In 1992 the Black Heritage Riders (BHR) organized in New Jersey and within a few years became New Jersey's premier African American horse riding organization. The BHR riders along with their color guard and horse drawn wagons marched in parades, performed at festivals, and participated in rodeos. The BHR prepared workshops which showcased individual member riding skills and, along with audio/visual aids, presentations were given on the historical roles African American cowboys and cowgirls played in the western frontier.
The BHR members, uniformed and organized as a marching unit, performed in events throughout New Jersey, Connecticut, and New York winning awards and trophies for "Best Marching Unit". The BHR recently reorganized to become a 501(c) 3 private foundation. Our mission focus on promoting initiatives that offers cultural and educational enrichment opportunities.
The Black Heritage Riders Inc. is the lead equestrian organization promoting the celebration of The National Day of the Black Jockey scheduled in May 2009. Our current initiative highlights the achievements of African Americans in the sport of horse racing. Many people are unaware of this accomplishment in US History. African American jockeys were the first to ride in the Kentucky Derby, the most prestigious sport in the United States horse racing industry and won 15 of the first 28 Derby races which began in 1875.