Erin Brown, the original “Concrete Cowgirl,” is born on April 6 in the West Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. 

Brown is introduced to riding at six years old by her father, a local metal fabricator. He takes her to the Fletcher Street Stables to learn from some of the central figures in the urban riding scene, including Wayne “Pop-Pop” Harris, Albert “Uncle Al” Lynch, and Sharon “Aunt Tweety” Turner. Brown goes on to take formal riding lessons and compete in local, then national, riding shows. 

Despite her busy competition schedule, Brown graduates from W.B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences with a major in Equine Sciences. She studies liberal arts at the Community College of Philadelphia and also mentors young riders at Fletcher Street Stables.