At White Oak Stables we strive to have a fun, relaxed, inclusive and diverse environment. We want to open up horseback riding to people from all walks of life. Here we hope to change that by making the sport more accessible for people from all different communities, ethnicities and backgrounds.
About Our Diversity Program
Starting in 2020, we are committed to raising awareness and helping provide access to horseback riding for African Americans, Native Americans, Asians, Pacific Islanders, and Hispanics.
It’s important for people in minority communities to know that horseback riding is an option for them. Raising awareness of the sport, making it more affordable and providing inclusive opportunities are pivotal to increasing diversity in the equestrian community.
While minority communities need to be aware of horseback riding as an option, existing farms and clubs and programs in the equestrian community also need to understand how and why minorities are often excluded from the sport. We strive to promote diversity awareness in predominantly non-diverse farms, clubs, clinics and events as well as encouraging them to create their own diversity programs.
We strive to provide a wealth of free horse-related educational resources for minorities who are interested in horses. These resources are available for schools, riding clubs, libraries, and anyone else who would like them.
Greta Krafsig, owner of White Oak Stables, is available for speaking engagements to talk about what it’s like to be black in the horseback riding community and give insights on how to face issues of racism and exclusion head on. She can share a wealth of knowledge to farm owners and riding students and riding clubs of all ethnic backgrounds on how the industry can do better to support minorities.
White Oak Stables is committed to providing affordable riding lessons and access to shows, clinics and events in a safe, diverse and inclusive environment.
Minority Horseback Riding Diversity Funding
Access to horses is important and socio-economic differences in minority communities often makes the sport inaccessible to minorities. To help combat this problem in 2020 we started a funding program for minority riders to help them with riding lessons and show fees. You must be a US citizen to apply. If you are interested in contributing to any of these funds please contact us.
Show Division Sponsorship Fund
Minority riders ages 4+ can apply for White Oak Stables to sponsor them in show division of an A circuit or higher horse show anywhere in the United States. This sponsorship will cover their division fees and horse entry fees. Sponsored riders will receive an embroidered saddle pad they must use while riding in their sponsored division. Interested? Apply today!
Horseback Riding Scholarship Fund
Minority riders ages 8+ can apply every year in April for a horseback riding lesson scholarship. This will include a free weekly lesson (weather permitting) at White Oak Stables from May – September free of charge. Interested? Apply today!
Working Student Fund
Minority riders 16+ can apply to be a working student at White Oak Stables. For every three days they do barn related chores at White Oak Stables (mucking, grooming, feeding, blanketing, turn in/out) they will receive a free private lesson. Interested? Apply Today!