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The Federation of Black Cowboys

- Peter - Friday, July 22nd, 2005 : goo

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Some of The Federation of Black Cowboys ride in .

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GGP: 22nd Jul 2005 - 17:31 GMT

I love these guys. Seen them around over the years. Nice to have them here.

deliccate: 3rd Aug 2005 - 18:19 GMT

saw these guys on TV, Comedy Central: Dave Attell's Insomniac. Now I want to go horse back riding!

Lady Chevalier, RaNae: 5th Aug 2005 - 21:16 GMT

Inspiring, Impressive, and Wonderful. What a great organization. Keep up the work with the youth and helping others to realize the tremendous heritage of your fore fathers. Animals have always taught us, blessed our lives and gives us a chance to learn compassion, empathy, service and love.

Lumi: 5th Dec 2005 - 17:06 GMT

Enough about these guys. It's their horses, Little Jack and Willow, who are the real heros. Jack and Willow not only deal with these two jamokes, but also bravely put up with traffic, dogs running off leash, picnic'ers on the bridle path, flying trash, to name a few things.

The Black Cowboy Federation would be nowhere without their equine partners. Their noble mission reminds us that horses make us better humans.

Peter: 5th Dec 2005 - 17:46 GMT

people picnic on the bridle path? it would be a terrible place for a picnic, what with the curvy cinder path strewn with giant piles of horse poop and hoof divots, and its a super-active horseback riding area. thats funny.

Vanessa and Whitney: 2nd Mar 2006 - 18:46 GMT

I hope to see these guys roaming up in Canada. That would be nice.
We don't get to see any black cowboys. In fact, we don't see any cowboys...

GGP: 2nd Mar 2006 - 20:57 GMT

I saw a black cowboy on the subway the other day--all duded out with hat, belt, chaps, and a cool Black Cowboys Federation vest (with fringe, no less!). He was an older fellow and was looking through a huge pile of old snapshots, smiling.

woodrow wilson/oh goody big woody: 5th Mar 2006 - 18:17 GMT

in todays society,cowboys in nyc is a dieing breed. It seems our youth favors sex - technology - fast easy money - and drugs. yet children as well as adults all humble with enthusiasm and respect, when groups like the black cowboys or myself bring from our past. A majestic culture and animal for most to expierence and never forget.As long as im alive i will continue to promote the urban cowboy.

Maureen Blair: 15th Apr 2006 - 00:53 GMT

I read cowboy magazines and books when I was a little girl in Jamaica. I have always known about black cowboys and their contribution to the West. I am a cowgirl at heart (to the amazement of many). I go to the Bill Pickett tour when I can. It is a day of food, fun, and watching even 8 year old girls bulldogging. I'm glad to see the tradition being maintained, in Brooklyn no less, where I grew up.
--From Maureen in Southern California (wide open desert country--Beaumont). Ride On!

Stefan: 23rd May 2006 - 22:08 GMT

anybody know how I can get in touch with these guys? It seems their website is down, and I'd love to chat with them or see them in their full regalia. thanks.

Marilyn a twin: 20th Jun 2006 - 22:04 GMT

Before there was the Federation - there was just us guys riding the Blvd-riding up to the take out window of Burger King - riding the beach area and the streets of Brooklyn and Queens - I sure miss those days - Black and White riders from Linden Blvd - the Hole - as we called it - where are you guys - Big Ray, Butch, Dominic, Laurie, sure had wonderful fun - I left in 1985 for I'm in Kershaw SC - If you are out there guys drop an email

Doc Rich: 23rd Aug 2006 - 03:11 GMT

Keep up the Good work. From one black cowboy to another!!!!!

Peace and BLESSING!!!!!!

Carolyn~Gone from NYC, but still rember Clove Lake Stables!: 24th Aug 2006 - 18:18 GMT

Wish there was more of you and similiar organizations around!!

Does anyone remember the black cowboys from Newark?: 13th Sep 2006 - 01:46 GMT

Looking for their old stable

dea: 21st Sep 2006 - 23:57 GMT

i watched this movie today at the global peace festival in orlando florida.
it was is amazing how they can keep culture and tradition alive.

Sonny Garguilo Natural Horseman: 29th Sep 2006 - 04:42 GMT

Cowboy Up! These boys ride!From the oldest to the youngest.

Bonnie : 9th Oct 2006 - 22:05 GMT

I saw the article in today's NYPOST about the death of Romeo and the injuries to the rider. I live in Manhattan and ride horses in Central
Park -- I've met some of the riders and they are amazing kids. Is there anywhere we can make donations to the program?

