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Ambassadors


Nikki Swanson
Eugene, Oregon United States
Eventing, Trail

Owns Horse(s)? Yes

What does being a Kerrits Ambassador mean to you? I would love nothing more than to be an ambassador for the Kerrits brand. Being a Kerrits ambassador means representing a brand that I already know I love. It is so easy (and fun) to tell everyone who asks about my Kerrits gear (and even some who don't) about your lovely products. I love telling people about the products I like. My Kerrits products flow seamlessly into all of my adventures from the eventing field, to my trail rides, to the mall, and to the office. I love your full seat breeches in the ring and on the trail. They are comfortable and help me to stay up on top when my little horse named Pogo Moki does his signature pogo stick crow hop any time he is proud of himself and feels the need to celebrate some grand accomplishment (like clearing the coop, or the ditch, or the triple bar or..... anything for the first time). I ran track for the University of Oregon and competed in triathlons and love "fancy fabrics" that perform well athletically and look flattering. You have so many adorable styles that perform well in and out of the saddle. I wear them hiking and biking and to the gym. Non equestrians are often very curious about the "Kerrits" on my clothes. Of course I proceed to tell them all about your brand. Lol. I also love your outerwear. I could go on and on, but I suppose you will eventually get tired of reading about how much I love your brand, so I'll move on to the next question. smile

What are your passions as a rider and ambassador? My passion is adventure. I love exploring new places and trying new things, especially when that involves my horse. I am also passionate about rooting for the underdog. Having come from such humble beginnings, I understand the hard work and perseverance it takes to reach a goal. My horse Moki is a six year old 14.3 hand Appaloosa cross rescued from a kill pen. It is debatable who rescued who as he kept me forward thinking through my trials with breast cancer. Together we are embarking on a grand adventure. He loves to jump as much as I do. It's all great as long as I do not point him at anything I DON'T want to go over. We love exploring the trails, especially with my husband and his mountain bike.  I am also passionate about helping others, especially children. If I won the lottery, I would start a riding school for youth that have trouble in their lives. I think horses are great teachers and I would love to help others who start from humble beginnings get a leg up.  Kerrits embodies many of these same things; humble beginnings, gear suitable for adventures, price tags that make your products avaliable to the masses, apparel that lasts and looks flattering and makes me feel like I belong among those with more resources than I.  Maybe that's why I am drawn to your brand?  I like a brand with a story and I can relate to yours well.

What is your connection to Kerrits? When I was 7 years old, I saw the movie National Velvet and knew that someday I too would gallop around open country fields and jump over things. As I got older the dream became more defined as I discovered the sport of eventing. Unfortunately, my family could not afford to help me advance my dreams. We could not afford a horse. So I found other people who had horses. I cleaned their stalls and they let me ride the ponies too feisty for their own children. Jumping was still a far away dream since no one rode English and I could not afford my own saddle. So, bareback it was. On my honeymoon I finally reached my dream of owning my own horse (I have an amazing husband). We went to watch the Inavale Horse Trials and I told him that someday I would compete with my own horse at Inavale.  It was there that I first discovered the Kerrits brand and purchased my first "brand name" breeches. I have been a fan ever since. Some dreams take longer than others. Breast cancer delayed my debut, but it could only delay it. Last year I accomplished that dream stated out loud twenty years ago and competed at Inavale and of course I competed in the Kerrits brand.  It was even better than I had imagined. At the end of the event I realized this is my sport and these are my people. This year my little horse and I will compete novice. And, of course we will be wearing our lucky charm Kerrits breeches.

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