Streets Raised Us.
Horses Saved Us.
We are so proud to work with a group of individuals that appreciate the value of the community that they grew up in. This collaboration was more than just a reason to make a tee. For us, it was an opportunity to begin a bigger relationship with the new community we are in. We recently moved our brand offices down to Carson, California. With this new move, we wanted to tap into our new community and get a collaboration going with our new neighbors. Sure enough, back in January, The Compton Cowboys reached out to us to get a conversion started for a possible collaboration, it was like they read our minds!
Straight Outta Richland Farms! Compton Cowboys have firmly established themselves as one of the most dynamic groups in today's generation. They are a collective of lifelong friends on a mission to uplift their community through horseback and farming lifestyle, all the while highlighting the rich legacy of African-Americans in equine and western heritage.
Growing up in Virginia, a lot of us were exposed to farm life at an early age and horses were seen on a regular basis. Whether you're driving down a country road or stepping into a local store chances were that you’d see something equestrian related. Even though we would see them on a regular basis, the horses, for most people, were mostly unattainable. To have a horse in most places you need to have a lot of land or be very well off to afford riding lessons. The opposite can be said for Compton Cowboys, they are making all this accessible to their Southern California community with The Compton Jr. Equestrians.
The Compton Jr. Equestrians was formed in response to the lack of programs available to youth in the community who are at risk for dropping out of school, incarceration and poverty. Compton Cowboys are a huge part of the mentorship program as alumni of Compton Jr. Posse (the predecessor to Compton Jr. Equestrians). They serve as riding coaches, stable managers, enrichment instructors and more. The students always look forward to a lesson from one of them, fulfilling the Cowboy’s primary mission of giving back to the community that raised them.