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August29

A Black-Owned Atlanta Ranch Using Horseback Riding As Meditation

Darryl Fletcher has dreamed of having a Black-owned Atlanta ranch for more than 20 years. He knew the great impact a horse could have on youth, and he longed to create a space where young people could learn how to handle anxiety, fear, and anger issues.  

​When he acquired his land in Fairburn, Georgia, the name SOOFA – an acronym for Stretch Out On Faith Again – was inspired by his life experiences and entrepreneurial ventures. Some were successful, but others were not.

Despite the challenges, he never quit. 

“The name simply is to inspire people,” he told Travel Noire. “Maybe you tried something before and you need a little bit of encouragement to stretch on faith and try it again.”

Fletcher’s program has grown to help more than youth. He has created an environment along the Chattahoochee River where people, of all ages, can ride horses along the trails.  It’s a therapeutic experience where riders can reflect, overcome anxieties, build confidence, and become better communicators.

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