Gwyneth Talley

Gwyneth Talley is a native of rural Nebraska (USA), a graduate of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She is a cultural anthropologist and is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of California–Los Angeles. As an avid equestrian, Gwyneth’s introduction to tbourida in 2010 has furthered her interest in heritage equestrian sports. She has spent seven years studying women’s growing participation in sport in Middle East and North Africa region. Gwyneth received a National Geographic Young Explorer Grant in 2014 and a U.S. Student Fulbright Research Grant in 2015 to pursue her study of female tbourida teams. Gwyneth speaks Colloquial Moroccan Arabic and French. She has presented papers at several international conferences including Galloping History in Ankara, Turkey, KU Leuven in Belgium, and School for Oriental and African Studies in London. Topics have included Moroccan women in sports, equestrian heritage in Morocco, and working equids in Morocco. Her chapter entitled “The Gunpowder Games: Traditional Equestrianism as Moroccan Invented Heritage Tourism” is featured in Equestrian Culture in the Global and Local Arenas published in June 2017. This is her first documentary project. She can be reached at