Ambassador: SHAYNA MCILQUHAM
What does being a Kerrits Ambassador mean to you?
It means being a part of celebrating and promoting a quality brand that riders can depend on. They can depend on it to always be comfortable, useful, stylish, and affordable, which is hard to come by in the sport. Few pull the combination off well; Kerrits does it the best. It means that I can help show off and promote a brand that I use daily and believe in.
What are your passions as a rider and ambassador?
Training young horses Don't get me wrong. Nothing beats a simple ride on a schoolmaster. With that being said, teaching something new to a young horse and watching them understand it and grow is potentially one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever encountered. and young riders!I love having to find new and creative ways to teach the same lesson to a rider until you find what clicks in their mind. You begin to discover different ways of learning and that you can't have a blanket policy for every student. Seeing them grow and strengthen in this sport is quite unique. You watch them learn how to control a situation and learn a significant amount of useful life skills in the process.
What is your connection to Kerrits?
I had the same two pairs of breeches that I had for the last 14 years. It didn't matter how many times I found holes in them. I would repair it and keep wearing them. One of the pairs finally gave way and became "un-repairable", which was incredibly unfortunate given how frequently I ride. I knew I wanted a pair of full-seat breeches. I searched through brands that I grew up with, that I was familiar with, and nothing. Everything had dropped in quality, upped in price, and were either ill-fitting or unflattering. And then I found Kerrits. The breeches had good reviews, were in the price range, and a very pretty color. I bought them and after one ride I was sold. I bought three more pairs. Then, while at a horse show, I saw one of the Kerrits show coats. I bought it shortly after. I have never been disappointed with a single purchase from Kerrits. It's a brand I depend on!