Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Man up! Positional pointers for male riders from Andrew Stennett BEF Elite Coach & Derriere Equestrian Rider


Man up!

We asked British Equestrian Federation Elite recreational coach and consultant, Andrew Stennett, BHSM Cert Ed FE UKCC Level 4, to share some positional pointers for male riders

All riders must learn how to acquire the correct riding seat and position; for men, but this expertise may need to be a little more specific and less generalised than perhaps it is for ladies! The male horse rider will quickly learn to adjust his position and body weight in order to protect his more tender areas. Some side effects of incorrect, ‘protective’ posture could be a hunched back, causing the elbows to stick out and an incorrect line of rein contact; the rider’s head tipped down and sideways; legs too far forward, and heels raised, rather than ‘deep’.

What does a good riding position entail?

Let us start from a good seat position, whereby you are sitting deep into your saddle on your seat bones. Automatically, you will have an improved contact and feel with the horse, allowing you to sit up straighter, pushing your heels down and encouraging depth and length of leg with weight into the stirrups. The correct picture is already beginning to form, and from there we can move on to considering the imaginary line from bit, to hand, to elbow. Next, we must ensure straight shoulders, and the head sitting straight and looking forwards.

It is important to maintain fitness and work on inner core strength. Ideally you need to be fit for the activity you are doing, and as you become more proficient, there will be less aches and pains as your body acclimatises to the routines you are performing. Trials and tribulations are to be expected but will be a very rewarding and satisfying challenge to work through! There are on-horse exercises to help you improve, such as sitting trot, riding without stirrups and lunge lessons.

Strengthening your back is an important process for any horse rider, and simple work at home can help, such as pilates, ‘planking’ (search online for ‘planking for horse riders’, for tips), some gymnasium equipment and correct weight lifting. Conversely, do be very cautious of causing back problems with the wrong kind of work, or exercise. Even cutting out bad habits in your daily routines would be a good starting point, e.g. carrying heavy weights correctly and sitting in an office chair with god posture.

A common mistake for male riders is often starting out with incorrect clothing; it is not only uncomfortable but could also be dangerous. Riding in jeans for example is likely to cause chafing of the legs. Men, in particular, need to be aware of these problems and also consider some of the wonderful riding underwear provided by DerriereEquestrian, as well as the fabulous competition and training breeches!

Ironically, once they become established riders, men generally end up with a deeper seat than women, which may give them more ‘stickability’ in the saddle, and perhaps goes some way in explaining why there are so many more male riders at the top of all the equestrian disciplines.

Andrew Stennett is a registered instructor, NVQ/UKCC Assessor & Verifier. He is a Qualified Teacher of further Education specialising in Equestrian Learning and Development, and is a British Equestrian Federation Elite Recreational Coach. 


Andrew is a fan of Derriere Equestrian products, telling us they make a big difference to his riding. “Derrieres enabled me to get back riding in comfort after a break, and they are helping me compete at the same level as in my youth,” he says.


When a rider is comfortable in the saddle, even at a subconscious level, they will ride with a deeper, more effective seat. Carl Hester MBE Brand Ambassador for Derriere Equestrian products believe in the underwear to such a level, he is famously quoted in saying
 “Every Rider Should Be Wearing Them”



The more comfortable and higher performing the padding is, the greater energy savings and better posture for the horse rider. On the contrary, discomfort can cause the rider to move in the saddle while trying to readjust their posture, interrupting the harmony between the horse and rider.

The Derriere Equestrian Range was developed by Claire Galer Equine and Human Physiotherapist. After years of working closely with horses and riders from grass routes through to Olympic level competitors, it became clear to Claire the need for such garments to fill a gap in the market for riders for technically designed performance underwear for equestrian sport. When conducting symmetry assessment with riders and working through product testing, the results and effects on rider position, comfort and resultant performance were quite phenomenal. 

When a rider is seated in total comfort and with products that are not visible to others through their breeches, yet offer luxurious padded support, a rider will ride more effectively and with a closer union with their horse. 

