Lexington, KY - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce a partnership with Hermès USA as Hermès becomes the sponsor of the U.S. Show Jumping Team.The Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team will first appear at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by G&C Farm at the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival on March 28. The Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team will also compete at additional Furusiyya FEI Nations Cups and the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.
U.S. team riders will be given the opportunity to wear a specially designed competition show jacket and accessories, including a saddle pad and ear net featuring a distinctive joint logo compliant with Fédération Equestre Internationale rules.
USEF President Chrystine Tauber said, "The USEF is delighted to welcome Hermès as a partner and supporter of our U.S. Show Jumping Team. The United States has a long history with Hermès and we are looking forward to adding a new chapter to our partnership."
Robert B. Chavez, President and CEO of 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."
World-renowned for the exceptional quality of its products thanks to a steadfast commitment to handcraftsmanship and use of only the finest materials, Hermès was established in 1837 as a saddle and harness maker with ateliers on the Faubourg St. Honoré in Paris. Hermès was first exhibited in New York during the French Exposition of 1924, with the first boutique opening in Manhattan in 1928.
Today Hermès perpetuates its passionate commitment to the equestrian world, providing a complete product range for the horse, rider and stable. Hermès is the sole presenter and organizer of Le Saut Hermès, a CSI 5* show jumping event held annually at the Grand Palais in the heart of Paris. This year's dates are March 13-15.
The company owns and operates 28 stores in the United States with Flagships on Madison Avenue in New York and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. All stores, including the internet, offer an extensive range of Hermès equestrian products including saddles, technical equipment and apparel.