“Not every kid in this city needs to be a basketball or football player; they don’t all need to dream about being rappers. We’re here to give them more options. They can be a grand prix dressage rider, a barrel racer or just learn to love horses,” explained Erin Brown, executive director of the Philadelphia Urban Riding Academy (PURA) while her parrot, Coltrane, literally parroted police sirens in the background. “Don’t mind him,” she said. “He repeats what he hears daily.”

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