No need to worry about uncomfortable seamlines, underwear moving where it shouldn’t, Derrieres support riders to perform at their best.



Tuesday, 20 March 2018

How thick is the padding in equestrian underwear?

How thick is the padding in equestrian underwear?

We are often asked about the depth and visibility of the padded underwear. The padded support system is made up of differing foam compression sets, these images highlight the differing density between the padded styles of the Boxer Shorty and the Performance Padded Panty.

At the thickest area of foam compression in the Boxer Shorty (Grey Pad) without compression, this measures 1cm. For the thickest area of the foam compression set in the Performance Padded Panty (Pink Pad) without compression, this measure 0.7cm.


These images highlight a cross section through the pad mid-line. The seatbone areas lateral to the mid-line section carry the higher density compression areas of 1cm and 0.7cm respectively. Thus ensuring the seatbones and tailbones are well supported in addition to the mid-line anatomy.


See for yourself why this underwear for riders is so essential for support and performance combined with the ability to be completely discrete and invisible to the eye through breeches.



Thursday, 15 March 2018

Product Review ~ Equestrian riding underwear, performance, symmetry and balance



 

Product Review ~ Equestrian riding underwear, performance, symmetry and balance




One of the most overlooked items in a rider's wardrobe is the least visible but can become the bane of one's life. Yes we are talking UNDERWEAR! We take a look at the Derriere Equestrian Performance Padded Panty to discover why riders find this product invaluable to their comfort, performance and their sanity!
 
We frequently put our horses’ needs before our own and provide them with high quality equipment to maximise their comfort. We spend more time getting our horses comfortable than ourselves! Endless saddle fittings and alterations, new saddles, new saddle cloth, bigger bit, thinner bit, fatter bit, gel pads, poll guards, boots, bandages, summer rug, under-rug, heavyweight rug, hood … the list just goes on.
 

DERRIERE EQUESTRIAN PERFORMANCE PADDED PANTY – International Brand Leading product
It clearly is time to address our own comfort whilst in the saddle. After all, it has been demonstrated and reported that appropriately selected underwear can in fact, affect a rider’s position and performance.
 



When a rider is comfortable in the saddle, even at a subconscious level, they will ride with a deeper, more effective, symmetrical seat.
 
The more comfortable and higher performing the padding is, the greater energy savings and better posture for the horse rider. On the contrary, discomfort can cause the rider to move in the saddle while trying to readjust their posture, interrupting the harmony between the horse and rider.
 
Carl Hester MBE Brand Ambassador for Derriere Equestrian products believes in the underwear to such a level, he is famously quoted as saying “Every Rider Should Be Wearing Them”
 
At an International workshop held at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, Dr Sue Dyson shared her clinical observations on the complexities of the diagnostic procedure when evaluating a possible role of the saddle and/or rider in cases that are presented for clinical evaluation of lameness, back pain or other performance problems. Dr Dyson’s studies showed a comparison of the saddle position and symmetry of riders may point to a primary problem in the way the horse has been ridden and trained. Furthermore, an intrinsically unbalanced or asymmetrical rider position may contribute to the development of equine back pain. Dr Dyson’s insights show that the horse is sometimes the source of problems that are manifest as asymmetries in the position of the rider, a highlighting point as to why all riders should select their undergarments carefully.


Ill-fitting underwear can cause great discomfort, including wedgies, rubbing, chafing, abrasions and last but not least cause the dreaded VPL (visible panty line).

So you may have been considering your new season equestrian wardrobe, new breeches, skins, competition clothing, riding boots, half chaps, even down to your socks! Let us ask you one question “When did you last look for decent underwear for riding?” Maybe, like many, you gave up long ago and resorted to finding your own alternatives ... such as boy's undies, cycle shorts, or, even going commando!
 


The dreaded VPL factor: Derrieres are the best for VPL minimisation This will depend on the fit of the underwear and the fabric of your jodhpurs. With the appropriate size fitting your Derrieres will be your perfect secret!