MBP: 10th Oct 2006 - 18:38 GMT

Also saw the article - condolences to Romeo's owner and everyone at the stable. I am so sorry for all of you - what a horror. Prayers for the little boy and for everyone involved.

Linda: 10th Oct 2006 - 22:24 GMT

Impressed with your Federation.......and work with the beautiful horses and children..
Am so sorry to hear about Romeo. Hope your website will be back soon.
Thank you!

Sonny Garguilo Natural Horseman: 11th Oct 2006 - 00:02 GMT

I can not believe what happened to Javed. I think about it so much. It is a terrible accident. I know that little cowboy is a real good rider. This could happen to anyone. I send my prayer's and wishes of speedy recovery. I would love to bring my horse SIS and do a demo to raise some money to get another horse for the little cowboy. Please if anyone could contact me I will arrange to be there.
Ride Safe,
Sonny Garguilo
Natural Horseman

David-Jamal Adkins: 15th Oct 2006 - 19:34 GMT

I, too, read about the terrible accident, and my heart goes out to the boys, the men, and their horses.

HOWEVER, It was also brought to my attention that the child was riding without a helmet. I don't care how long a child has been riding, or how good a "little cowboy" he may be. Riding is an inherently dangerous sport and it is our responsibility as adults to make sure that we make it as safe as possible for our youth, and that means wearing a HELMET!

Maybe it's uncool to be a cowboy in a helmet, but if you are under the age of 18, looking "cool" should take a back seat to being safe and being smart.

God bless,
David-Jamal Adkins, Bed-Stuy

Sonny Garguilo Natural Horseman: 16th Oct 2006 - 02:02 GMT

Hey David I culdnt agree more if that is the case. I dont know if he was wearin a helmet, so I dont want to go there. I just want to help in some way. I know a few of these guys( all these cats are cool and can ride) and I love to see a kid that can mount and ride his ass off!
Sonny Garguilo
Natural Horseman

Carolann Johnson: 23rd Oct 2006 - 16:25 GMT

To the "coolest" cowboy in the world! (Per my granddaughter, Dayjah):

Stencil Stokes... You made our day!(Oct. 22,2006)

Everyone that you introduced us to was pleasant... but you're the "TOP"
You showed us around the stables, introduced us to the horses and ponies, educated us about the different horses ...and... you let the guys and my granddaughter ride! Thanks, so much! Carol, Dana, Dayjah, and my "special" guys ... Oral,Tim, and Ramon(ray-ray).

anon ( 28th Oct 2006 - 21:30 GMT

I was just wondering if the little boy was doing any better now? 21st Dec 2006 - 15:30 GMT

I am a fan of the Federation and interested in pre-Federation Black Cowboys; that is, how the Federation came to formalize. Also very interested in "The Hole," as I grew up on Dumont Avenue and Miller Avenue, and the part of Dumont that was unpaved (we called it 'The Dip') struck me as a bucolic oasis. I am a novelist, and have set a scene in "The Hole."
any info would be appreciated.
thanks, xspecs

Cowgirl Cyn: 12th May 2007 - 22:34 GMT

In the late '90s I so enjoyed visiting Cedar Lane Stables, bringing youngsters who cleaned up after and washed the beautiful horses, sometimes being encouraged to ride by the Cowboys. What a special place in NYC! And let's not forget the magnficent geese who also lived there by the stream. I'm interested in sharing this oasis with others ... please let me know more about the August rodeo, and how groups can visit, to

chin316: 29th Jun 2007 - 23:23 GMT

Love the federation why dont you hook up wtih the Black Indians and
do a tour together? that would really be something
Peace and Love
Cowboy Up

Seawright: 15th Sep 2007 - 22:57 GMT

Seen ya at the 4th of July Parade in Plfd., NJ
WOW! Healthy Cowboys and horses..........
My goal is to lose some weight, just to ride a beautiful horse
like yours............luv ya!!!!
Gettem Cowboy!!!!!

tania : 30th Oct 2007 - 19:35 GMT

hi all the way from new zealand i saw the documentry on the sky channel i hope you guyz are still riding the horses as one day i do hope to come over and ride in new york with you we will even pay you to take us that would help feed the horses it must be great to ride a horses in new york keep it up guyz your doing great work and more people hopefully will get behind you

zetara hill, tea,little bit: 28th Nov 2007 - 15:42 GMT

hey guys hi how u doing i miss u guys sorry i haven't been around lately i've been busy with college but i didn't forget u guys i still love all the horses maybe u will see me soon tell everyone i said hi

Cowboy Vern: 6th Dec 2007 - 01:46 GMT

Thank all of you for your encouragement. To Tania, we would love to see you when you are in town. To Seawright we are here whenever you want to come by. To Cowgirl Cyn, not sure if you missed the rodeo but Wendy tells me she is trying to reach out to you. Little Bit, you are welcome back whenever you have the time. Just so you know, we have just found out about this blog and will touch base as often as possible.

