BIG HORSE, BIG HEART, LITTLE MAN
Middle Tennessee Lady Raider head women's basketball coach Rick Insell is an avid follower of both the Tennessee Walking Horse industry and Blue Raider athletics.
The horse enthusiast Insell (a highly successful former Shelbyville Central High coach and National High School Hall of Famer) will bring 2 of his passions together prior to the MTSU vs. Arkansas State football contest.
He will be riding a Tennessee Walker onto Horace Jones Field prior to kickoff. Rumor has it that he will be decked out totally in Royal Blue.
Insell's former hometown of Shelbyville, TN, promotes itself as the "Walking Horse Capital of the World." Shelbyville hosts the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, an 11-day event which ends on the Saturday before Labor Day .
Middle Tennessee's mascot Lightning symbolizes the university's aerospace program and the region's heritage in the walking horse industry.
Coach Insell will ride Ironwork's Tin Man from Chad Way Stables in Shelbyville. Ironworks Tin Man is a two-time World Grand Champion.
Fans had better get into Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium early in order to see Insell & Ironwork's Tin Man strut around the stadium (before Dwight Dasher does some strutting of his own).
Kickoff for the Blue Raiders vs. the ASU Indians is slated for 2:30 PM on Saturday, October 20th.
Click "play" in the video below to see Coach Rick Insell practicing his riding technique.
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