O’s Big Adventure/ Little Known Fact: I Used to Barrel Race in Rodeos

Little Known Fact : Barrel Racing

For the first three months of my year long BIG adventure I’ll be in Spain working with horses. I grew up riding horses in a community of black cow folk — cow boys, cow girls, cow people — that lived just outside of Atlanta in College Park, GA. ( Yup the same College Park of T.I. , Ludacris, and Young Joc). I competed — and won! — in junior barrel racing competitions at local and national rodeos. For several summers my mom, two brothers and I followed the Bill Picket Rodeo from city to city in a little red firebird. My mother and I both competed using the same mare, a chestnut colored Arabian thoroughbred named Strawberry who traveled separately from us in a trailer with one of the other horses from the ranch. These trips were some of my first and fondest memories of interstate travel. Those rodeos were one of the most welcoming and supportive black communities that I’ve ever been apart of. I have not had the chance to ride since then. It’s too expensive. This September will be my first time back in the saddles in about 15 years.

I’ve saved 2/3 the cost of my trip and need your help to raise the final third! Your contributions will help cover the $1000 cost of international travelers’ insurance that includes horseback riding + related injuries + any other medical emergencies that pop up for the whole 12 months of my round the world trip.

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Footnotes

Barrel Racing

Barrel racing is a rodeo event in which a horse and rider attempt to complete a cloverleaf pattern around preset barrels in the fastest time. Though both boys and girls compete at the youth level and men compete in some amateur venues and jackpots, in collegiate and professional ranks, it is primarily a rodeo event for women. It combines the horse’s athletic ability and the horsemanship skills of a rider in order to safely and successfully maneuver a horse in a pattern around three barrels (typically three fifty-five gallon metal or plastic drums) placed in a triangle in the center of an arena without touching or knocking down the barrels. (wikipedia)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNrB00F51qg

Black Cowboys

Bill Picket

Bill Picket is a legendary black cowboy known for his skill in steer wrestling. Learn more about Bill Pickett here: https://www.blackcowboys.com/billpickett.htm

Bill Picket Rodeo

The Bill Pickett is the only touring black rodeo competition. The Bill Pickett tours the country bringing some of the best black cowboys, cowgirls and cow folk to areas spanning from the DMV area down to Atlanta all the way over to LA, Oakland and many points in between. Folks can sign up to compete in events including: steer roping, barrel racing, pole bending, bareback riding, bull riding and more!

College Park, GA, look it up