Wendy: 6th Dec 2007 - 01:53 GMT

I clicked on the site listed at the top of this page and it is not the correct web site. the address is just in case you guys are looking for them

2trusting: 9th Dec 2007 - 02:37 GMT

love that pic!! Always wanted to ride. Where do i go to do it?

cowboy: 26th Jul 2008 - 03:39 GMT

please let me know when the next kids event or rodeo or event.thanks

indian-afro-german-polish-female: 23rd Sep 2008 - 17:18 GMT

just got finished looking at that documentation about you, guys, out there in that "city-jungle" new york, rather showed me, afro-german, that there are more to it then thugs and little criminals amongst black american men, to look was shown on a german channel, made me sit there in amazemant and gratitude, to see you fellas ride of into the sunset, on your horses, with pride and joy and ..acceptance!

germanlady: 30th Sep 2008 - 16:15 GMT


I am from germany and I saw the guys on TV today!!! And I was so fascinated how they ride along the streets and everybody who saw the black cowboys was so proud to know them.
The engagement is very cool!! Keep it up!!!!!!!!!
Was realy touched!!!
(Hope youŽll understand what i want to say, my english is very bad :) )

aloysius ferguson: 10th Aug 2009 - 03:47 GMT


i was delighted to know there are black cowboys in the new york area!
i'm from the south, so i've always known they were still with us, but never expected that i would be as fortunate as to discover a place i could go and learn the history etc. right here in new york!
i cant help but to think of the legend of the buffalo soldiers.
it's great to see these guys still holding it down and the children can discover yet another demension of the heritage.
im so happy i saw this article.
eventhough im from the south, i've never been on a ranch or even saw a black cowboy except for one.
And he was riding the most beautiful horse i had ever seen in my entire life!
this is absolutely wonderful!!!

Franny Wentzel: 10th Aug 2009 - 04:04 GMT

If you know your history
Then you would know where you coming from
Then you wouldn't have to ask me
"Who the heck do I think I am?"

I'm just a Buffalo Soldier
In the heart of America
Stolen from Africa, brought to America
Said he was fighting on arrival
Fighting for survival
Said he was a Buffalo Soldier
Win the war for America

Lady Blues Jackie Amos: 4th Jan 2010 - 19:54 GMT

My name is Lady Blues Jackie Amos I had the pleasure to be in the company of the Black Cow Boys of Brooklyn, I took this time to archive this event, which those who came before them lives within these black men , through this historic archives of the Black Cow Boys, it is not the attire that represents who and what the Black Cow boys represent, it is the history of who they are, in my observation of the Black Cow boys, I saw pride, leadership, dignity, structure, and strength, in my synopsis of Soldier concluded my observation, keeping history alive is the main objective of these strong black men.

D. Cooper: 8th Jul 2010 - 14:53 GMT

I saw the Black Cowboys in Brooklyn at the gGrand Army Plaza day. I rode a horse they brought. It was great. I would like to know where I can send donations (equipment/saddles...). I know some one who has riding stuff they don't need any more and don't want to throw them out when I know your organization can us them. Please post contact number or email address. I will check this site again. Thanks.

D. Cooper: 8th Jul 2010 - 14:57 GMT

Re: where to send donations or make arrangments for pick up.

Leah: 21st Jan 2011 - 20:21 GMT

Hey ! Im a Memeber of the Federation of Black cowboys. If you would like to get in contact with us you can email us @ We look forward to your emails. Happy New years 8-)

nat007: 26th Jan 2012 - 18:11 GMT

do u guys come out to schools in teach horse back riding or provide horse back riding?

nat007: 26th Jan 2012 - 18:12 GMT

do u guys come out to schools in teach horse back riding or provide horse back riding? 23rd Apr 2012 - 19:47 GMT

If you attended the biggest black cowboy/cowgirl wedding held at the Federation of Black Cowboys on May 8, 2004 and have pictures or video please post them. Charyn and Neal Cleary's western wedding. A day to remember.

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