California Riding Magazine • August, 2012

Irish Hunter T-shirt Company
Chic tees celebrate 100 years
of horses in the Olympics.

Horses have been a part of the Olympics for 100 years because of equestrianism and its passionate and somewhat mystical horse human connection, which really is a lifestyle. One of the main identifiers of a lifestyle is clothing and now there's a new women's equestrian inspired clothing line called Irish Hunter T-shirt Co. to fill the need for chic, flattering and high-end casual shirts for the fashion minded equestrienne.

Irish Hunter is an Orange County-based online retailer that officially opened in April of this year. There is a modest first offering of stylish graphic tees, two of which are perfectly geared towards the dressage and show jumping enthusiast who wants to show off their Olympic spirit.

The pink "Classical Rider" was inspired by the beauty of the Spanish Riding School while the royal blue "UK Show Jumper" was inspired by the roots of the sport.

Irish Hunter was the inspiration of California native Kate Harvey, who has a lifelong love of horses but had to give up riding for more than 10 years to focus on her career in the corporate world. Kate had a long-time desire to be an entrepreneur. In November 2011 she seized the opportunity to combine her career with her equestrian passion. Irish Hunter also aims to do some good. One dollar from the sale of each shirt will be donated to the Compton Jr. Posse in Compton.

Irish Hunter-clad fans have a lot to look forward to during these Olympics. Team USA's gold prospects are shaping up to be quite exciting because we have such names as Steffen Peters competing in dressage and Rich Fellers competing in show jumping, both of whom are familiar faces on the West Coast and have been on fire in national and international competitions going into the Games.

On a lighter note there's even been recent media interest and fun-filled jokes like talk show host Stephen Colbert describing dressage as his "number one sport." This was in a segment aired in June and focused on presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's wife Ann's involvement in dressage, as an owner of Jan Ebeling's Olympic partner Rafalca. USEF dressage leaders and fans quickly exploiting the mass media attention by distributing "fan fingers" at the Festival of Champions, enabling spectators to echo Colbert's comment about it being their number-one sport.

For more information about Irish Hunter clothing, visit www.ihequestrianapparel.com or call Kate Harvey at 949-290-6306.