My name is Cella and I have recently tapped into my passion for horses. I started taking hunt seat lessons in May of 2013 and I absolutely love it. I also dabble in western trail riding as well but really enjoy the English style of riding.
I have become consumed with this hobby to the point that (in my free time of course) if I am not taking lessons, I am volunteering at a horse rescue or reading about the sport or watching videos or viewing events at my local Equestrian Center here in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Save The Horses
I am also the volunteer coordinator and webmaster for a large Horse Rescue in Cumming, GA, called SavetheHorses. They have about 90 rescued horses living on their farm that have been saved from abuse, abandonment and/or neglect. It warms my heart to see them being cared for and away from harm. Here are Kidd and Simba – don’t they look happy and content?
The rescue gets no government funding and relies on grants, donations and a team of dedicated volunteers to keep it going.
If you would like to help with a financial donation or to volunteer, see our website for details. http://www.savethehorses.org. We are a 501(c)(3) charity.
Back in the Day
My great grandfather (Uriah Knight) was a horseman so I guess riding is in my blood.
My love of all things equestrian inspired me to start a riding group on Meetup. Its called Georgia Horseback Riding. It is composed of about 500 horse enthusiasts that enjoy riding and attending horse related events. If you are based in the Atlanta, GA area, please join us on Meetup and or on Facebook.
I created this blog to collect the information that I bump into on the web regarding Black Female Equestrians. The sentiment is that there are none out there but my research is unearthing some great women who are paving the way for women like me. I am also noting Black Male Horsemen as well.
I hope you enjoy this blog and please reach out to me if you would like to add any persons or articles that are relevant to this topic. Thanks.
Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/blackfemaleequestrians/
Visit our sister (or brother) blog:Black Male Equestrians
Fabulous Page,… I glad you started this. I ride as well, Im from Toronto Canada.
Oops forgot to mention, I started doing Western then switched to Dressage. I eventually want to do hunter/jumper but wanted the dressage background.
I went to Spain last August for a 6 day intense Dressage clinic and I loved it! I had planned to come back and switch to dressage – but I love my hunter/jumper trainers. I decided to stay put. But if I ever buy a horse, I will definitely switch to dressage. Yes dressage is a great background for anything you want to do. Glad you are restarting. I also volunteer at a rescue so between my lessons and my work at the rescue, my weekends are all about horses!
That sounds amazing! It’s tricky for me to find somewhere to ride in Miami with a covered arena so I can ride at night after work (or the weekends and not die from the heat exhaustion lol).
I was soooo glad to see you and your program on TV. In our country there is so much positive historical information that is not openly shared about blacks and our equestrian heritage. I have been involved with horses all my life ( and my sister as well ) along with my great grand parents and many relatives. I am so proud of your accomplishments especially with our youth. I have been trying to think of ways of doing something similar in Binghamton, NY It is so important for our youth to know and appreciate their potential , as they are getting to know and understand themselves.
Thank you thank you, and thank you.
Diane Ramnarine-Singh, proud owner( and rider) of an Arabian rescue, Blackwind Rajah
I am so excited to find this page! I own three Tennessee Walking Horses and have found that I am often the only black female at the events, It has been so hard because I have often been taken advantage of or denied certain opportunities due to my own ignorance of the industry. I am so glad that there is a resource that will allow me to better educate myself so that I may better care for my horses.
I hope you come back to this blog, Cella. I almost got a horse onto the 2008 Olympic team (he died just before the final team trials in England), so I’m always looking for fellow “AA” horsemen and women who are sincere and motivated. I wish we had a place to connect.
I`m really glad to have found this blog. I`ve only just started riding these past few years and have only met a total of maybe five POC who are equestrians. I will absolutely be keeping up with your posts!
I came across your blog as I was searching to show my daughter other black female equestrians. She’s still young, 6, but I wanted her to see examples and introduce her to some role models. Thanks for this page. There are great historical facts and other resources that helped me. My little one just had her first dressage show today and she got first place. She loved it. Can’t wait to see what the future holds for her.