Episode 1

Celebrating Black Horsemen & Women

With Guest Stanford Moore

, Founder

Black Reins Magazine

Standford Moore

What would you do if you were told you’d never have enough content to make a magazine successful? Would you keep going? Or would you throw in the towel? Stanford Moore is a black American who loves horses and has a dream to celebrate the black men and women who have contributed to the equestrian life. Listen to his response and decisions as he’s faced opposition along the way to building Black Reins Magazine.

Today's Guest

Standford Moore

Stanford Moore

Stanford E. Moore’s love of horses began when he was a little boy growing up on a farm back in Ahoskie, North Carolina. His Grandfather had two horses that he immediately fell in love with. One a black stallion named “Stubby” because of his headstrong nature and a one-eyed grey mare named “Snowball”, which he loved dearly.

The horses were a big part of his young life back then living on hundreds of acres. Early morning farm work before and after school was a way of life, but “two horses can sure take the work out of it”. Moore’s grandfather Buster “Bus” Moore passed away when he was an early teen with all of the livestock sold by the family. Even so, the love of horses never left and Moore vowed that, when in position to, he would own horses of his own.

After high school Moore joined the Army, where he served for nearly four years. He decided to depart after returning home from Desert Storm. He studied Aero Science in college and was always naturally gifted in Art. After college, Moore moved to Raleigh, North Carolina and furthered his education in pursuit of an electrical engineering career. He was later hired by two major corporations in the Research Triangle Park in engineering research and design.

After meeting his wife Shekina in 1997, he was soon introduced to her uncle and his mentor, Pastor Dr. Arlee Griffin, Jr. He was a lover of horses and the owner of Arkofa Farms, a 200 acre Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred Breeding farm. Volunteering on the farm, Moore began learning true horsemanship from the staff of trainers. He purchased a 16.3 hand bay appendix bred quarter/thoroughbred fresh off of the track named “Good Grief I’m A Hero” and he immediately fell in love with him.

The rest is history.

Moore went on to walk away from Corporate America and partnered with an Inc. 500 telecom/energy company where he became one of it’s Senior VPs. He is the visionary and Publisher of Black Reins Magazine with Literacy Moguls (TM) Publishing Company, spotlighting black farm/ranchers, equestrians, horsemen and cowboys.

What We Talked About

What growing up on a farm and then serving in the military taught Stanford about life and how it led to the genesis of Black Reins Magazine
Why he started Black Reins Magazine
The desire to help people feel like they’re not alone and bring a spotlight to the equestrians in the black community
The challenges of reaching and growing engagement for the magazine and how it has affected him personally
Shining light on the black footprints in history that shaped equestrian life today
The stories that are lost because of fear
His motivation to celebrate and honor the black horsemen and women alive today for their contributions to the industry
His hope for the future of the industry and the magazine
How we can do better through listening, asking questions, and connecting with one another.
Being in pursuit of the America we’ve never known or seen together.

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Amanda is a wife, mother, entrepreneur, Partner at Evergreen Results and a founding member of the Built for Impact podcast team. She enjoys spending time with her family, serving others, horseback riding, and spending time in the mountains.