They're cowboys _ and they're coming straight outta Compton
Posted September 13
COMPTON, Calif. — Long before NWA put the place on the map as the birthplace of gangsta rap and its streets echoed with the sounds of drive-by gunfire, Compton, California, was a cowboy town.
And, if you look closely, it still is.
Approximately 200 horses live in backyard stables in Richland Farms, a 10-square-block oasis that sits right in the middle of gritty, urban Compton.
From this agriculturally zoned enclave that time seems to have forgotten, you'll find people like 56-year-old cowboy Ivory McCloud taking their trusty steeds onto Compton's busy streets for weekend rides.
Or Olympic hopeful Xavier Allison teaching English-style riding to members of the nonprofit Compton Jr. Posse.
And if he's not out on the professional rodeo circuit that day, you might even see 23-year-old bareback riding star Tre Hosley go galloping by.