About the Project

The Equestrians of Color Photography Project (EOCP) was created to amplify the voices of equestrians of color who have stories they want to share with our community. First and foremost, each of us is an ally before a photographer and is here to listen, learn, and evolve from the stories that are shared with us.

We aim to provide a safe space for equestrians of color to feel welcomed and comfortable in front of our camera. Through a group blog, we will strive to shed light on challenging, uplifting, and inspirational stories of Equestrians of Color.

By raising awareness and supporting an inclusive and diverse equestrian community, together we will bring positive and developmental change to our industry on a global scale.

How it Works

Approved photographers from around the world will submit stories to be published on this web site in blog form. Stories will include photos and a narrative in their own words about their experience of being an Equestrian of Color.

Our Team

Bethany Pastorial


Bethany Pastorial is an equine portrait and branding photographer based in Missouri. Having grown up as both a horse lover and a minority in various disciplines, she is passionate about increasing awareness within the equine community. Her work within the EOCP is motivated by a need to create representation she would have looked up to as a child.

Erica Hills


Erica Hills is a full-time equestrian lifestyle photographer based in Florida. She helps equestrians decorate their stables and homes with luxury artwork. As a person of color, she feels a calling to join the EOCP to serve as a role model for equestrians of color around the globe.

Anna Smolens


Anna Smolens is a fine art and equine portrait photographer located in Maryland. Her lifelong love of horses and passion for storytelling through photography brought her to the EOCP. She strongly believes that now is the time for more open conversation and that using our collective voices will make this industry stronger.