– The main thing people think about Compton
is you go into Compton and everybody’s gang-banging at you
and shooting at you but it’s really not like that.
There have been times that people have made rude comments
while we were at a competition.
一位女生说 看 他们来自开普敦
One of the girls had said, “Oh, they’re from Compton,
they probably have bullet holes in their barn or something.”
To ride for Compton, there comes a sense of pride for it.
我叫 Shola Oyefeso 今年17岁
My name is Shola Oyefeso, I’m 17 years old
and I’m a student at The Compton Junior Posse.
– [Instructor] Looks great, bend your knee though.
– A program that keeps kids on horses and off the streets.
– I’ve been riding with The Compton Junior Posse
for about six years now.
I am one of the more experienced riders in the program.
I have learned a lot about myself.
I definitely have more patience after working with horses.
Like, when I first started riding at like 11 years old,
I used to always get in trouble from attitude problems.
You come in with a bad attitude when you’re trying
to ride a horse and it comes out through them, too.
It’s like you’re in sync with your horse,
you’re supposed to be in sync, it’s a partnership.
We do have serious competitors at The Compton Jr. Posse.
We go to a show per month just to show what kind of progress that we’ve been doing
and what kind of work we’re doing with the kids.
We’re coming out there and competing with the upper level people.
I came in fourth for the medal finals at the Interscholastic Equestrian League Competition — that’s a big deal.
It is a stereotype that more people in the horse world are white and rich,
but there are more people from different backgrounds and different demographics
that are competing now; it feels good to break the stereotype.