The not for profit New York City Riding Academy was founded by Dr. George E. Blair in 1970 in Manhattan's Randall's Island Park, New York, New York 10035.
During the Academy's 53 years existence it has served thousands of students ranging in age from 5 to 90. Dr. Blair and his distinguished equestrian colleagues at the Academy are all unpaid Volunteers.
Dr. Blair has been riding horses, training horses and teaching students how to ride horses from beginners to dressage training for more than 80 years. Dr. Blair has also served as an instructor and coach for children participating in The New York State Special Olympics for more than 30 years.
Dr. Blair, age 91, is a distinguished scholar and teacher with many earned and honorary degrees, a visionary equestrian and former Army Officer who has received many awards and special recognitions. Herein contained are four highlights of Dr. Blair's exceptional career: (1) The New York City "Light Of The World Award"; (2) selection as Who's Who In American Education; (3) New York City Television Channel 1 New Yorker Of The Week; and (4) a Humans of New York Selection.
The enclosed Press Listing will provide some additional data and insight About Us for your information and use.
1. Dr. George Blair Charlie Rose, 1992 https://charlierose.com/videos/18691
2. Dr. George Blair Success Stories: ’67Ed.D. St. John's University, 2021 https://www.stjohns.edu/about/news/success-stories/george-e-blair-67edd
3. Dr. George Blair Humans of New York, 2021 https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=6233649736709074&id=102099916530784
4. Dr. George Blair New Yorker of the Week Television, CHannel 1, New York City
Black Cowboys in Harlem Harlem America, 2021. https://www.harlemamerica.com/harlemamerica-blog/black-cowboys-in-harlem/
Black cowboy, 88, Brings Blazing Saddles and Rodeo to New York The Times, 2021 https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/black-cowboy-88-brings-blazing-saddles-and-rodeo-to-new-york-q7pndr26g
When Black Cowboys Paraded Through Harlem with Muhammad Ali The Undefeated, 2020 https://theundefeated.com/features/black-rodeo-cowboys-paraded-through-harlem-with-muhammad-ali/ -- with images
The Last of New York's Black Cowboys NY Times, 2020 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/10/nyregion/black-cowboys-nyc.html
82 Yr Old Can Still Giddyup NY Post, 2012 https://nypost.com/2012/06/24/82-yr-old-can-still-giddyup/
An Unusual Educational Approach from an Unusual Man Village Voice, 2008 https://www.villagevoice.com/2008/07/29/an-unusual-educational-approach-from-an-unusual-man/
Deep in the Heart of Brooklyn: Cowboys and Kosher Food NY Times, 1997 https://www.nytimes.com/1997/09/01/nyregion/deep-in-the-heart-of-brooklyn-cowboys-and-kosher-food.html
Ropin' and Ridin': Rodeo in Brooklyn CS Monitor, 1988 https://www.csmonitor.com/1988/0805/zrodeo.html
Step Back in Time: Sept. 22, 1986 The Daily Star, 2014 https://www.thedailystar.com/community/step-back-in-time-sept/article_13bae3ad-f590-5687-b281-492ba239a1c7.html
A Glimpse into Black Culture in NYC NYCGo, 2021 https://www.nycgo.com/the-black-experience-in-nyc
Generations of Black Cowboys Bloomberg, 2021 https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2021-02-03/generations-of-black-cowboys-video