirl roots.
“It’s been on my dial for the past two years since I took this picture,” said Smith.
This picture represented a dream. It is a symbol that has drawn fans on match days since the Spirit Rider was officially recognized in 1984.
“People don’t even come with their kids to see the game, to see Bullet,” said Smith. “So you have the stuffed animals, you read the books. That it might be your first or maybe your fifth time meeting this horse, and the magic is still the same.”
Smith had felt that magic since her first day at Stillwater, the work that only a Spirit Rider required.
“Riding different horses, carrying flags, and working to get the experience I needed,” said Smith. “I joked with my mom and said, ‘I won’t graduate until I become a Spirit Rider.'”
Smith’s hard work paid off when she was granted Spirit Rider status in April.
“Next month I’ll be traveling to the ranch, which is three hours from my hometown, where I live this summer,” said Smith. “I’ll ride him three days a week and get him in top shape for the football season. “
In a few months, it will be time to step onto the lawn. The cowboy believers will cheer Smith on Bullet’s back.
“It was a big dream of mine,” said Smith. “It was a huge goal.”