I am honored to be trusted to provide a platform for the unique stories of equestrian minorities in west Texas and southeastern New Mexico as part of the Equestrians of Color Photography Project.
If you are an equestrian of color and would like to collaborate with me to share your story, please fill out my application here. My session fee is waived for applicants and 10 high-resolution images are provided for your time and story.
I am so glad that this project was created because it is my hope that young kids (and future equestrians) can be inspired by these stories and photographs of equestrians that look just like them in the equine community. I want to instill that hope and confidence that they too can join this amazing sport.
From the EOCP website:
The Equestrians of Color Photography Project (EOCP) was created to amplify the voices of equestrians of color who have stories they want to share with our community. First and foremost, each of us is an ally before a photographer and is here to listen, learn, and evolve from the stories that are shared with us.
We aim to provide a safe space for equestrians of color to feel welcomed and comfortable in front of our camera. Through a group blog, we will strive to shed light on challenging, uplifting, and inspirational stories of Equestrians of Color.
By raising awareness and supporting an inclusive and diverse equestrian community, together we will bring positive and developmental change to our industry on a global scale.
Back when I lived in Maryland, I was able to photograph for the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo (BPIR). It was an eye-opening experience. For those that don’t know, BPIR is the only all-black traveling rodeo. They host their championship in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
I met many amazing cowboys and cowgirls and got to learn of their stories. There were fun rivalries and close friends. I met Vietnam Veterans that paved the hard path for today’s military.
I learned that Harold Miller’s blind mother would attend the rodeos, so the announcer would describe how his ride went just for her.
There were equestrians that were also nurses, electricians, teachers, football players, and so much more on top of being a cowboy or a cowgirl.
I want to meet more equestrians and share their stories.