Many Hearts, One Farm
December 2021 | Edition 3
Spotlight of the Month
Ariel Piper
Equestrian
Ariel and her horse during a competition
People of color have long been under-represented in the world of equestrian sports with only 10.7% of its population being of Hispanic/Latino descent and 3.2% of African American. While equestrian-related marketers have historically portrayed equestrians as being primarily white in their advertising campaigns; today, more and more companies, like LeMieux are offering a more diverse representation of the equestrian world.

There are many voices belonging to people of color in the equestrian world pushing to increase representation in their field of expertise. One such voice comes from a young woman named Ariel Piper who is not only a young black equestrian in a predominantly white dominated sport but also had to overcome significant physical challenges to pursue her dream. From a young age, it had been Ariel’s life-long dream to become a horse trainer. Unfortunately, she was forced to rethink those plans at the age of 15, after suffering a concussion while retrieving her horse from the pasture. This debilitating accident left Ariel wondering if she would be able to continue to pursue her dream of a career in horses. Ariel’s story of triumph and recovery is one of inspiration.
 
Today, Ariel has found a new way to embrace the field she loves by working in marketing and as a model for equestrian supply stores such as The Hunt Club, an equestrian clothing store in Pittsburg. She also started her own marketing business: Dappled Equine Marketing. Ariel commented on her career change, “I wanted to share my story and interact with people who are in the same boat as me. Throughout the process, I felt like I had no POC to look up to at the top of the sport. I think that was one of the things that made the journey a bit harder - I felt like I had multiple things against me. But I’ve gotten messages from other people saying that my pushing through this accident made them feel like they could push through anything, too”
 
Though Ariel says she still struggles with her injury, she continues to pursue her passion. You can check out her work at dappledequinemarketing.com and read her story that was featured in The Chronicle of the Horse.
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Did You Know?
These past two years have created a mental health crisis for many people. Kids, teenagers, and adults have all felt the effects and may need help, but are uncomfortable or unsure how to ask for help. Many may not even understand fully how they are feeling or be able to put a name to their emotions.
Safe 2 Help Illinois is an online resource to help with suicide prevention, mental health, sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and substance abuse. This website provides contact numbers and even videos for how to help someone experiencing these traumas. They even have resources directly focused to help kids and teens. Checkout or share the website at safe2helpil.com.
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There are many holidays, religious and secular, celebrated during the month of December. Most share the themes of celebrating light, warmth, and supporting each other through the dark winter months ahead. However you choose (or not) to celebrate, Main Stay wishes everyone light, warmth, and love for the end of 2021 and into the New Year! 
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