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Author and photographer finds muse in trail riding

Posted at 6:06 PM, Sep 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-09 00:06:45-04

An author originally from Kansas is sharing the historic significance of trail riding through photos.

Jeremiah Ariaz, who now lives in Louisiana, was at the Teche Center for the Arts in Breaux Bridge today to talk about new his book Louisiana Trail Riders: Stories and Images.

In the book, you’ll learn about how African American trail riding clubs got their start and their current significance.

“In 2014 while riding my motorcycle in rural Louisiana, I encountered a large group of people riding horseback. They commanded the road, and I pulled over for them to pass. I retrieved my camera from the saddlebag of my bike and took a few photographs as they rode by. A gentleman near the end of the procession waved, encouraging me to join. So began my ride as witness to the trail riding clubs,” Ariaz said.

In addition to sharing some of Louisiana’s cultural heritage, Ariaz hopes his photos will depict a different representation of the traditional, historic cowboy.

For a look at some of the photos, click here.