PURA holds several programs that support our mission and provide a safe space for students to learn about horses.

There are many ways to give back to the community and PURA is honored by your giving. Support our programs today.

Check out the many ways PURA gives back to the community of Philadelphia.

Ricky Staub, Dan Walser, Staci Hagenbaugh and Ryan Spak, the filmmakers behind Concrete Cowboy, starring Idris Elba and Caleb McLaughlin on Netflix are raising money to provide a permanent home for PURA through GoFundMe.

The Philadelphia Urban Riding Academy’s Erin Brown is featured on ABC ahead of the  Concrete Cowboy movie premiere.


PURA Launches “Fresh Start for Philly Youth” GoFundMe Ahead of Concrete Cowboy Movie Premiere

Philadelphia, Pa. – March 23, 2021 – The  Philadelphia Urban Riding Academy (PURA) is thrilled to launch the  “Fresh Start for Philly Youth” fundraising campaign through  GoFundMe to help raise money for its new facility in downtown Philadelphia.


To preserve and educate the public on the history and culture of Black urban cowboys in the City of Philadelphia through equine related activities and educational programs. 

A few programs we have in store…

PURA is an organization focused on creating opportunities and fostering positive experiences for all of its students. Check out some of our amazing programs below:


PURA students have to opportunity to learn Western and English riding disciplines from our experiences and qualified training staff.


PURA has collaborated with North Run to develop an incredible training program giving PURA students the opportunity to travel and train with top level trainers.

Junior Concrete cowboys and cowgirls

Valuing the importance of horsemanship and horsecare, PURA teaches students in the Junior program about horses in and out of the saddle.

Horse Clubs

These clubs were formed to address additional interests held by PURA students. Examples are 4-H Club and Cowboys against Crime.


A huge thank you to all of our sponsors for their commitment and support
of PURA’s mission and vision for the future.

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The Latest from PURA

Want to see what we have been up to? Check out the latest below

On Fletcher Street one summer morning in 2019, Ricky Staub was asked to walk the plank. For decades, Fletcher Street — a slice of North Philadelphia’s Strawberry Mansion neighborhood — had been home to urban horse stables, and a hub for Black equestrians, and Staub had […]
Join the Philadelphia Inquirer LIVE with Concrete Cowboy director, Ricky Staub, and Ivannah-Mercedes, actress from the film and former Fletcher Street riders. The new Netflix father-son drama that debuted last weekend is set around Fletcher Street Stables, one of the oldest and last-remaining hardscrabble inner-city stables […]
They could have just walked him in like the Fletcher Street rider who had a horse in his house in real life. But they had a heavier load to bear, so they turned to local developer Ryan Spak to help them shoulder it. To read more […]

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