City Cowgirl brings horses to the East Oakland Meals Giveaway

OAKLAND – There was something on Tuesday morning that you don’t normally see in East Oakland – horses.

Brianna Noble, who rode her horse Dapper Dan in a protest against Oakland Black Lives Matter around the world last May, took him and her other horse Plateado to meet members of the community during a giveaway at the East Oakland Collective on MacArthur Boulevard and in 78th Street.

“We thought if maybe we could just get the horses out we could get some people to smile and have positive experiences with the kids,” she said.

OAKLAND, CA – FEB. 23: Brianna Noble, founder and head coach at Mullato Meadows, left, and Shahara McCoy showcase Noble’s horses Plateado and Dapper Dan on Tuesday, February 23, during a giveaway at the East Oakland Collective in Oakland, Calif., 2021. Noble gained notoriety after he rode Dapper Dan in a protest against Black Lives Matter in Oakland last May. (Jane Tyska / Bay Area News Group)

“It’s so amazing that Brianna brings the horses to our giveaway. It put smiles on the faces of our guests, ”said Candice Elder, founder and executive director of the collective who greeted Noble and her horses on the group’s largest distribution day of the week.

Food insecurity, especially during the pandemic, is a real issue and the collective is doing its part to feed the community by serving food Monday through Friday.

OAKLAND, CA – FEB. 23: Michelle Noble, left, mother of Brianna Noble, founder and head coach at Mullato Meadows, left, photographs her with her horses Plateado (left) and Dapper Dan (right) during a giveaway in Oakland, Calif. Tuesday February 23, 2021. Noble gained notoriety after riding Dapper Dan in a protest against Black Lives Matter in Oakland last May. (Jane Tyska / Bay Area News Group)

On a warm, spring-like day with clear blue skies, Noble’s mother, Michelle Noble, was taking photos and handing out hand sanitizer when parents and children met the horses. She said the work her daughter does to bring horses and horse handling skills to underserved youth through her Humble program is amazing.

“I am incredibly proud. It was really overwhelming to see how much success and attention she got just doing what she loves, ”said Michelle Noble.

Last year, Brianna Noble, founder and head coach at Mulatto Meadows in Briones, Humble, founded an Oakland-based equestrian program dedicated to influencing youth from disenfranchised communities. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, she paused the program and was happy to have the opportunity to expose local children to horses at the collective event.

“Everyone remembers the first time they were allowed to touch or touch a horse,” said Noble. “We’re just trying to create some of those memories for people today.”

To learn more about Mullato Meadows or the Humble Program, or to make a donation, click here.

OAKLAND, CA – FEB. 23: Drea Reyes visits Brianna Noble’s horse Dapper Dan as Noble, founder and head coach at Mullato Meadows, left, stands with her horse Plateado during a giveaway at the East Oakland Collective in Oakland, Calif. On Tuesday, February 23, 2021 Notoriety after riding Dapper Dan in a protest against Black Lives Matter in Oakland last May. (Jane Tyska / Bay Area News Group) OAKLAND, CA – FEB. 23: Andrew Park and Marcy Laso, from right, deliver boxes of groceries during a giveaway at the East Oakland Collective in Oakland, Calif. On Tuesday, February 23, 2021. Brianna Noble, founder and head coach of Mullato Meadows, best known for riding her horse Dapper Dan during a protest against Black Lives Matter in Oakland last May, and brought two of her horses to the event. (Jane Tyska / Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND, CA – FEB. 23: Brianna Noble, founder and head coach at Mullato Meadows, left, shows Noah Daniels 2 and his grandfather Jeff Daniels, right, their horse Plateado while their dog Goon kisses him during a giveaway at the East Oakland Collective in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. Noble gained notoriety after riding her horse Dapper Dan at a protest against Black Lives Matter in Oakland last May. (Jane Tyska / Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND, CA – FEB. 23: Brianna Noble, founder and head coach at Mullato Meadows, speaks to her mother Michelle Noble (left), who sits with her horses Plateado and Dapper Dan in the foreground, during a giveaway at the East Oakland Collective in Oakland, California. on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. Noble gained notoriety after riding her horse Dapper Dan at a protest against Black Lives Matter in Oakland last May. (Jane Tyska / Bay Area News Group)

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