Emma Marlowe (USA) competes at CSI5*/CSI2* Monterrey (MEX) in her Belair vest with Outlast® technology by ALLSHOT. Photo by Anwar Esquivel
International U.S. show jumper Emma Marlowe has a most inspiring story. The hardworking young professional had success as a working student in California in the hunter and equitation divisions before taking up a job for Trelawny Farms in Bedford, NY and Wellington, FL, having little experience in the jumper ring.
In the span of two years, Marlowe jumped from the CSI2* to the CSI5* level and is now a member of the Major League Show Jumping Team "Trailblazers." She is also the newest Ambassador for ALLSHOT Americas, the North American distributor of the French brand ALLSHOT, recognized in the airbag industry for the innovation and quality of its products—in both equestrian and motorcycling sports.
"I've always been a big supporter of the idea of wearing an air vest," Marlowe said. "I love that the ALLSHOT Belair vest has a back protector built into it. Protecting your spine is of utmost importance, and it's huge to have that extra protection." The ALLSHOT airbag solution has quickly gained traction in North America, thanks to its longer, tailored fit—supporting more of the lower spine—and its enhanced safety features, including its built-in, removable back protector by D30®. D30® is used by the US army and in both the National Football League (NFL) and National Hockey League (NHL). This year, ALLSHOT is also set to release its new Outlast® technology, designed to reduce overheating in the saddle. Originally developed for NASA to protect astronauts against extreme temperature fluctuations in space, Outlast® technology is made of a unique material that can absorb, store and release excess heat. "I wore my vest in Florida, where it is still so hot, and it was actually very breathable," she said. "If anything, it was cooling." Marlowe sported her vest at the MLSJ legs in Monterrey (MEX) and will next head to Thermal, CA (USA), before returning to Florida for the start of the winter show season. She'll be partnered with top mount Cherokee, Trelawny Farm's 15-year-old KWPN gelding, and an exciting group of young prospects and sale horses. "Jumping in five-star [shows] against the best in the world is a dream come true," Marlowe said. "There's definitely been a learning curve, and there are a lot of ups and downs in this sport, but I'm finding my footing, and I've learned so much. I'm excited for what's next."
Photos by Anwar Esquivel.