This week’s episode is with Erin Brown, aka, the Concrete Cowgirl. Erin is the Executive Director at the Philadelphia Urban Riding Academy (PURA)—a nonprofit organization created to preserve the life, legacy and culture of Black urban cowboys in the city of Philadelphia. Due to gentrification, many of the stables that once made up the community of Black cowboys in Philadelphia are gone. With the help of Parks and Recreation, PURA has found a new, permanent home that will not only give the Urban Black Cowboy a permanent home but also offer a unique, safe space for children, teens and adults to experience horses up close and personal. Also, in 2020, Erin and PURA teamed up with North Run’s Missy Clark to create Concrete to Show Jumping—an alliance built on the goal of bringing inclusion and diversity to the horse industry.

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