BRI NOBLE -  FOUNDER & HEAD TRAINER

Bri Noble is the founder and owner of Mulatto Meadows, an equestrian business dedicated to expanding the accessibility of riding and horsemanship to communities historically excluded from the equestrian world. Bri is especially passionate about introducing horsemanship and riding to youth of color and economically disenfranchised populations. 


Bri has ridden and trained in both English and Western disciplines including jumping, eventing, ranch versatility, and Trail Trails. She believes that no matter the focus, whether it’s trail riding or show jumping, true horsemanship is a language that transcends all disciplines.

By putting the needs of the horse first, equestrians can grow both personally and professionally to reach their true potential.  
Bri recently garnered international attention when she rode her horse Dapper Dan at an Oakland, California Black Lives Matter protest over the death of George Floyd. The image of Bri atop her 17.1 hand horse has become a beacon of hope for people worldwide. 

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area’s East Bay, Bri is a lifelong horse enthusiast whose love of horses began with summers at the barn with her big sister. At the age of 15 she was given her first horse, an abused off the track thoroughbred she renamed Midnight Affair. Bri has dedicated her life as a trainer to rehabilitating abused horses into “bombproof” mounts, and then finding loving homes for them with responsible horse owners. Bri is the mother to two-year-old Genesis Joan, a budding horsewoman herself, and engaged to fellow horseman Adolfo Gutierrez. 
 

The TRAINING Team

SHAHARAH MCCOY  - TRAINER

I grew up in Oakland California in a non-horsey family! After watching series of Saddle Club on television, I was intrigued with horses and desperately wanted to ride! At the age of 7/8yr old, I started riding lessons in the Oakland hills under hj trainer Sara Crary! Who took me under her wing? My father who was a single parent of 6 in the household. Lessons weren’t in the budget so I worked as a working student to help pay them off.  Cleaning stalls saddling and grooming horses in

exchange for my 1hr lessons! High school was tough for me and I had gotten into too much trouble. My father decided that maybe getting me back into horse would help!! My father and I then bought my first horse for 40$ who was a retiring racehorse from racing trainers Tim Bellasis and Cassy Tschanz who will soon be my guidance into the horse racing world! Derby and I rode many trails and tried our hand out at a few jumper shows! I then switched over to western riding! Competitively Sorting and Team penning which I did over most of the Central Valley in California winning money and prizes!! I eventually started taking cutting lessons on a broodmare that had tons of earnings in cutting!! For a few years I worked under a few cutting trainers! Learning to start colts and watching the progression of training a cutting horse. With very limited funds and showing I have traveled all over. Won my first cutting show in Amarillo Texas aboard Buddha’s warrior who was a cutting horse of the year in his division with his owner and earner of over 50k. I’ve won a buckle and a few checks and have NCHA earnings! I most recently am a licensed employee at the local racetrack where I would pony racehorse in the morning and afternoons! I also assisted a racehorse trainer for a year building my barn management skills and knowledge with the training of racehorses and breeding.

The Horses

DAPPER DAN

Dapper Dan (Dapper) Is a 7 year old strawberry roan 17.1h Appaloosa gelding. He loves apples, scratches underneath the chin, and long moseys down the trail.

MIDNIGHT AFFAIR
(AKA Mare)

Mare is a 17.1h dark bay 14 year old off the track thoroughbred mare. The smaller the kiddo the more she loves the cuddles. Scratch her back and she will mutual groom yours too! Jumping is her passion, but children are her true love.

PLATEADO

(AKA Stud Muffin,

Mr. Muffin, or Cupcake)

Stud Muffin is a 13-year-old 15.3 American Quarter horse gelding. He’s our go to guy for any job and will do just about anything for a cookie! He loves to show off his tricks, he will lay down, sit like a dog, and even pick up your hat if you drop it… so long as he receives adequate payment in the form of treats!

Dinero

Dinero is an 8-year-old gelding that lives for cuddles. Give him a scratch and watch the hilarity that will ensue. Funny faces tap dancing and whickers of pleasure will let you know when you have scratched the right spot!

 

ELKA KARL

mom to Uli Forster Speedwolf Spoerl and the horse mom to Kleary’s Grateful aka Jerry, a young Irish Sporthorse. Elka holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Texas State University.

Liz Rice

RACHEL ROYCE

Rachel Royce has 25+ years’ experience providing professional service marketing and public relations expertise to award-winning Bay Area architecture, engineering, and construction firms. She has proven experience managing and guiding technical teams to win design build contracts in civic, institutional, community, higher education, and hospitality sectors throughout California. Major projects include new construction and renovation projects for public/private partnerships, development teams, and municipal agencies.

