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Upper Egypt Gets Its First Female-Led Equestrian School

Black Horse School is bringing equestrianism to Qena, and it's revolutionary in more ways than one.

Traditionally dominated by men, equestrianism has enjoyed its tenure as a central component in Arab culture. As the first of its kind in Upper Egypt, Black Horse School is bringing equestrianism to Qena, and it's revolutionary in more ways than one. Established by brothers Karim and Hashem Talha, the school stands out as one of a few that's led by female instructors, headed by captain Aya Alaa, bringing with them a flock of women and girls eager to learn.


They have around ten horses in total, and can host around five students at a time. Despite the school’s achievements, they haven't been able to receive the support necessary for them to register as an official member of the Equestrian Federation— a feat they’ll surely reach sooner rather than later. For now, they’re rolling up their sleeves and pushing equestrianism forward for both Qena’s boys and girls.