The Denver Broncos have “Thunder,” the Arabian horse mascot. And the Kansas City Chiefs used to have “Warpaint,” a pinto that galloped around Arrowhead Stadium after every score.

Even though it may have been a one-night-only appearance, the Astoria Fishermen were the latest football team to have a horse trotting around the field.

Alivia Rickenbach, Simba, CMH Field

Alivia Rickenbach rides ‘Simba’ in front of the crowd at CMH Field.

Alivia Rickenbach, Simba

Astoria senior Alivia Rickenbach atop her formerly wild mustang, ‘Simba.’

Gary Henley is a sports reporter for The Astorian. Contact him at 503-861-8493 or