Rodeo

'Cowgirls of Color' break barriers to compete in typically white, male rodeo

'Cowgirls of Color' break barriers to compete in typically white, male rodeo

Kisha Bowles discovered the rodeo when she was spending most of her day in front of a computer and reeling from the loss of her mother.

Her Sundays suddenly transformed into an all-day outing of donning leather riding boots, climbing on to a powerful bay mare and galloping around a track under the hot sun, alongside other black women like herself.

She had ridden a horse only a few times before and knew nothing about rodeo events, let alone competing in them, but the time she spent in a Calvert County equestrian ring was a spiritual awakening.

“It just changed my view on who I really am,” said Bowles, 40, of Washington. “When I get on the horse, I’m full of...

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