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Inner city equestrian team breaks barriers

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 01:31

May 31 - An equestrian team for Washington's D.C.'s inner city youth breaks barriers and stereotypes. Mana Rabiee reports.

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These stables are a world away from the inner city neighborhoods of Washington D.C. But that's the world these young equestrians come from. SOUNDBITE: RIDER JAVONE LOVE SAYING: "It's like a time for me to be me. And just be free. Stress of school, friends, family and just worry about me and the horse." Against the odds, they're breaking down the stereotype that says riding is for a privileged few. SOUNDBITE: TERRY DANIELS, TEAM CAPTAIN, SAYING: "The reality of it… they already have stereotypes about me-that, oh I'm black, I'm ignorant, I'm not well educated. And I'm proving them wrong every day." They're here because of Lelac Almagor. Seven years ago, the young English teacher launched this inner city riding team. SOUNDBITE: LELAC ALMAGOR, RIDING TEAM COACH, SAYING" "We don't have access to horses. We don't have transportation. We don't have tons of money. And also, I think this isn't one of the sports people think of our kids doing." The students come mainly from D.C.'s crime-ridden Southeast. Ninety percent of the families at their school live in poverty. SOUNDBITE: RIDER JAVONE LOVE SAYING: "When I come here, I feel like there's no violence. I don't have to worry about nothing going wrong." The riding gear may be donated but it's the pride that gets instilled in these young hearts, that can't be bought. SOUNDBITE: TERRY DANIELS, TEAM CAPTAIN, SAYING: "Just because they have money, that doesn't mean they're better than me. Just means they can buy more expensive things." The riders focus on two things: You always help each other out. And when you fall, you dust yourself off, and get right back on.

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Inner city equestrian team breaks barriers

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 01:31