New York City Federation of Black Cowboys

The New York City Federation of Black Cowboys (FBC) is an organization dedicated to keeping alive the memory and tradition of African-American cowboys from the Old West.[1][2][3] It is located in The Hole, a low-lying neighborhood on the border of Brooklyn and Queens in New York City.[2][3]

The Cedar Lane Stables in Queens, used by the federation from 1998 to 2016.


During the 1870s and 1880s, African-American cowboys made up approximately 25% of the 35,000 cowboys in the Western Frontier. The Federation honors this legacy through youth programs, rodeos, and school visits, while also using horsemanship to teach local youth life skills such as patience, kindness, and tolerance.[4]

The Federation of Black Cowboys was officially incorporated in 1994 and leased the Cedar Lane Stables in Queens from the Parks Department.[4][5]

In 2012, six horses died in the Cedar Lane Stables, forcing the city to close the stables while the Federation renovated.[4]

Licensing for the stables occurs annually, and historically the Federation was the sole bidder. Their last licensing agreement was for 2015, when the city released a public Request for Proposal (RFP). In February 2016, FBC was informed their license would not be renewed. It was transferred to GallopNYC, a non-profit aiding disabled people through therapeutic horsemanship.[4]


  1. ^ "Black cowboys: Urban rodeo". The Economist. Sep 10, 2009. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
  2. ^ a b Kilgannon, Corey (October 10, 2006). "Black Cowboys Ride the Range in Queens, and Keep a Sharp Lookout for Traffic". New York Times. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
  3. ^ a b Waddell, Robert (August 6, 1995). "THE FRESH AIR FUND; Black Cowboys Share Their Art With Urban Children". New York Times. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d Ronner, Abby (2016-04-20). "Giddy Out: Will New York's Federation of Black Cowboys Be Sent Packing?". Village Voice. Retrieved 2016-05-09.
  5. ^ "Home Page". nycfederationofblackcowboys. Retrieved 2016-05-09.

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