Ambassador: MALLORY YOUNG
What does being a Kerrits Ambassador mean to you?
To me being a Kerrits Ambassador means representing yourself in a professional and dignified manner when riding or working with horses. When I wear Kerrits Ice Fil Tech Tights I feel like my students take me more seriously and I ride with more confidence because I look sharp. It's like the saying, "Dress well, test well," when I am dressed in Kerrits clothing, I ride better. They are also so comfortable that I have a better range of motion while jumping but I still have a good grip on the saddle. Being a Kerrits Ambassador also means letting other people know how amazing Kerrits products are. I've gotten many compliments on my Kerrits breeches at the barn I work/ride at and at shows, and I am always telling people how comfortable they are. I love to ride in them because they let me move in a natural way on the horse with no pinching or bunching. Not only are they amazing to ride in, but they also have style. They look professional with a flare for fun. In the summer the Flow Rise Riding Tights are my go to breeches because they are so light weight they keep me cool in the summer heat and the colors that I have look good with anything I pair them with.
I would love to represent and associate myself with the Kerrits brand because I want to continue to grow as a rider which means a lot of time in the saddle, and the quality of Kerrits breeches and other products will allow me too. As a trainer, instructor, and competitor I trust this brand to allow me to do my best in and out of the saddle. Potentially being a Kerrits ambassador makes me so ecstatic to be able to continue telling everyone I meet about how your products are comfortable, stylish, and are made with amazing quality.
What are your passions as a rider and ambassador?
I am passionate about anything and everything horses. My passion goes beyond just myself, it goes to helping other people better their riding and increase their knowledge about the management of horses. I love being able to share my passion with my lesson students. When a student learns a new skill or improves on a skill they already know I'm not sure who is more excited, me or the student. One of my students recently joined Pony Club, and although I am not a member, I was there for her every step of the way. At her very first Pony Club rating I felt like a proud instructor, even though I didn't have to be there. She had achieved a goal that we had been working towards for weeks.
When I am teaching summer camps, I am always amazed at how much people can learn in a span of four days. From the first day of them not ever have ridden a horse to the last day showing their parents they can trot on their own, is such an amazing feeling for an instructor like me. Many of the kids at camp often ask to start lessons after camp because they've enjoyed it so much.
As I said earlier, I am passionate about anything and everything horses. I recently started a new job as a groom for the Des Moines Polo Team, which I have had a blast learning about. I knew nothing about Polo before I started working there, but am constantly asking questions about the sport because I find it fascinating. To be able to learn about a different sport in the world of horses is an incredible opportunity for someone like me who is always willing to learn.
I see myself as an ambassador for the equine lifestyle because I educate and empower people to learn about horses and riding through being an instructor, a competitor, and a student in Animal Sciences.
What is your connection to Kerrits?
I have always loved Kerrits' products but never bought anything until I got a job at Stage Coach Stables after my sophomore year of college and finally bought a pair of Kerrits Flow Rise Performance Tights. From that moment on, I was obsessed with the brand, and the Flow Rise Tights. Then last spring when Kerrits came out with the Ice Fil Tech Tights I knew I had to have them, but was a college student with a very low budget. I saved up the money to buy a pair and was instantly in love. I really liked the feel of them, how they were lighter weight like tights, but still thicker so I didn't feel like I was hardly wearing any pants at all. As a college student it is important for me to spend my money on quality, I need to maximize the value for the dollar. After I bought my first few pairs of Kerrits breeches I knew that they were the best quality breeches.
I have worn other brands but none of them compare to Kerrits as they are so much more comfortable and classy. than any of my other breeches. During a lesson my trainer asked me if I was wearing the new Kerrits Ice Fil Tights as she had been wanting to try them and I said "Yes, you need to get a pair!"