Derriere Equestrian launched in September 2014 and has since become renowned as the world leading equestrian underwear specialists. Available through 34 countries within over 250 retail shops. Derriere Equestrian offers high-tech, anatomically-designed, lasting underwear to protect and perform. Boasting invisible seams, wicking properties and high density foam resulting in perfection every time.

The DE Performance Padded Panty brief is the most popular choice for female riders, with the DE Bonded Padded Shorty following closely with the DE Performance Panty. For the male riders, the DE Bonded Padded Shorty is the lead choice.

The garments feel silky and soft to the touch, but most importantly, when on, they do not move. If you can make it through the day without thinking about something, then it's not bothering you, and that is the case with Derrieres.

 

 
The Jacquard Waistband trim is just over 1.5cm for females and 3cm for the male styles, so they not dig into the tummy, with a comfort support finish. The flat-stitched leg seams also do not dig and do not cause a VPL!
 

What are the benefits of riding with your Derrieres?

Scientifically designed for equestrian sport, to eradicate chafing, rubbing of seams and saddle sores.
          
The ultimate in riding support and comfort for female and male riders.  

Breathable fabrics and yarns, eradicating the adverse effects of materials that absorb perspiration causing chafing and irritation to the skin.     
 
Non-restrictive, supportive, light and extremely comfortable.

Stylish, designer brand.

Fabric removes perspiration, so you don’t feel the chill when you stop riding.    

 
Riding in Derriere Equestrian® underwear leads to a more effective, deeper seat and a more harmonious partnership between horse and rider. 
  
Scientifically designed Derriere Equestrian® Padded Support System.   
 
  
 
Derriere Equestrian undergarments are great for all sporting activities as well, as they feel like silk next to your skin, stay with your body when moving, and don't ride up.
 

 
An added bonus the unpadded range of Derrieres can be brought into service under evening-wear, they're sheer enough to not show under the slinkiest of outfits. Highly versatile and usable undergarment.
 

The development of a brand sense of pride in the product range has been paramount to the team at Derriere Equestrian. As a British Brand, supporting European and Tunisian industries, this has enabled DE to follow a code of ethics in production. Achieving the goal set out to provide; impeccable, high quality, effective products to the equestrian marketplace for all riding disciplines, coupled with excellent customer service and satisfaction.

Derriere Equestrian® ~ The Equestrian Underwear Experts. Innovative, scientifically designed, research and performance tested Equestrian Riding Underwear. The first in the world to have designed the Equestrian Padded Support System, ultimate comfort and support to create the perfect seat.

 

Market Leading Style For Riders



DERRIERE EQUESTRIAN PERFORMANCE PADDED PANTY – International Brand Leading product

Derrieres ~ Your Perfect Secret!






The dreaded VPL factor: Derrieres are the best for VPL minimisation This will depend on the fit of the underwear and the fabric of your jodhpurs. With the appropriate size fitting ..........

your Derrieres will be your perfect secret!



 

Derriere Equestrian® ~ The Equestrian Underwear Experts. Innovative, scientifically designed, research and performance tested Equestrian Riding Underwear. The first in the world to have designed the Equestrian Padded Support System, ultimate comfort and support to create the perfect seat.

Empowering Riders To Feel Confident, Comfortable, Healthy and Stylish In Their Sporting Underwear.
Ultimate Comfort for the Perfect Seat

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

February News From Team Derriere Equestrian ~ Spring Really Is On The Way!



 

Derriere Equestrian Roundup A Stylish & Busy Start To 2018


Already this year the Derriere Equestrian Brand Team has traveled the UK, The Netherlands and Germany meeting with our retailers. We have featured in the BETA International Fashion Show at the NEC in Birmingham, followed by the SPOGA Horse Fashion Walk in Cologne Germany. Our collaboration with the UK Brand Flying Changes for the SPOGA Horse performance became quite the talk of the exhibition at Koelnmesse! Meanwhile across the water in the USA our Derriere Equestrian Representative Kitty Garritty has been busy with AETA and looking after our American Retailers while we have been busy in Europe.

