Watch my CNN Great Big Story Documentary

Jessica Peterson

Hidden among the homes and businesses of Compton sits an unlikely stable. At Compton Jr. Posse, kids from the neighborhood learn to ride and care for horses. They also compete in serious events. Shola Oyefeso, a member of the group, says she’s proud to ride for Compton, and though the horses are donated, that doesn’t change the bond riders have with them.

This is a documentary short I directed and produced for CNN’s Great Big Story. The Hubs and I shot this a few months ago in Compton, Malibu, and Pasadena. It was a pretty challenging run-and-gun situation with dust kicking into my eyes and making them water the whole time. However, I loved working with the kids and horses of Compton Jr. Posse. The staff was incredibly gracious as well. Our subject, Shola Oyefeso, is a remarkable 17-year-old who was juggling her final month of high school, a riding competition, and an after school job. This two-minute doc is hardly enough to get to know her, but it’s a great introduction to a worthy organization.

Learn more about Compton Jr. Posse on their website.

Check out the behind-the-scenes pics below.

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Jessica Peterson is a travel filmmaker, photographer, and journalist. She released her first documentary film about indigenous culture on Guam in 2016, after having lived nearly 7 years on the Pacific island. Jessica is currently on the Great American Roadtrip in her Airstream trailer.
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  • The Tipsy Gypsies

    Awesome short Jessica! Great subject, great filmmaking 👍

  • Living in SoCal, Compton is NOT a place that you’d want to visit. It is great that there are programs like this to help kids escape the poverty, crime, and drugs that may seem to be the norm to an outsider’s view. I’m sure there are a great number of impressive and talented children just waiting for a great opportunity like this to showcase their skills. Kudos to you for highlighting their progress! – Lee

  • Carlinn

    Wow how awesome! I have always wanted to do something like this but it does need a huge amount of skill and hard work! Awesome way to showcase some great talent!

  • Tasha Haley

    This is really cool. You must have some serious talent. Well done again for this. The shots are awesome I can see why they used you

  • Marissa Abao

    I watched the video. I liked it. It was short but I was able to get to know the background of Shola. Great job! You know how to create a really good content.
    Shola is a hardworking and passionate person. I love her personality. She is determined to succeed. I like that she is in a community wherein they help the other kids to do this sport too. She mentioned that you cannot have a bad attitude when you ride a horse. She is young but knows how to deal with life already.

  • Kim Bui

    I always watch Great Big Story videos on YouTube! Loved watching and hearing about Shola’s story. Compton is the last place I would expect a riding school to be, I wish Shola and the rest of Compton Jr. Posse great success!

  • This is really awesome. I haven’t heard of Great Big Story before but I just googled it and they all look so great and inspiring. This one especially sounds interesting to me so I’ll definitely watch it after work today! Thanks for sharing

  • Monica Suri

    What a mind blowing video. You are very talented and I totally understand why they chose you. Super girl. You are amazing