Celebrating Black History Month: Donna Cheek

by Elysian Magazine

First Black woman to join the U. S. Equestrian Team
First Black Equestrian inducted into the Women’s Sports Hall of Fame

Donna Cheek became the first black member of the U.S. Equestrian Team when she was selected to represent our country at the 1992 American Show Jumping Championships. She was the California Exposition Champion and winner of the F.B. Hart Perpetual Trophy, the American Horses Shows Association Medal Champion and, in 1997, was inducted into the Women’s Sports Hall of Distinction.

She has been an exhibition ride, role model, and motivational speaker for RJR Nabisco Brands, Inc. the Adolph Coors Outstanding Talent Family, and a spokesperson for Involvement for Young Achievers, Inc. Donna hosted the KCBX Public Radio show, “Animal Issues and Ideas.” She starred in One More Hurdle: The Donna Cheek Story, for NBC-TV, for which she won the Southern California Motion Picture Council Bronze Halo Award, and appeared in the NBC-TV commercial, “Profiles in Pride.” Donna is mentor to young equestrians and an example of perseverence, in her sport and in life, for all women, regardless of color. www.linkedin.com/in/equinetrainersnewsletter

For Donna Cheek’s full interview click here.

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