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‘Concrete Cowboy’ sets record straight

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The cast of the Concrete Cowboy onset. 


‘Concrete Cowboy’ sets record straight

By Suzy Jarratt

More than just getting Idris Elba’s award-winning backside into a saddle, ‘Concrete Cowboy’ is an enlightening portrayal of the contribution of African Americans to horse-riding culture.

Rear of the Year is a light-hearted award for celebrities considered to have notable posteriors. In 2017 it was awarded to British actor Idris Elba. A couple of years later he was to give that “toned and firm gluteus maximus” a bit of a bashing when he undertook many gruelling weeks of riding in preparation for the lead role of Harp in Concrete Cowboy (2020, Netflix), based on Philadelphia’s Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club.

Coupled with his inability to ride was an allergy to horses, which meant he had to wear gloves and long-sleeved shirts when near them, otherwise he would suffer sneezing fits and a runny nose. “I had to put aside my own discomfort,” says Elba, who not only had to portray a skilled horseman but one from North Philadelphia....


Read the full article in the June 2021 issue of Equestrian Life here!



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