Shariah Harris says the stares, the inappropriate comments and the whispering that comes with being a Black woman playing polo can be discouraging at times, but it won’t stop her from riding.
The 19-year-old from southwest Philadelphia, who plays collegiately at Cornell, mounted up Friday for the Postage Stamp Farm polo team in the Silver Cup tournament at the tony Greenwich Polo Club.
Brenda Lynn, a spokeswoman for the Museum of Polo and Hall of Fame, said Harris became the first African-American woman to ever play in the top tier of U.S. polo, known as high-goal polo. High-goal doesn’t refer to scoring, but rather the handicap (like in golf) of the players.
“If me playing will mean opportunities to play for other kids like me, then I’m perfectly happy to be breaking down doors,” Harris said. “I just keep quiet, put on my boots and go out and play.”
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