Brianna Noble: 5 Fast Facts You Need To Know

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Getty Images Brianna Noble rides her horse named Dapper Dan wearing a sign that reads "Black Lives Matter" during an Oakland protest.

Brianna Noble is a 25-year-old equestrian who made quite the entrance last week when she arrived to a protest in Oakland, California, and now everyone wants to know who she is. The Bay Area native had all eyes on her when arrived atop of her own horse, who wore a Black Lives Matter sign, in honor of George Floyd, the Minneapolis man whose death has led to protests across the country. While home watching news coverage about the demonstrations taking place, Noble decided to join in and bring her Stallion with her.

“It wasn’t a very planned thing,” she told  the Guardian. “I was just pissed, sitting at home and seeing the video of George Floyd. I felt helpless and thought to myself: ‘I’m just another protester if I go down there alone, but no one can ignore a black woman sitting on top of a horse.’”

Here’s what you need to know about Brianna Noble


  1. 1. She’s a Small Business Owner

Noble owns a horseback riding center in Martinez, CA called Mulatto Meadows. She buys horses, trains them and offers horsemanship classes for children and adults.

“I get horses that are generally older,” she told KQED. “They’ve kind of fallen through the cracks. I do feral horses, I do wild horses, horses that have never been touched, and I train them.”


2. Noble’s Horse She Rode to the Protest Is Named Dapper Dan

Dapper Dan is the horse who carried Noble in for her grand entrance at the Oakland demonstration last week. Due to his breathtaking size, Noble knew she would demand attention if she brought him along for the ride.

“My horse, Dapper Dan, is huge,” she told KQED. He is a 17-hand horse. He weighs about 1,800 pounds. So he is actually much larger than most of the everyday horses that you’ll see around. Couple that with the fact that you don’t actually see too many black people — let alone black women — riding, at least not here in California. It’s something that turns heads wherever I go.

After she bought Dapper Dan for $500 two years ago, she thought she had made a mistake due to his defiant demeanor.

“Then I got him and I was like, what did I get myself into?,” she said. “He was just so awful — and I cried. He was a very, very hard-to-handle horse.”

Thankfully, Dapper Dan was able to make a total 360.

“I never in my wildest dreams imagined that he would turn into the horse that he is today. He went from just kind of a horse that I got stuck with to, you know, really showing his true colors. And now he’s my partner that has my back.”


3. Noble Wants to Become the First Black Woman to do Horse Jumping in the Olympics

Protesting from a pedestal ‘No one can ignore a black woman on a horse’The photo was shared and liked around the world: Brianna Noble riding her horse in front of the crowd at a California protest marking the death of George Floyd. Noble hadn’t planned to ride her horse, Dapper Dan, into the center of Friday evening’s protests in the city of Oakland. “It wasn’t a very planned thing,” the 25 year-old Bay Area native told the Guardian. “I was just pissed, sitting at home and seeing the video of George Floyd. I felt helpless and thought to myself: ‘I’m just another protester if I go down there alone, but no one can ignore a black woman sitting on top of a horse.’”Noble was among thousands of protestors who had come out on Friday to decry the killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville and to call for charges against three former police officers involved in Floyd’s arrest. A fourth former officer, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. As night fell in Oakland, people ransacked retail stores such as Target, broke into car dealerships and set multiple fires. These incidents – and images of burning buildings and broken windows across the US – have become defining images of this most recent round of protests. Noble says that this focus on destruction was another motivator for her to bring her horse Dapper Dan into downtown Oakland.“I know that what makes headlines is breaking windows and people smashing things,” Noble said. “So I thought: ‘Let’s go out and give the media something to look at that is positive and change the narrative.’”Noble, who trains feral and wild horses, also works to change narratives in the equestrian world which, in California, is majority white and has a high financial barrier to entry. She hopes that, in addition to contributing to the movement against police brutality toward black and brown people, to become the first black woman to do horse jumping in the Olympics and bring low-income kids into the horse community.“I don’t want to be known for just walking down Broadway one time,” Noble said. “I want to make a lasting impact in my community for black and brown people.“When you’re black it doesn’t matter how loud you scream or how deep your words are, nobody would listen,” she continued. “So to now have found this amazing pedestal – my horse Dapper Dan to sit upon – and not have to say a word is amazing.” All data is taken from the source: https://www.theguardian.com/ Article Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/01/george-floyd-protester-oakland-horse#img-1 #horse #breitbartnews #abcnewsphilly #news #nytimes #cnn #newsnow Protesting from a pedestal ‘No one can ignore a black woman on a horse’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCx5exymlj82020-06-02T07:02:27Z

Noble hopes to take her talents to the Olympics. She dreams of  becoming the first black woman to do the horse jumping competition some day.

“I don’t want to be known for just walking down Broadway one time,” Noble told The Guardian. “I want to make a lasting impact in my community for black and brown people.”

She added that being such a peculiar sight gives her the advantage of being acknowledged and making a mark as a black woman.

“When you’re black it doesn’t matter how loud you scream or how deep your words are, nobody would listen. So to now have found this amazing pedestal – my horse Dapper Dan to sit upon – and not have to say a word is amazing.”


4. Her Fiance Designs Custom Cutting Boards

By the looks of Noble’s Facebook page, her fiance’ Adolfo Gutierrez, has a special talent. In a few posts on her page she shows off his custom butcher and cutting boards that he has made.

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FacebookA cutting board by Adolfo Gutierrez.

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FacebookA cutting board by Adolfo Gutierrez.


5. Noble Loves Tea

Besides having a love for horses, Noble also loves drinking tea. In the post above from her Facebook page, she shows off her variety of teas in her collection.