Gastonia cowboy is looking for love — and celebrating his heritage — on reality TV series
Ryan Black's 40-plus-acre horse farm in Gastonia, Blackstone Ranch, was the setting this fall for a reality television show on the FOX network, “Farmer Wants A Wife.” Black, 32, is one of four bachelor farm owners who went on an 11-episode journey to not only find the woman of their dreams, but someone who could handle farm life.
Black bought his sprawling horse farm three years ago. It has 18 stalls and several fenced-in corrals and pastures for the more than 20 full-sized and about 10 mini-horses on the ranch. His two-story home is attached to the barn.
He has two full-time ranch hands to help him with the breeding, training, and boarding operations. Black, who is African American and refers to himself as a Black cowboy, is a third-generation horse rancher.
Black has gained a bit of notoriety since his debut this year on the reality show. He says he has never been married and was open to love when FOX producers came across him on social media and asked him to be on the show.
"I’m glad that I haven’t been (married before) even though there were times in some past relationships where I thought I would be, but looking back at my life, it would have probably ended in divorce," Black said.
Black wouldn't say if he actually proposed to any of the eight women in his initial group.
"Just keep watching and stay with me on this journey," Black said.
Black talked to WFAE's All Things Considered host Gwendolyn Glenn about growing up on a horse farm and his experiences on "Farmer Wants A Wife," which airs Wednesdays on FOX at 9 p.m.
Listen to Black and Glenn's whole conversation below.