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Increasing Inclusion

Why some equine sports lack inclusion by economic, gender or cultural diversity.

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During the last century, Pat Kelly’s father was a jockey of some renown.riding for mostly white horse owners, he grew a reputation for his ability to connect with horses and developed his skills as an equestrian.since then, high-profile african american jockeys have become scarce compared to their hispanic and white counterparts, and all equestrian sports are being challenged to become more inclusive.but the process is complex and connected to economics and gender, as well as to race.

“I’ve been riding since I was a little girl, and then and now, black and brown people have always been the ones to have the most intimate relationships with the horses— grooms and handlers and sometimes trainers,” says Kelly, a Cowgirl Hall of Famer and the founder of Ebony Horsewomen, Inc., a Hartford, Connecticut-based non-profit that encourages young African-Americans to participate in the equine industry. “But the number of people of color and women competing in upper-level equestrian sports or working as trainers has traditionally been something else,” she adds.

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