We appreciate riders who are as dedicated to positive change in in the world as they are committed to getting to the other side of a fence. Five-star eventer Katherine Coleman saw Nation Media’s first annual Diversity Scholarship, which began at $1,000 and was doubled yesterday by Stable View to $2,000, and offered to match it, bringing the total fund to $4,000.
Katherine Coleman on Monte Classico. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.
“I just feel like there’s a lot of talk and a lot of momentum, and it’s time for everyone to back that up with action,” Katherine says. “And if everyone does a little bit, a little bit goes a long way.”
The Scholarship calls for contributions to the discussion about diversity and inclusion in equestrian sport from minority equestrians — you can view full details here. Financial support is one small step toward dismantling the systemic disadvantages of being non-white, particularly in a sport as expensive as equestrian.
“With everything happening, the awareness is there,” Katherine says. “It’s real, it’s something that is happening and needs to be addressed. We’re so blessed and so fortunate in this industry with what we do and what the horses provide that to make it available to more people is a wonderful thing.”
It is our sincere hope that this Scholarship gives some deserving equestrians a leg up while encouraging, elevating and giving a platform to minority voices. We thank Katherine for her support!