The Spirit Rider Statue is a symbol of pride that’s a tribute to the Spirit Rider who rallies fans on football game days and to the spirit
of the Old West on which OSU was founded. Sculpted by world-renowned American West
artist Jim Hamilton, the piece was commissioned by the OSU Foundation and installed
on campus in 1994.
The Spirit Rider became the unofficial emblem of Oklahoma State following the January
2001 plane crash that claimed the lives of 10 Cowboys affiliated with the men’s basketball program. Flowers, cards, thoughts and
prayers surrounded this strong symbol of campus, bringing the OSU family even closer
together. The strength and spirit of the university were celebrated nationwide in
March 2004 when the Spirit Rider served as a backdrop for the launching of ESPNU.
Since 1984, the Spirit Rider has come to life at every home football game. Riding
astride the horse Bullet, the Spirit Rider races to the 30-yard-line at Boone Pickens
Stadium to celebrate every touchdown.
The Spirit Rider is a visual testament of the traditions, history and heart of the cowboy: loyal and true.