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Christen Call
Chesapeake, Virginia United States

Owns Horse(s)? Yes

What does being a Kerrits Ambassador mean to you? Poise, professionalism and fun. In my college days, I was a Bud Girl and a Monster Girl. I understand that when you're out with someone else's name on you, people are judging the company with your demeanor. It takes a mature attitude to pick up a reputation and not tarnish it.

What are your passions as a rider and ambassador? Hard work and horsemanship. I was blessed to have an old school trainer who believed that it takes more back breaking days of loading hay, scrubbing buckets and the dreaded sheath cleaning to make a true equestrian, than actual riding. As a 20 year horsewoman, I am known for putting the horse first. These creatures are beautiful and lovely, and we are blessed to be given such a gift.

What is your connection to Kerrits? When I wake up, I think of horses. It's been that way since I've had conscious thought. My first words were "no" and "horsey". While other girls were dating and going to movies, I was galloping around on my Appaloosa gelding without a saddle to improve my seat. Even as a 30 year old working mom, I'm constantly thinking of how it feels when I swing my leg over the saddle and feel the pulse of a 1200 lb animal beneath me. I imagine the hack I'll take later that day or sometimes, days. I'll imagine the roll of that perfect canter I'm seeking on my rescued OTTB. That moment of perfection when everything clicks and I'm beaming in the saddle and my boy is parading around the paddock. 

About two years ago, I was in a dressage lesson when a horrible wave of dizziness assaulted me. I made it on the ground before blacking out but it took two years to become diagnosed with Migraine Associative Vertigo.  Some days I would really struggle through my vertigo and just hope I stayed on. There's not much they can do about it, just help me to learn and avoid my triggers. Since I've found Kerrits full seat breeches, that amazing connection between my horse and I feels more comfortable and confident. And it shows. 

It shows in my posture, in his forward movement and his willingness to learn. Because I feel secure in my seat with that extra grip. That little bit of material can make a huge difference in both our worlds, whether I'm daydreaming or not.

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