She is a consummate horsewoman and has

completed numerous certifications and training as a member of the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) Mounted Patrol Unit (V318), Search & Rescue, and the California Mounted Officers Association. She currently serves as President of the Metropolitan Horsemen’s Association.

Alli Szutu

Alli Szutu is a Program Manager at Blackstone Consulting, Inc. providing project design, process management, facilitation and support for various enterprise initiatives across Kaiser Permanente’s National Security Services contract. As a previous employee of Moody’s Corporation, Alli led Moody’s social investing and employee engagement programs within North and South America, honing expertise in building and managing strategy, programs, and partnerships, across the private and not-for-profit sectors. Prior

to Moody’s, Alli worked at SS+K, a communications agency, developing social engagement campaigns, rebranding initiatives, and strategic messaging projects. Alli is a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and is a proud alumna of AmeriCorps. She holds an Undergraduate Degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Joint Master's Degree in Public Policy and Business Administration from Mills College.

Michelle Noble

Michelle has over 30 years of experience in business operations, including a background in Information Technology, Supply Chain and Human Resources. Michelle left the corporate sector in 2013 to follow her dream of serving the community in the nonprofit sector, first as a Development Manager at Curry Senior Center, and as a Talent & Evaluation Manager for Youth UpRising. Michelle is currently a Development Assistant with the Skoll Foundation and serves as Advisor and Operations Manager for Humble.  Michelle, also known as “Mom” and “ GrandMe ” (pronounced Grammy), is the proud mother of two daughters, Brittany and Brianna and

two granddaughters, Aliyah and Genesis.  Michelle is an avid roller skater, loves to travel and make organic gourmet granola for her family and friends. She currently lives in San Leandro, with her husband Gary.  

LEE JACKSON

Lee D. Jackson is a California native, and 1996 graduate of California State University Hayward, who has spent the past 19 years providing contract services to Small Business start-ups and Non-Profit Organizations through her own small business, SRV Bookkeeping Solutions - founded in 2001 in the SF Bay Area.  She has serviced a number of notable Non-Profit Organizations based out of the San Francisco Bay to include Youth Speaks Inc, Third Baptist Church of San Francisco Inc., BAVC – Bay Area Video Coalition, ABEN – A Black Education

Network, and GSP – The Greene Scholars Program.  She has also worked with nationally recognized Non-Profits with local chapters across the country, such as Junior Achievement and NABSW – National Association of Black Social Workers (based out of Washington DC). Her experience has led her to accomplishments working with dynamic executive and management teams, one which led the company to going from the kitchen table to publicly traded on Nasdaq, and the other to go from kitchen table through 3 rounds of Venture Capital funding and to doing business in 17 states and counting.  Her passion has been working in the trenches with small businesses and non-profits, working with them to develop & manage their internal bookkeeping & accounting processes, and watch as they grow into large organizations managing multi-million-dollar budgets. She is also the mother of 2 boys, and an active member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., an organization that engages in many local and national community service programs.

Deb Finkler

Debora Finkler is a born and raised Brazilian living in the beautiful SF Bay Area for the last 12 years. She has over 14 years of marketing, web & graphics design experience, and 25 years of experience involved in meaningful projects that exist to make our world better. She has volunteered for animal rescues, gender equity, homeless population outreach, inner city youth sports programs, and many other causes. Her current volunteer work has focus on diversity and inclusion through her work in women in security groups and Humble, turning equestrian sports/life accessible to marginalized populations.

She has worked in the security industry for the last 11 years in the field of communications and change management. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family and friends, as well as baking, roller skating, and enjoying all forms of arts.

Adrien York

Adrien York is a senior at UC Davis, studying Community and Regional Development. She’s a biracial girl who grew up in Fairfield, California and has always loved doing anything outdoors. She always felt challenged by the fact that she never saw people like her represented in activities that she enjoyed, so she loves the mission of Humble to educate children about diverse histories and make them feel confident that they belong in spaces like this. She has experience in communications, having served as Editor-in-Chief of her school’s chapter of Her Campus online magazine and as a current Communications Student Assistant at

 

UC Davis Global Affairs. She loves animals, and her greatest passion is serving and improving her community.

