Coventry Telegraph

Publication: Coventry Telegraph

Date: August 2020

Reece McCook has launched a campaign called Ride Out Racism and his dream is to open a riding school in the heart of the city

A young Coventry rider who suffered racial abuse has launched a campaign encouraging greater diversity in equestrian sport.

Reece McCook, 18, started riding after seeing Shetland ponies as a child and becoming fascinated. He began riding lessons and now, has ambitions to compete at Badminton Horse Trials.

But on a working pupil placement Reece told how he faced racist insults. At another yard he was refused a key for the tack room because the woman who ran it assumed he was a thief.

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