Ambassador: ASHLEY WINGERT
What does being a Kerrits Ambassador mean to you?
Being a part of a community that values quality, customer service, integrity, supporting US-made products, and being able to share all of that with others.
What are your passions as a rider and ambassador?
I am an endurance rider, which means I am in the saddle for long hours and a lot of miles. I'm hard on my gear -- I can't afford to have gear that has to be handled with kid gloves in order to stay in one piece. It has to hold up to the Arizona desert, to a lot of saddle miles, to getting sweaty, soaked in water, covered in horse slobber (and mash), and still clean up and be presentable for the next event.
In my day job, I work as the head of marketing and head of customer service for an equine product manufacturing company. It is a small, family-owned company, and all of our products are designed, manufactured, and assembled here in the USA. Finding and supporting other companies that follow along those same lines matters to me.
I am also a blogger, and that allows me an ideal platform from which I am able to share my passions and experiences, good and bad, along the way.
What is your connection to Kerrits?
I was gifted my first pair of Kerrits tights -- a pair of Flow Rise Performance Tights. They quickly became one of my go-to pairs of tights, and I wore them until they were practically see-through in the rear and the thighs. That was in 2001, and I quickly obtained another pair of the same style, in a tan color suitable for the AZ desert.
I've been using Kerrits tights since that time, have logged thousands of combined competition and ride miles, have tried a wide variety of different brands available, and keep returning to Kerrits as one of my go-to options.
The release of the IceFil tights and shirts was nothing short of ground-breaking. They drastically changed my summer riding life, and several of the products (tank tops and sleeves) do cross-over duty for my trail running.