Ambassador: KAITLYN GOODSPEED
What does being a Kerrits Ambassador mean to you?
As a young rider, it means a lot to me to be a part of a community. Kerrits, as large and popular as the company is, seems to have a strong community feel to it. It's clear that they have a deep love for horses and riders, and I can't think of a company I'd rather be associated with.
What are your passions as a rider and ambassador?
For the last 3 years I've been a student at the University of Maine, and as of this year I am the president of the UMaine Standardbred Drill Team. We take off-track standardbred mares that are donated to or adopted by the university, and work towards making them into awesome little riding horses. The drill team is a way to showcase the students' efforts with our "UMares" throughout the year by choreographing a four or six horse drill to music. In being a part of this, I've fallen in love with the breed. They're quirky and full of personality, but they have a heart of gold. After graduation I would like to pursue a career that revolves around horses in one way or another. I would like to continue to pursue a career in dressage, and I would love to join the effort to introduce more "unconventional" breeds to the sport of dressage (like standardbreds!)
What is your connection to Kerrits?
Kerrits was my very first pair of breeches when I started riding at 6 years old. I remember they were a little purple pair, because purple was (and still is) my favorite color. I felt so official at age 6 with my first pair of breeches, so Kerrits brand holds a special place in my heart. To this day, Kerrits is one of my most favorite brands to ride in.