This weekend sees Derriere Equestrian in Finland with the outstanding Team Just Dressage at the Helsinki Horse Fair, in March we will be joining Epplejeck in The Netherlands for their "Ladies Night" and look forward to our visit to Tom Buettner Equestrian Retailers in Germany for their Midnight Shopping Event later in the year.

When at SPOGA Horse we were approached by Claire Buchannan of "Just Horsing About Blog" Claire was highly skeptical of the thought of, or even necessity of padded pants when she met our team at SPOGA Horse in Germany!

She is now a total convert & loves her Derriere Equestrian Performance Padded Panty. We love Claire’s honesty, style of blogging & her new love of Derriere Equestrian
      


A little extract from Claire's Blog:


I don’t know about you but I have pants in my drawer that are not for riding, far too painful as they move into the wrong places if you know what I mean! I have pants in a special section that have passed the “test” that I use for riding that don’t move too much in inappropriate ways, that are bearable even over cross country. Frankly, I had never really thought about technical pants specifically made for riding.

The challenges of underwear

Not to put too finer point on it my bum is important to me especially for riding. Having been doing a lot of work on myself with the lovely Clare Howard at The Balanced Rider, I am now straight, my muscles now fire in the correct sequence and my leg hinges are working in the appropriate way – big thanks to Giles Carradine of Huntercombe Horses, coach extraordinaire for his memorable explanation on this. I have truly understood that moving my weight is incredibly important and I need to do this subtly and carefully to ensure that my horse understands what I am asking for.  This is sometimes a challenge as I am often trying to make sure that my underwear isn’t in the wrong place, if you get my drift.

Talking with Claire Galer from Derriere Equestrian a month or so ago, she took me through how her equestrian pants were made. She pointed out where things were double locked and bonded and how important it is to have the right underwear. Well I have to say I got the quality thing but I couldn’t quite get my head around the padded pants. They are not exactly sexy, more like passion killers but then they are designed to do a job not to be strutted in front of your other half! I didn’t buy them straight away but had a think, was I really going to buy padded pants? Padded Pants? You can't be serious........Sheepishly I went and bought a pair just to try.

To read Claire's Full Blog and find out exactly how the testing went for her, follow this link: 
https://www.justhorsingabout.com/blog/item/35-equestrian-underwear 
 

Claire Buchannan's overview of Derriere Equestrian Underwear after testing:


So here is what I can tell you about these padded pants: 

1. They are so comfortable you forget you have them on
2. Fear not, no-one can tell you are wearing them
3. My dressage lesson was one of the best I have ever had
4. My seat was good, I was supported and I felt great
5. I hacked for 2 hours yesterday with normal riding “bearable” pants and noticed the difference
6. I will be buying at least 7 more pairs! White, Black and nude to make sure that I have a pair for every day of the week and a spare!
7. I don’t care if my husband laughs at my funny pants!
8. I think Mr Stretch despite his size (remember a horse can feel a fly) noticed the difference with them and without them

So, Claire from Derriere Equestrian, you were right. I am sold.
Yes, they may look a little strange when they aren’t on but when they are on, just wow! You have another fan.

Thank you Claire Buchananan for your independent and entertaining review of Derriere. We were delighted to hear how you love the products, we knew you would, everyone does!!

This week our team have been interviewed for a series of magazine articles for print press on riding underwear. Being recognized as the world leading equestrian underwear specialists, we are always more than happy to help in any research, be involved in tried and tested and ensure all riders are fully informed of the options available to them. 


Here are a few of the questions posed to our team:

Question: What sort of underwear should riders be wearing on horseback? 

DE Answer:

The style choice for riders is very individual and is dependent on preference and body shape, this is why at Derriere Equestrian we have 10 styles in our underwear range for the male and female rider. Starting with the non padded garments: The Derriere G, Seamless Shorty styles and Performance Panty styles. Looking at our padded products, our lead sellers in the range, we have design styles in the: Performance Padded Panty and the Bonded Padded Shorty styles. 

