Eighteen-year-old dressage rider Ayden Uhlir has become the first equestrian athlete to be signed by sportwear powerhouse Nike. The crazy part is, all she had to do was ask.
Uhlir won two Gold Medals at the 2013 Adequan North American Junior and Young Rider Championship aboard Sjapoer. Then she did what all aspiring young professionals rarely do. She pitched equestrian and non-equestrian companies for sponsorship.
Now Uhlir has a sports agent (Shade Global), a three-year deal with Nike, and gets a bonus for every major victory. Uhlir wins!
You can read the full story on Nike’s favorite rider at Chronicle of the Horse. We’re going to focus on the important stuff. Her Twitter account.
Not only does Uhlir have an enviable sponsor, she has excellent taste in boot socks.
She’s concerned about public safety.
It’s called a bike lane, not your own personal turn lane, you entitled idiot
— Ayden Uhlir (@aydenuhlir) December 4, 2013
And is just generally full of profound wisdom.
I don’t trust people who don’t eat bread #isthatweird
— Ayden Uhlir (@aydenuhlir) August 3, 2013
Also, she’s funny!
Who came up with hugs? The very first hug must have been very creepy. “What are you doing? Why are you holding me?” “Shhhh, just trust me.” — Ayden Uhlir (@aydenuhlir) August 31, 2012
— Ayden Uhlir (@aydenuhlir) August 28, 2012
AND she rides well.
The question here isn’t why did Nike choose her. It’s why did it take so long?
Carley Sparks covers show jumping and related ridiculousness at getmyfix.org.