UCF’s new Pegasus once starred in the Lipizzaner touring show.
|Maluso during his performing days with the
World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions
The white horse galloping into Bright House Stadium before the kickoff of UCF football games has more experience performing in front of thousands of spectators than any of the players on the field.
The new Pegasus doesn’t have a set of wings, but as a former star of the World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions touring show he has soared to great heights. Known as Maluso, an Andalusian stallion, the horse performed a solo routine for 12 years in the equine troupe renowned for its graceful dancing and leaping. After retiring from that troupe, Maluso had some time on his hooves, so his owner, Gary Lashinsky, lent him to UCF when the reigning Pegasus died after the last school year.
Lashinsky, a University of Miami alumnus, produces the World Famous Lipizzaner show and owns a stable in Oviedo where he boards and trains 31 Lipizzaners.
Three UCF students, all coeds on the school’s equestrian team, take turns as the Knight riding Pegasus.