Monthly Archives: February 2015

Patricia Kelly: Ebony Horsewomen

Patricia Kelly is a pioneering horsewoman and a pillar in the Connecticut horse community. Patricia has been a staunch supporter of Cowboys of Color and has constantly fought to preserve the rich history of the stellar organization. Growing up in … Continue reading

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Patricia Kelly: Cowgirl uses horses to motivate at-risk kids

Ebony Horsewomen For the last 30 years, Kelly has helped children in Hartford stay on the right track through her nonprofit, Ebony Horsewomen. The program offers horseback riding lessons and teaches animal science to more than 300 young people a … Continue reading

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The First Black Female Jockey – Cheryl White

On June 15, 1971, Cheryl White became the first black female jockey. She was also the first woman at a major track to win five throroughbred races. In 1991, after passing the California Horse Racing Board’s Steward examination, she began … Continue reading

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Uneku Atawodi: 1st and Only Black Female Professional Polo Player

Uneku Saliu-Atawodi wears her crown well. The first female black professional polo player on the international stage represents her native Abujua, Nigeria by giving back through her charity, Ride to Shine. She regularly spends time with orphans, teaching them riding techniques, … Continue reading

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Roberta Wilmore: Trailbrazer

By focusing on teaching underserved kids to ride, Roberta Wilmore is introducing more color into Boston equestrian circles. At an auction at the Washington International Horse Show in 2004, Roberta Wilmore won a coveted chance to breed a mare to … Continue reading

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Paige Johnson: Salamander Farm’s Champion

Many people outside the equestrian world know Paige Johnson as the daughter of Black Entertainment Television (BET) founders Bob and Sheila Johnson, but inside the sport she’s Paige Johnson, champion jumper. Johnson is an avid equestrian, having fallen in love … Continue reading

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Vid: Uneku Atawodi: Nigeria’s polo queen on race and Ebola

Polo player Uneku Atawodi talks about the sport and her unique position as the world’s ‘first black female’ involved in that field. Atawodi is using her power as a public figure to bring attention to some of the issues in … Continue reading

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