Owns Horse(s)? Yes
What does being a Kerrits Ambassador mean to you? Being a Kerrits Ambassador means that I am the face in the community for a brand built on trust, integrity, and empowerment. It means that I have an opportunity and a responsibility to talk to people inside our sport, and those who are curious, and expose them to a brand upon which they can trust and depend. Riding is expensive, there is no doubt about it, so if someone is new to riding, its important to help them find clothing and accessories that are made to last, so they aren't constantly replacing them. Sharing the Kerrits brand with new and seasoned riders means that I can show them specific things that will help them feel confident, or improve their performance (thank you Sit Tight jods!). I take my Ambassadorship with a great deal of responsibility and have encouraged other riders to apply to the program as well as try the brand!
What are your passions as a rider and ambassador? As a rider I'm passionate about my connection with my horse. Its a very special bond. I was a traditional hunter/jumper rider for a long time. I loved horses but I never really connected with one. I fell in love with a flashy Tennessee Walking Horse at our barn and I was sold. His personality on the ground and the way he puffed his chest out with pride at our shows made me want to spend all my time with him. I've learned that he, and other horses, are very sensitive and can feel things through my reins, things like emotions. So I strive to be a more conscious rider and develop that bond. As a pair we've pushed our boundaries this way, first going through an obstacle course at a show, then taking a swim in a pond, and finally a sticky situation on a trail. Each time we made it through with very little worry because we knew how to listen and trust each other.
In a broader light I'm very passionate about adaptive sports, especially adaptive riding. Although we have many therapeutic riding programs, we do not have many riding programs that are truly adaptive, meaning that a rider can independently (or with some assistance) tack a horse and ride alongside able-bodied riders. Our sport is one in which four legged animals loan us their legs, so it always perplexed me that we as a community don't make adaptive riding, such as paradressage, more accessible. I hope that I can bridge the gap between the two worlds and get individuals of all abilities involved in a sport that can transform their world and their minds!
What is your connection to Kerrits? I was first exposed to Kerrits when I started riding Saddleseat. It was a new discipline for me and I was learning all about the right tack and clothes. I couldn't stomach the Kentucky jods most Saddleseat riders wear so I decided to fudge it and wear some black pants from a women's fashion retailer. I have never slipped in the saddle so much. After that I knew I had to find something better. I found Kerrits bootcut microcords and was in love. Not only did they looks great I felt great in them. I'm a curvy girl and most tight fitting pants are not flattering on us, but Kerrits hug me in all the right places and make me look and feel streamline and confident, and that goes a LONG WAY in the show ring. I've enjoyed being an Ambassador for the past several years and believe if everyone would try Kerrits once they would be sold!