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Union City, Calif. August 22, 2013-Ariat International, the leader in innovative Western and English footwear, apparel and accessories, has recently signed show jumping legends, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Markus Beerbaum.

Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum is the first woman to be ranked number one worldwide for the sport of show jumping. Meredith has been riding horses since the age of seven; her countless equestrian achievements include: three-time World Cup Finale winner, World Champion, European Champion, German Champion, Winner of the Preis von Europa CHIO Aachen 2011 and three-time Rider of the Year. Additionally, Meredith represented Germany in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games where she placed fourth in the individual round. Currently, she is training for next year’s World Equestrian Games in France and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Markus has been a competitive, international show jumper since 1990. Markus’ achievements include being an alternate for the German show jumping team for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Markus was champion at the 2007 World Cup finale in Las Vegas and placed in the top four in several World Cup competitions including: Amsterdam, Wellington (three times), London and Berlin. Other achievements include winning team gold at the World Championships and team gold at the European Championships as well as the bronze medal at the German Championships. Currently, Markus competes regularly and is a successful trainer and horse dealer.

“Having two show jumping icons like Meredith and Markus join the Ariat team is a real honor,” said Susan Alcala, vice president of partnership marketing at Ariat. “Meredith and Markus are extremely accomplished riders that bring extraordinary grace and true athleticism to the sport of international show jumping.”

“Ariat boots fit exceptionally well; their cutting-edge technology and unmatched comfort help bring me to my peak performance whether I’m practicing, or competing at the highest level,” commented Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum.

Meredith and Markus reside in Thedinghausen, Germany with their three year old daughter, Brianne.

About Ariat International, Inc.
Ariat International, Inc. is the leading manufacturer of innovative performance equestrian footwear, apparel and accessories. Featuring a patented technology designed to deliver stability, durability and comfort, Ariat pioneered the application of advanced athletic shoe technology into English riding boots and authentic Western boots. Ariat products are sold in a network of retail outlets throughout the world. For more information about Ariat products or for the Ariat retailer nearest you, contact Ariat at 800.899.8141 or visit www.ariat.com.