Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club
Fletcher Street's riding community has been a part of the Philadelphia community for over 100 years. For many of those years, Fletcher Street was part of a larger urban horse community that numbered in over 50 stables throughout Philadelphia. Today, it is well known that the area surrounding Fletcher Street has increasingly struggled with unemployment and drugs overtaking the community; the men and boys of Fletcher Street have in turn struggled to maintain their horses, stables and way of life as conditions have become increasingly difficult.
The mission of The Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club is to save and restore this historical, important facet of Philadelphia's community, and most importantly, its children. Fletcher Street's horse community is, for many children, the only safe place to be mentored, to feel good about themselves, to learn important lessons in responsibility, discipline and reward. Many of the boys that frequent Fletcher Street have little to no support in life and the men on Fletcher Street have consistently taken it upon themselves to provide a positive environment and some facet of stability for those kids that have none. Fletcher Street is determined to preserve its legacy, children and horses.
Note: The above descriptive information came from the organization's home page.
In The News
- The Godfather of Philadelphia Urban Cowboy Culture: Ellis Ferrell and his Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club, Philadelphia Sunday Sun, April 22, 2021.
- Idris Elba spotted training for new movie, 'Concrete Cowboys,' in Strawberry Mansion, Philadelphia Inquirer, August 9, 2019.