Ambassador: RUBY TEVIS
What does being a Kerrits Ambassador mean to you?
Being a Kerrits Ambassador means that I would have to chance to be a positive role model to young riders. Kerrits offers stylish, fashion forward equestrian gear at an affordable price for riders like me, who are on a budget, but still want to dress to impress! By being a Kerrits Ambassador, I would be honored to inspire young riders to never give up on their dreams. Riding with a financial restriction is not easy, but I have had the chance to work alongside FEI Gold Medalists in exchange for riding and further knowledge of my discipline. In addition to my hard work, I have also applied to and been awarded multiple scholarships and grants, made possible through my extensive volunteer work for the associations who fund and organize sanctioned shows. These scholarships and grants have helped to relieve the cost of training and showing. This kind of hard work and dedication is, I believe, what Kerrits looks for in a brand ambassador, as their products should be represented by somebody who will make a positive impact in the lives of aspiring young riders.
What are your passions as a rider and ambassador?
It is one thing to want something, but it is another thing to go out there and work for it. My mother lost her job as a teacher, and has since worked to build her own landscaping business. She was able to pull through, even in the hardest times. As a single mother, it is a burden to not only support the cost of living, but also the cost of my passion for dressage. At times, she set out everything she had to cover the cost of a lesson, new tall boots, or show fees. She even worked to clean the barn in order to cover the cost of a partial lease on a horse. My mother was doing too much for me, so I set out to work for my love of dressage. I volunteered at horse shows weekend after weekend, in order to increase my odds of winning year-end grants, specifically set aside to cover the cost of dressage lessons for young riders. Additionally, by being a working student, I have relieved the cost of showing, while being given the opportunity to learn and train alongside accomplished riders. For the off season, I was recruited as an equitation rider for a hunt seat team through the Interscholastic Equestrian Association. I was thrilled to hear that I could learn alongside new friends, and from a highly regarded trainer from another discipline. However, I knew it would be difficult to take on another financial burden. One thing was certain, I wouldn't give up. I applied for an IEA scholarship, which has given me the chance to ride and compete alongside my friends completely free of charge. I know it is not easy when you are riding on a budget, but I am proof that it can be done. I am not at the top yet, but I know one day I will be. And when I look back on my journey, I want to see Kerrits with me each step of the way, from here on out. Should I become part of your team, Kerrits will be seen as much more than the stylish and affordable brand of riding apparel that it is, but the hope for young riders with a little bit of money but a lot of big dreams.
What is your connection to Kerrits?
Kerrits has become a part of my every day riding wardrobe. Not long ago, I was convinced that in order to look like a real rider, I would have to go out and spend hundreds of dollars on fancy shirts and breeches. I didn't have that kind of money. I had enough to buy myself a few pairs of cotton schoolers and anything decent from the consignment shop rack. When I was first introduced to Kerrits, I had been begging for a pair of full seat breeches. My wonderful friend from the barn offered me a few of her used pairs. Each one of these breeches were Kerrits. I was instantly in love with their comfortable fit and fashionable style, but I was shocked to find out that they hadn't cost hundreds of dollars! Since then, I have been a Kerrits customer for life. On any given day at the barn, I can be found wearing some sort of Kerrits product- and sometimes, I think I've out-dressed those in even the most expensive of outfits. When I found out about how Kerrits all got started, I saw myself in the story. Kerri Kent worked from nothing more than a $50 investment, and has worked for her brand to reach the top. This kind of success story is one I am inspired by. Anything is possible if you work hard and just keep believing.