New York City’s Black Cowboy Group in Danger of Losing Stables


Members of the Federation of Black Cowboys have galloped through New York’s urban horse country for decades.

Now, they’re fighting to survive — 18 horse buffs who once numbered about 60.

From their Cedar Lane Stables in Queens, they see themselves as carrying on the legacy of thousands of black cowboys who once rode through the Wild West. They’ve also been mentoring inner-city kids, both athletically and morally.

But in July, their license to run the city-owned property expires and a new nonprofit will take over. The Black Cowboys will be allowed to stay and coach kids, paying a modest fee for their horses’ accommodations.

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