Traditionally we were advised to wear cotton underwear, this is a myth and has been proven through the development of technical fabrics for sport to be ineffective. Cotton should be avoided as an underwear / base layer. Cotton absorbs moisture and thus can in turn result in rubbing, chafing, abrasions and an unhealthy environment next to the skin.  This is why our fabrics are all sport tech, breathable, wicking fabrics with bacteriostatic properties and an all way stretch to move with the body. Heath is key to performance and at Derriere Equestrian all riders’ assets are protected on many levels.

Seamlines are also the highest level of importance, the Derriere Equestrian Range work with bonding technology and seamless weave technology, to produce garments with minimal seamlines to the highest performance quality.

Should a rider wear padded or unpadded underwear? This is a question we are often asked, in answer this will be down to the rider’s preference and their own requirements. However one fact that has become clearly evident through the growth of Derriere Equestrian is that all riders love their Derriere Padded Pants, even those who felt they did not require padding. Our lead selling product the Performance Padded Panty has a worldwide reputation for total comfort and performance with discretion. Once riding in these luxurious padded pants, riders won’t ride without them!

Question: Can underwear affect a rider’s position/performance; how?

DE Answer:

Without a doubt, yes. When a rider is comfortable in the saddle, even at a subconscious level, they will ride with a deeper, more effective seat. Carl Hester MBE Brand Ambassador for Derriere Equestrian products believe in the underwear to such a level, he is famously quoted in saying “Every Rider Should Be Wearing Them”

The more comfortable and higher performing the padding is, the greater energy savings and better posture for the horse rider. On the contrary, discomfort can cause the rider to move in the saddle while trying to readjust their posture, interrupting the harmony between the horse and rider.

The Derriere Equestrian Range was developed by Claire Galer Equine and Human Physiotherapist. After years of working closely with horses and riders from grass routes through to Olympic level competitors, it became clear to Claire the need for such garments to fill a gap in the market for riders for technically designed performance underwear for equestrian sport. When conducting symmetry assessment with riders and working through product testing, the results and effects on rider position, comfort and resultant performance were quite phenomenal. When a rider is seated in total comfort and with products that are not visible to others through their breeches, yet offer luxurious padded support, a rider will ride more effectively and with a closer union with their horse. No need to worry about uncomfortable seamlines, underwear moving where it shouldn’t, Derrieres support riders to perform at their best.
Question: Is there anything riders should avoid wearing while on horseback and why?

DE Answer:

Absolutely! 

Cotton is the fabric to avoid – Seek out technical sports fabrics that: wick, breath, have bacteriostatic properties and an all way stretch to move with the body.

Bulky, obtrusive, stitched seamlines should be avoided – they will result in rubbing chafing, abrasions and sores.

Poor quality “invisible” undies – bonding can come away and these undergarments will not stand the test of time.

Underwear with stitched seams in the gusset, a big no no for seated sports! Seek garments with no seam in the gusset or supported, quality, bonded seams in the gusset for riding.

Some riders like to ride with a thong, in this instance opt for the technical designed Derriere G to ensure no thong sores for those that favour this style.

Padded cycle shorts – These are designed for riding a bike, not sitting in a saddle4. They do provide some relief for those seeking padding. However they are obtrusive, bulky, uncomfortable and can be seen through riding breeches. The Derriere Equestrian Padded Support System provides all the support you need, without the discomfort experienced with bulky cycle shorts in the saddle.
Question: Are you involved in any scientific research related to equestrian underwear currently? 

DE Answer:

The development of the Derriere Equestrian range involved extensive research, scientific studies, performance testing, efficacy testing and continues to do so as the range sees expansion.

The Team of experts that’s makes up the design team at Derriere Equestrian are:
Claire Galer – Designer & Founder
Julie Micault – Production Design Leader
Ludovic Mouret – Production Director
Marino De Marchi – Technical DEPSS Design Director
Stefano Coccia – Technical DEPSS Design Director
Giovanna Dal Vera – Deign Tech Team DEPSS
Dr Antonio Paoli – EIT’s Scientific Consultant

Our experts are from Italy, France, UK & Tunisia.

