A Family of Cowgirls

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Published on 04/26/2018

Kanesha Jackson is a third generation cowgirl who has been riding since she was 6-years-old. Now, she’s going pro and is working to become the first African American woman to qualify for the National Finals Rodeo (NFR). Lindsay spends time with Kanesha and her family at the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo’s Memphis show, where Kanesha’s 8 year-old daughter is also learning the ropes.

Sources & Further Reading:
National Finals Rodeo http://www.nfrexperience.com/

Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo http://www.billpickettrodeo.com/

The Cowgirls of Color
“The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) hall of famer Fred Whitfield has won multiple world titles and become the first African American all-around champion, amassing millions in prize money, while Bill Pickett’s six-city tour has become a mainstay on the rodeo scene, a feeder for black riders into traditional events where almost all the contestants are still white.”
https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/nov/20/rodeo-black-women-cowgirls-of-color

CREDITS
Producer: Lindsay Perna
Camera: Contessa Gayles
Editor: Tyler Jensen
Supervising Producer: Allison Brown

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