Urban cowgirl Brianna Noble brings horses to East Oakland Collective food giveaway

OAKLAND — There was something you don’t usually see in Deep East Oakland — horses.

Brianna Noble, who gained worldwide fame after riding her horse Dapper Dan during an Oakland Black Lives Matter protest last May, brought him and her other horse Plateado Tuesday morning to meet community members during a food giveaway at the East Oakland Collective on MacArthur Boulevard and 78th Street.

“We thought if maybe we could just bring the horses out, we could cause a couple of people to have some smiles on their faces and create some positive experiences with the kids,” she said.

OAKLEY, CA – FEB. 23: Brianna Noble, founder and head trainer at Mullato Meadows, to the left, and Shahara McCoy show Noble’s horses Plateado and Dapper Dan to people during a food giveaway at the East Oakland Collective in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. Noble gained notoriety after riding Dapper Dan during a Black Lives Matter protest in Oakland last May. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group) 

“It’s so amazing to have Brianna bring the horses down to our food giveaway. It has brought a smile to our guest’s faces,” said Candice Elder, the collective’s founder and executive director, who greeted Noble and her horses on the group’s largest distribution day of the week.

Food insecurity, especially during the pandemic, is a real issue, and the collective is doing its part to help feed the community by serving food Monday through Friday.

OAKLEY, CA – FEB. 23: Michelle Noble, left, mom of Brianna Noble, founder and head trainer at Mullato Meadows, left, takes pictures of her with her horses Plateado, left, and Dapper Dan, right, during a food giveaway in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. Noble gained notoriety after riding Dapper Dan during a Black Lives Matter protest in Oakland last May. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group) 

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On a warm spring-like day with blue skies, Noble’s mother, Michelle Noble, took pictures and passed out hand sanitizer as parents and children met the horses. She said the work her daughter is doing to bring horses and horse management skills to underserved youth through her Humble program is amazing.

“I’m incredibly proud. It’s been really overwhelming to watch the amount of success and attention she’s garnered just doing what she loves,” Michelle Noble said.

Last year, Brianna Noble, founder and head trainer at Mulatto Meadows in Briones, founded Humble, an Oakland-based equine program dedicated to positively impacting youth from disenfranchised communities. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, she put the program on pause, so she was glad to have the opportunity to expose local children to horses at the collective’s event.

“Everybody remembers the first time they got to touch or handle a horse,” Noble said. “We’re just trying to create some of those memories for people today.”

OAKLEY, CA – FEB. 23: Drea Reyes visits with Brianna Noble’s horse Dapper Dan as Noble, founder and head trainer at Mullato Meadows, left, stands with her horse Plateado during a food giveaway at the East Oakland Collective in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Feb. …read more

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