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

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I came across the Facebook Page on The Philadelphia Urban Riding Academy located in the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood of North Philly. It is steeped in history of the urban black cowboys living in the neighborhoods of the City of Philadelphia for more then a century. The movie […]
Hear from Erin Brown, the Executive Director at the Philadelphia Urban Riding Academy (PURA)—a nonprofit organization created to preserve the life, legacy and culture of Black urban cowboys in the city of Philadelphia. Click here to listen to the full podcast.
Black urban cowboys have been a part of the Philadelphia landscape for more than a hundred years, with stables tucked into mostly hidden corners of the city and a community that has used horses as both teaching tools and a balm against the stresses of life […]

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