The Equestrians of Color Project has recently celebrated its 1-year anniversary. Read on to learn more about the Equestrians of Color Project and how you can participate.



What is the Equestrians of Color Project?


The Equestrians of Color Project (EOCP) is a collection of stories from equestrians of color as told through the lenses of a variety of equine photographers.

The end goal of the project is to increase racial diversity awareness in the equestrian community by shedding light on those challenging, uplifting, and inspirational stories. Read the EOCP blog here.

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How old do I have to be to participate in the Equestrians of Color Project?


Participants are required to be a minimum of 16 years old to participate.



What is the Cost to be involved in the EOCP?


There is no cost involved. You will receive images from your session as a thank you for your participation in this project.



What is the process involved in the Equestrians of Color Project?


The process is simple. It involves an interview and a photo shoot.

The interview involves heartfelt interview questions about your experiences as an equestrian of color that will help the photographer bring your story to light. Your responses will be used to write the blog post which is posted on the photography project’s website.

The second part is a photoshoot of you and your horse designed to capture you as an equestrian. Details on the shoot will be discussed prior to your shoot date. As each photography session is designed to reflect you as an equestrian, each shoot is customized to the participant.



Are you an East Tennessee/North Georgia area Equestrian of Color with a story to share?


The EOCP was created to amplify the voices of equestrians of color who have stories they want to share with the equestrian community. By raising awareness and supporting an inclusive and diverse equestrian community, together we will bring positive and developmental change to our industry on a global scale.

If this sounds like a project you’d be interested in, click here and complete the form for more information.



What if I am outside of the Chattanooga area but would like to participate?


If you are outside the East Tennessee/North Georgia area but would like more information on how you can participate, please click here to visit the page to request a photographer in your area to contact you.

Betsy Bird of Ride the Sky Equine Photography is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) with the organization Professional Photographers of America (PPA). The CPP designation is held by fewer than 2,000 photographers nationwide. It is a hallmark of consistency, technical skill, artistry, and professionalism.

Ride the Sky specializes in on-location photography for equines and the equestrians that love them.  Ride the Sky also has the option of bringing the studio to the stable for studio photography.  Ride the Sky also provides pet portraiture for pets and their families.

Additionally, Ride the Sky provides works with equine and pet brands and businesses to provide commercial photography for their advertising and marketing needs in both the digital and print spaces. Based in Chattanooga, TN, Ride the Sky Equine Photography works in Tennessee, Georgia, and beyond.

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