- Where are you from?
- How many teams do you represent?
- How were you chosen to be school mascot?
I was identified for my intimidating stature, brute strength, determined leadership and steely resolve as a colt while wandering the bucolic fields surrounding Morrisville State College. For years many attempted to rein me in, but I was young, wild and had to be free. But, once I saw the humans at Morrisville State College and I shared many characteristics, I decided to join them. I have to be honest, many of them are horse lovers and the palatial facilities they have for us horses didn’t hurt either. Now I stand with my fellow mustangs, human and horse alike, to let visiting teams know that we mean business.
- Do you have any friends that are mascots?
Oh sure. Being a mascot is like joining an exclusive club. When I get some free time I like to visit with Wildcat at SUNYIT and Red Dragon at SUNY Oneonta. We get together and discuss things non-mascots wouldn’t know anything about. They are great friends, that is, until our schools are competing against each other. When it is competition time we set aside our friendship.
- What is your favorite campus event?
Mustang Weekend- Hello! It’s named after me of course. This fall event brings thousands of students, friends, family members, alumni and community members out to celebrate the new school year. We have a bbq, a homecoming football game, alumni reunions, a cruise-in and a carnival to name a few. One year I zip lined through the carnival surrounded by all of my campus friends!
- What do you consider to be the ideal fan?
The ideal fan is three things: passionate, knowledgeable and loyal. Passionate in that their enthusiasm is so infectious it spreads like wildfire across the crowds at our events, creating new fans in its wake. Knowledgeable in that they notice and cheer on the little things our athletes do that contribute to wins. And lastly loyal in that the ideal fan is a fixture at every contest, home or away. Loyal fans live for wins and are there with words of encouragement in the losses. I am lucky to have so many fans with these qualities.
- What’s it like to be a mascot?
Being a mascot is the best! My friends say I like to be the center of attention, but “like” is seriously underselling it. I LIVE for the spotlight. I love that everywhere I go people know me. I also love our athletes, the fans and my work. My motto is that old Confucius saying: “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
- What do you like to do for fun?
I don’t have a lot of free time during the school year, so when I do I like to treat myself. I go up to the college’s Equine Rehabilitation Center and let our students pamper me. I will get some exercise in, either swimming in the pool or jogging on the underwater treadmill, then cool my joints and muscles in the cold saltwater spa before drying off in the solarium. From there I head off to the stall to be brushed out while eating a light meal of carrots. Don’t judge.
- What is your favorite Broadway play?
Without a doubt, War Horse. So amazing, so inspirational. Sometimes when I am tired and have back to back games I will remind myself of all the things Joey had to go through in that war. But, if I was being critical I would say that I could do a better job as Joey than that animatronic horse. Producers: call me in the off-season and we can talk.
- What is your favorite New York State Destination?
That has to be The Great New York State Fair. But, that is because my Morrisville State College humans and animals are all over the place! The college has their own building near the Native American Village and they keep a stall open for me to crash in when it is too hot or I have had too many treats. Plus, a couple of my horse buddies are always there to keep me company. I like seeing all the sights and one day I would like to ride some of the rides, they look like fun. But, every time I get to the front of the line they tell me that they can’t let a horse on the rides. I think one day I will get them to let me. I have hope.