The brand new Netflix film “Concrete Cowboy,” starring Idris Elba, tells the much-neglected story of Philadelphia’s city cowboys, whose stables are threatened by gentrification.
For horse coach Erin Brown (a.ok.a. “The Concrete Cowgirl”), who’s showing within the Pink Wing Heritage spring ’21 “Out of Trend” advert marketing campaign, Philly’s Fletcher Road Driving Membership was the birthplace of her profitable profession. And it has grow to be the launchpad for her bigger mission: to protect the legacy of the Black cowboy and create a hub for the neighborhood.
Brown serves as govt director of the Philadelphia City Driving Academy (PURA), based in 2019 by her late pal Eric Miller and the workforce behind the Netflix movie. Collectively, they goal to boost $2 million to construct a brand new facility in downtown Philadelphia.
“We’ve been working with the town and the parks-and-rec division and have a website picked out. It’s completely superb — on one aspect is a residential neighborhood and the opposite is a park with nature trails,” mentioned Brown.
She famous that not solely would the power embody stables and supply driving classes; it additionally would provide after-school tutoring and programming for veterans, in addition to pet remedy. “We’ve been taking considered one of our miniature horses over to the hospital to be with most cancers sufferers and terminally unwell sufferers,” mentioned Brown. “We take pleasure in making different individuals pleased.”
Why it’s very important to protect the legacy of city cowboys:
“There was once about 30 what we name ‘yard stables’ and a most are gone now due to gentrification. You used to see horsemen giving children rides on the road or within the park. We established PURA to construct one thing that may’t be taken away by redevelopment.”
The influence of the Netflix movie:
“It’s helped carry us some consideration. However I’m hoping the world continues to see what the precise mission is, to protect this tradition.”
On partnering with Pink Wing:
“They reached out to me by means of Instagram and I assumed it was a tremendous alternative. I didn’t know the model at first, however I just like the boots. They’re so versatile.”
Life within the highlight:
“I’m very low-key and laid-back and personal. So the entire media stuff, it’s so overwhelming that I not often get to take pleasure in it.”
Current driving accomplishments:
“We now have a youthful horse who’s a Prime 10 World Champion. It was one thing I’ve dreamt of doing, competing in [the World Show], and it lastly occurred [last year]. His identify is Commander of a Dream.”