This is a website set up with the goal of inspiring Black folks to see possibilities for them in the equine world.
I have been horse crazy since I can remember. Lucky for me my parents had the means to afford riding lessons. Going to horse shows in the mid to late sixties I was often the only mixed race person. Of course there were other Black people riding back then but it seemed we were few and far between.
Two of the women who inspired me back in the day are women of color.
My friend Roberta and I met at a month long sleep-away summer camp. She was a little older and I thought she was the cats meow. If I remember correctly she and I snuck to the barn the night our favorite horse gave birth. I ran into her many years later and she had gone to the UK to further her horsemanship studies. I became an assistant riding instructor but not at quite as prestigious a venue. We reunited by accident working at the same riding academy in Massachusetts.
My friend India showed me the beauty of Therapeutic Riding and how horses can heal the body and soul. I went from being a volunteer in Taos Therapeutic Riding Program to the head instructor for 2 years. India was a certified NARAH instructor and the founder and director of TTRP. After being away from horses for almost two decades I was happy to volunteer and ecstatic when India saw my love and dedication and entrusted me to resume instructing.
So now it’s time for me to give something back. After much consideration, up and down and inside and out I have decided to combine some of my passions and bring awareness of Blacks in the horse world and possibly inspire the next generation to see there’s room for them too.