Urban Horsemen: Philadelphia
August 18, 2010 11:17 AM Subscribe
posted by WeekendJen (29 comments total)
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Once as a youngin, I got mad lost trying to drive home in Philadelphia and thought I saw a horse looking at me from a knocked out window of what appeared to be an abandoned warehouse. I wasn't hallucinating.
Long before Smarty Jones
made horses "cool" in the city, urban cowboys in North Philadelphia have been buying horses at auction and keeping them in neighborhood stables, or sometimes backyards (which is legal in Philadelphia).
City government has been trying to reclaim and repurpose parts of the "ghetto" area that most of the stables are in and the SPCA has raided stables in the past.
A non profit, The Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club
uses the urban cowboy pastime to steer young boys away from street violence. They are working with photographer Martha Camarillo,
whose photographs have been featured in a Life Magazine
article about the riders, on a documentary that is scheduled for release this year. (She previously released a book
of Fletcher Street