Her Story: Shariah Harris

Shariah Harris was First Black Woman To Ride In U.S. Polo’s Highest League

Shariah started riding at age 8, when her mom took a wrong turn in the park and ended up at the riding stables. The family had  stumbled upon the Work-to-Ride program — a nonprofit organization in Philadelphia that is dedicated to exposing at-risk youth to equestrian activities. 

Riding and Polo became a passion for Shariah. She worked hard and played hard over the years, and she earned herself a scholarship to Cornell University where she led the polo team to the national finals.

Shariah Harris was named the U.S. Polo Association’s National Interscholastic Player of the Year as a senior in high school. One year later, at age 19, she became the first Black woman to play in a top-tier polo tournament. 

Today we honor Shariah, She Made History and is inspiring young Black riders everywhere.

Shariah Harris
Shariah Harris, Credit: Lezlie Hiner

Links for Learning:

Work to Ride Success Story Shariah Harris 
Joins Cornell Class of 2020
– East Coast Equestrian

Shariah Harris: Big Red Bound

Shariah Harris – Women of Polo

About The Author


Mother, Photographer, Wisecracker.... not necessarily in that order.

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