We are so excited to announce that Hermès USA is now the official partner of the United States Equestrian Federation AND the Title Sponsor of the United States Show Jumping Team. That’s right, team USA will be using the best equipment and tricked out in the most luxurious and well-made riding duds money can buy.
Hermès might now be best known for their très cher silk scarves and handbags like the Birkin and the Kelly. But the storied French leather goods company got its start making the most sought-after bridles for carriages and saddles for equestrians in the 1850s. So while fashionistas might be paying more attention to where they are on the list for a Birkin, Hermès has never stopped paying attention to the equestrian-centric leather goods that built the brand. Now, of course, their offerings have expanded beyond bits, saddles and reins to include beautifully appointed equestrian gear for the rider.
Robert B. Chavez, President and C.E.O HERMÈS USA comments: “The Horse was our first client and Equestrian sport remains at the heart of the culture of the House today. Since HERMÈS was founded in 1837 as a saddlery, our ateliers have been dedicated to the making of the finest hand-crafted equestrian equipment. This new partnership with the USEF represents our continued commitment, ensuring that riders and horses alike have access to the very best available products to meet the demands of competition at the highest level.”
The announcement comes just as the the Saut Hermès begins Friday at the Grand Palais in Paris, an international jumping competition. If you can’t make it across the pond, competitive show jumping season is heating up right here, right now in Wellington where the team debuted their new sponsor, including specially designed saddle pads and ear nets, on Feb 28th. Want to see the poetry in motion? Check the competition schedule here.
Event photos by Frédéric Chehu for Hermes