Ambassador: BRENNAN KAPPES
What does being a Kerrits Ambassador mean to you?
Being an ambassador to a business like Kerrits means supporting a company that supports the sport I live for. It means helping a business that helps to keep my sport alive. Without businesses like Kerrits that have dedicated themselves to equestrians, our sport would be very different. I would much rather help promote Kerrits than a company like UnderArmour since I know Kerrits is specifically helping equestrian athletes and making sure competitors who are as dedicated as I am, have a place that they can trust for equestrian apparel. I would absolutely love to help a cause like Kerrits. I'm also a male rider so I'm a unique competitor and I guarantee that helps in advertising and promotion. You also helped me out by sending me a complimentary Kerrits hat after I wore my old one until it had no use left! So I do owe Kerrits for that favor I feel. But mostly, it would be an honor to support Kerrits, which has dedicated itself to my sport and its competitors.products.
What are your passions as a rider and ambassador?
As a rider, my main goal is to make it to the Olympics in 3 Day Eventing. I'm dedicated to that goal and have been ever since I got my first pony when I was just over a year old. I'm getting qualified to go to Young Riders next year at the 2 star level and am currently riding at the preliminary level on 2 horses, one of which I picked up this winter in California at the 3 star level from David Accord. I owe all of my success to my parents, who own Treasure State Equestrian Center, a boarding facility south of Missoula that focuses on eventing and dressage. I was going to try for the 1 star at Young Riders before I turned 18, but sadly, I was set back with a broken lower back in January 2015. I didn't let it stop me though, and I'm more ready than ever to make it to Young Riders! I also train lots of greener horses and have really learned that the bond between horse and rider is the most important part of success. You can't expect your horse to perform at its best if you don't become a great leader and most importantly, a friend and team mate. As an ambassador for Kerrits, like I said, I would love to support a business that supports the sport I've been at since before I could remember. I would also love to get more recognition by brands and individuals as I work my way up to the top. I'd love to represent Kerrits as a competitor since Kerrits has dedicated itself to my sport. I also work at my parent's boarding facility, so when people are considering what to purchase to succeed in their riding, I believe that I have a fairly big say since people look up to me as an athlete. I'm super passionate about eventing in general and that would definitely carry into my representation of Kerrits!
What is your connection to Kerrits?
My father has competed in every single Event at Rebecca Farms and I have gone to support him every time. My mother had competed in most of them as well. I've grown up in the sport and can remember opening up the competitor bags of my parents when I was younger and having Christmas in July! There have been Kerrits hats and Kerrits Ice Fil sleeves and that's definitely where I first learned about the brand. I probably have every color of Kerrits Ice Fil sleeves ever produced. I have like 10 pairs of white ones and the black ones and purple and even orange! They have all been collected from Rebecca Farms competitor bags as well! I also have tons of hats from Rebecca Farms! In fact, I got one of the orange ones last year and literally wore it every day. I wore it in California and people actually recognized me from that hat in Washington and Montana from California! I was sort of a orange billboard! However, that hat started to get worn and I stocked it twice and used electrical tape on the back. It was really sad because people knew me for that hat so I contacted Kerrits and you sent me another brand new one! I rode my first Preliminary event at Rebecca Farms when I was 15 and got a brand new vest and air vest at the actual show. However, when we were shopping, I wanted to go into Kerrits since I had the brand in my head from the sleeves and hats. When I went in their, I bought a white, long sleeve Icefil shirt. It is my favorite piece of riding gear! All of my Ride On videos have me wearing it except my California ride since I forgot it back in Montana. I was really sad by the way. I love that shirt for cross country and because of that, my parents bought one and my grandfather, who rode novice that year and I think my grandma also did. It's definitely my favorite riding shirt and I always compete in it. That was definitely the product that made me really like Kerrits apparel. I also love that you give out carrots in buckets at the show and even in garbage bags! My horses love Kerrits too!