 

NIA TAHANI WILKES

Nia Tahani Wilkes, CED wields event marketing as a powerful means of storytelling and affecting desired behavior change. As a Certified Event Designer at San Francisco's official destination marketing organization, she produced impactful and revenue churning events aimed at facilitating conventions and meetings bookings at The Moscone Center and throughout the SF Bay Area. From concept to wrap report, Nia has proven her talents for sponsorship procurement and management, copywriting and art direction, as well as building marquee experiential CSR and wellness initiatives into her programs. Nia was exposed to event marketing at the start of her

 

career in communications, after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania. She was the primary publicity engine behind major luxury and fashion brands in New York and Los Angeles. Her lifelong equestrian journey began at age 4 and was supported in its earliest stages by a black cowboy who encouraged her to ride through any adversity. Grateful for his impact, Nia continues to pay it forward, now including Humble to the volunteer work she’s most passionate about—the kind that has a direct healing effect. A resident of Oakland and a native of D.C., Nia a professed "country mouse in the city," takes to the hills on her Andalusian buckskin mare Aya, with her husband Leroy and heeler mix Ashe often trailblazing ahead.

Frieda Park

Frieda Park brings 16+ years of operations management and sales experience as well as over 35 years of horse experience to the team. She is currently a Senior Sourcing Manager at Clif Bar & Co and actively engages with a worldwide ingredient supply chain, meeting with farmers and manufacturers to promote growth as well as ensure ethical sourcing practices. Her approach to business is founded on what she has learned from horses over the years, that success first comes from listening and adapting and only once you have built a solid foundation can you
 

seek growth and opportunity. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management @ Arizona State University.

 

AIMEE BRUCKNER STEVLAND

Aimee (Bruckner) Stevland is an experienced creative professional who is passionate about connecting people through excellence in design. She has spent the majority of her career in the entertainment industry, leading creative teams in music artist merchandising, licensing, and video games. She's developed successful merchandise collections for some of the biggest names in popular music as well as brand identities for local entrepreneurs. Large or small, she strives to give each project her all. www.aimeebruckner.com


 

Advisors & VOLUNTEERS

Liz Rice 

Liz is the co-founder of the Humble program and has 16+ years of operations management, consulting, and business development/marketing experience and has spent her career helping leaders and organizations execute visions, manage large change initiatives, and develop new market opportunities. She currently is the Vice President of Healthcare Security Strategy for BCI and is responsible for the long-term success of a multi billion-dollar security contract with a major healthcare provider. She believes success always starts and ends with people and while process and structure are critical for organizational change, culture &

leadership practices are the glue and the grease that makes it all come together.  She holds a master's in business administration and a master’s in Educational Leadership from Mills College, a Bachelor of Arts in Global & International Studies from UC Santa Barbara and has been trained and certified in several leadership development & coaching methodologies.   Elizabeth has been riding horses since she was 4 years old and as an equestrian resident of Oakland CA, spends her free time riding her horse Party Girl in the Oakland Hills.

ELKA KARL

Elka Karl is a writer and communications consultant working with a variety of mission-driven clients. Elka originally moved to the Bay Area over 20 years ago as an AmeriCorps volunteer, building organic gardens in 10 Oakland public schools and teaching health, gardening, and writing skills to elementary students. A passionate lifelong equestrian whose access to horses was severely limited by childhood socioeconomic issues, Elka is a huge believer in Humble and similar programs providing children with broader access to horsemanship. She is the

mom to Uli Forster Speedwolf Spoerl and the horse mom to Kleary’s Grateful aka Jerry, a young Irish Sporthorse. Elka holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Texas State University.

RACHEL ROYCE

Rachel Royce has 25+ years’ experience providing professional service marketing and public relations expertise to award-winning Bay Area architecture, engineering, and construction firms. She has proven experience managing and guiding technical teams to win design build contracts in civic, institutional, community, higher education, and hospitality sectors throughout California. Major projects include new construction and renovation projects for public/private partnerships, development teams, and municipal agencies.

She is a consummate horsewoman and has

completed numerous certifications and training as a member of the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) Mounted Patrol Unit (V318), Search & Rescue, and the California Mounted Officers Association. She currently serves as President of the Metropolitan Horsemen’s Association.

Alli Szutu

Alli Szutu is a Program Manager at Blackstone Consulting, Inc. providing project design, process management, facilitation and support for various enterprise initiatives across Kaiser Permanente’s National Security Services contract. As a previous employee of Moody’s Corporation, Alli led Moody’s social investing and employee engagement programs within North and South America, honing expertise in building and managing strategy, programs, and partnerships, across the private and not-for-profit sectors. Prior

to Moody’s, Alli worked at SS+K, a communications agency, developing social engagement campaigns, rebranding initiatives, and strategic messaging projects. Alli is a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and is a proud alumna of AmeriCorps. She holds an Undergraduate Degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Joint Master's Degree in Public Policy and Business Administration from Mills College.

 

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