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They're cowboys _ and they're coming straight outta Compton

Posted September 13

Ivory McCloud maneuvers his horse, Diamond, down a street in Compton, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. Although best known as the birthplace of gangsta rap and the hometown of tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams, Compton has a long and vibrant equestrian history. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

— 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.

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