Having the backing of such a fantastic team has ensured we have been able to research, design and develop a product range that conforms to the horse rider’s saddle and anatomy while seated. The Derriere Equestrian Padded Support System (DEPSS) has been thoroughly performance tested and is produced with the highest quality tech fabrics, where bacteriostatic properties have been a key element for us.

Our Italian padding manufacturers are regarded as the worldwide leader in designing and developing insert pads for cycling shorts, now they are also the world leader for their work with Derriere Equestrian, in insert pads for riding underwear!

The team created its technology in response to problems reported from cyclists affecting the gluteal, perineal and genital-urinary area (GPGU). These problems manifested as genital numbness and other dysfunctions due to compression of the pubic nerve. Some incidence have been reported in horse riders, however the main criteria for the rider, being that of supporting the pubic bony prominences and pressure points. The anatomically designed Derriere Equestrian underwear presents with a snug fit, resulting in complete non-movement, keeping the underwear in place, whilst the high tech wicking materials keep you cool.

Dr Paoli MD of the department of Anatomy and Physiology, from the University of Padova is our design team’s biomechanical consultant. He has carried out extensive perineal pressure testing in various sporting situations and has been able to demonstrate reduced compression in the GPGU zone and maintenance of blood flow to the perineal tissues when using the pads. Further studies have been carried out to ascertain measurement differences of bony anatomical landmarks between differing body sizes, this work has helped us to develop a padded support system that works for all sizes of the human race.

The Italian manufacturing design team at our suppliers have used all their experience and expertise in collaboration with Claire Galer of Derriere Equestrian to develop the specific padded support systems for the equestrian rider.

Specifications, Science, Technology and Design Criteria of the Derriere Equestrian Padded Support System:

The finished garments are elastic to allow the full range of movement of the rider.

DEPSS incorporates different densities to provide the correct support according to different compression levels at key points in the saddle, identified by mechanical pressure testing studies.

The garments are multi-anatomical, they conform to the saddle, and this ensures multidiscipline application.
Derrieres have a specific design that maximises the fit of the rider to the equestrian saddle.

The garments provide support, comfort and use fabrics that are bacteriostatic; fabric that will stop bacteria from reproducing, while not necessarily harming them otherwise. This is in contrast to bactericides, which kill bacteria.

Designs incorporate: EIT X-TRACT, an air base layer for maximum ventilation, and high-density foam layers.
All products undergo performance testing, and further ongoing research trials are mapped out and undertaken by Derriere Equestrian.

The result of the product range is a specially developed breathable, micro-fibre fabric that features the patented all-way stretch of the Italian technology.

The DEPSS ensures special high density foam inserts are placed at key pressure points in the perineal and ischial zones to provide maximum comfort and performance, while the outside edge of the pad has extra soft fabric in the external zone to eliminate any chafing.

DERRIERE EQUESTRIAN – THE EQUESTRIAN UNDERWEAR EXPERTS

First in the world to develop researched, performance tested supportive underwear for the horse rider. 100% effective, scientifically designed, performance wear.

Launched in September 2014 the Award Winning Brand Derriere Equestrian has received worldwide success with their Underwear Briefs, Bras and Breeches Range. 2018 sees further expansion of their collection. Brand now stocked through over 300 Equestrian Retail Stores through 35 countries worldwide.

About A Boy


Brand leading product:

Derriere Equestrian Bonded Padded Shorty Male




About A Girl


Brand leading products:  

Derriere Equestrian Performance Padded Panty & DE Sportief Bra Combo Set.

Receive 5% off your order at checkout when buying the DE Sportief & Brief Combo Set.



Empowering Riders To Feel Confident, Comfortable, Healthy and Stylish In Their Sporting Underwear. Ultimate Comfort for the Perfect Seat

            

Derriere Equestrian ~ The Equestrian Underwear Experts