Owns Horse(s)? Yes
What does being a Kerrits Ambassador mean to you? For me, being able to look so put together in Kerrits collections gives me a feeling of being a polished professional. In my (former) professional life, I spent more than 20 years advocating for women within the field of Rape/Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. Now that my disability forced me to no longer work, being a member of the Kerrits team allows me to continue to be a part of empowering women!
What are your passions as a rider and ambassador? As a Para-Dressage rider, when I attend local shows or clinics, often I am the first para rider other riders and show staff have encountered. This gives me a great opportunity to educate others on Para Equestrian Sports. Most people do not realize that we are governed by the FEI, and have had wonderful success in the Olympic Games, World Games, and at National levels.
Although I am a Para-Rider, I spend 5-6 days a week in the barn, training and riding my American Quarter Horse, Sapphire Jewel. We have just become partners in May of this year, and Jewel is the first horse I have owned. We are looking forward to the 2015 show season and riding in recognized and CPEDI shows before the seasons end. I know with my Kerrits white show breeches and tops, show clothes are not an issue I need to stress over. I know I can always rely on my Kerrits to get me through anything the day throws my way!
What is your connection to Kerrits? As a petite rider, I had problems finding breeches that fit and were comfortable. After an hour trying on numerous brands, I grabbed a pair of Kerrits. It was like slipping into a breech that was custom made just for me! Add to that the fact that buttons, hooks and zippers make my life frustrating, I was thrilled to find so many pull on style options.
Once I found the product that worked for me, and I read the story of how Kerrits came to be, I was more committed to the brand than ever! As I said, empowering women and valuing and respecting our ideas and concepts is of great value to me and what my life stands for.