Saturday, 17 February 2018

Baby, it's cold outside

Baby, it's cold outside

While temperatures at this very early part of the year average at 5.9°C - 8.3°C, the early mornings, when many of us tend to our horses and ponies, are pretty chilly! Although when the sun does peek out on milder days, we quickly warm up, as we're busy riding our horses or carrying out stable chores. As we know, layering our horse riding clothing can help keep us warm, dry and comfortable through varying weather temperatures and conditions, allowing us to add or remove layers, depending on how we feel and the conditions we’re riding in.

Here at Derriere Equestrian, as horsey fanatics, we know that the base layer is probably the most important clothing layer, at this time of year! Take our gorgeous DE Zip Skin garment... It doesn't just look good - this piece of technically-advanced riding apparel is moisture wicking, and is made from an all-way stretch fabric that keeps you cool in the hot weather, and warm in the cold, ensuring thermoregulation is maintained during horse riding or other exercise. Fairly priced for its superior climate control benefits, the Zip Skin even provides UV protection.

So, what are the benefits of moisture wicking garments? We have used a high-tech sporting fabric in our 'skin' tops, consisting of 80% Polyamide and 20% Elasthane.

The predominance of Polyamide makes the Zip Skins and their sister product, the round-necked Pocket Skin, extremely tear-proof, sweat-resistant and abrasion-resistant. Importantly, the garments let the skin breathe, preventing discomfort caused by overheating when you ride. The wicking fabric draws sweat away from the body to the surface of the garment where it evaporates, to keep you dry in the saddle. The carefully-balanced mix of Polyamide and Elasthane means the Elasthane fibres offer elasticity and stretch, for a comfortable, form-fitting garment that moves with you - there's nothing worse than a restrictive clothing layer, if you're show jumping, for example! Polyamide-based technical tops are also easy to wash, don't need ironing, and dry quickly on a radiator - perfect for the winter months, when we are often washing our horse riding clothes more frequently!

Layers 2 and 3

So, once you have your slim-line, moisture-wicking, insulating horse riding top, where do you go next? Essentially, you're looking to create thermal insulation, which involves conduction (exchange of heat through contact with your skin), convection (via the movement of air between the layers), and radiation (creating warmth beneath the garments).

So next, you need your mid-layer riding top - this is used to trap the air between the bottom two layers. Depending on the weather, this can be something like a fleece or a softshell riding jacket. Don't be tempted to just choose a thick layer in the cold weather - more slim-line layers are more beneficial, and offer mobility and comfort.

Your top layer will be your outer coat - this is a protective layer creating a barrier from the wind and rain. If this isn't hi-viz, you may even add a fourth layer, like a reflective waistcoat or tabard, for visibility in winter - another reason not to choose thick layers, as you still need your mobility to comfortably ride your horse or pony!

In the same way that we may start a training session with an exercise sheet on our horse, we usually start our ride or schooling session wearing all of our clothing layers. As we exercise and move around, our body reacts by increasing blood flow to the skin's surface. It is essentially taking the heat from within the body, to the top of the skin. At this point, we often remove our outer layer or coat, to avoid getting too hot and sweating - although if you are wearing a technologically advanced base layer like the DE Zip Skin or Pocket Skin, the moisture wicking material does remove the sweat, and passes it through the layers of clothing.

Remember, winter time can be a glorious time to ride and enjoy our horses, if we are able to work around the changing temperatures and fleeting daylight, and plan our riding wardrobe!

Friday, 16 February 2018

The history of riding trousers and breeches - and why Derriere is leading the field

The history of riding trousers and breeches - and 

why Derriere is leading the field


Do your ridingbreeches provide optimal comfort and performance? Do they work in harmony with your undergarments, so the fabric surfaces come together in a symbiosis that eliminates chaffing? Or are your old-fashioned jodhpurs causing discomfort associated with the seated element of equestrian sports, and perhaps not flattering your shape?

If you’re wondering whether your riding comfort in the saddle could be improved, no doubt you’ve looked at saddle seat savers - those memory foam or gel-based-wonders that cushion our derrieres beautifully, and allow us to ride our horses more comfortably, and focus on our training. But maybe you should also take a look at your riding apparel? Your underwear is key before you start to look at your breeches, seamlines and fabrics.

Is it time to upgrade your horse riding breeches?

Fashions in equestrian riding-wear have undoubtedly come a long way in recent years; let’s look back to the last few centuries. Jodhpurs are a nineteenth century invention - the first pair is said to have been tailored in 1890. These practical, long trousers were snug from the calf to the ankle, with reinforced fabric protecting the inner calf and knee from rubbing. According to the Gentleman’s Gazette, jodhpur pants started out as traditional formal wear in India, getting their name from Jodhpur, the capital city of Marwar. In the late 1800s, the resident ‘Regent of Jodhpur’, an avid Polo player, aimed to produce a riding garment suited to polo; he adapted the long Indian ‘churidar’ pants, flaring the garment along the thighs and hips.

Although these ‘jodhs’ came to British shores around the turn of the nineteenth century after Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, European Ladies didn’t really start wearing them until the 1920s, when some daring females shifted away from riding side-saddle; you may recall Lady Mary from ‘Downton Abbey’ doing this very thing. One of the first high-profile women to adopt the wearing of jodhpurs is said to be fashion icon Coco Chanel, who transformed the ‘practical’ jodhpur into a fashion statement, both on and off the horse. But today, jodhpurs are more commonly worn by children and young riders.

Breeches and jodhs
Although many people refer to riding trousers as ‘jodhs’, what they more commonly mean in this day and age is breeches, which are shorter and tapered at the ankle, and actually descend more from military riding wear than from the Jodhpur polo pant that we have just described. Army officers routinely wore riding breeches as part of their service dress, presented with strapped and laced leather field-boots. The bottom of the breech was secured by buckles or buttons; Velcro was later the fastening of choice on riding breeches, and now ‘cuffs’, like Derriere’sFlexi Cuff System, are more commonly seen, for comfort at the ankle.

Derriere’s fashion-forward riding breech

Derriere Equestrian’s ethos when it comes to riding breeches is much closer to Ms Chanel’s fashion flair than to the Marwari polo players’ heavy cottons, or the army’s cavalry twills. Derriere has taken the international heritage of creating practical riding clothing with a stylish edge, and has created two fabulous breeches made from a blend of Cotton, Microfibre and Elasthane.

The Derriere Equestrian Treviso Training breeches feature a unique Flexi Cuff System, providing a seamless flexible design for ultimate comfort and support of the rider’s lower limb musculature. Like the Treviso breeches, the Cannes Competition breeches are designed to promote optimal comfort and performance and work in harmony with the Derriereundergarments, ensuring all fabric surfaces come together to eliminate chaffing and discomfort. They also boast the Flexi Cuff System and are available in men’s and ladies’ styles.

If you want to make a fashion statement, flatter your shape and enjoy a comfortable ride on your horse, Derriere’s riding breeches are the ones for you! 

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Derriere Equestrian Welcomes 2018 With Open Arms

Derriere Equestrian Welcomes 2018 With Open Arms

On the off chance that you can’t fly then run, on the off chance that you can’t run then walk, on the off chance that you can’t walk then slither, yet whatever you do you need to guarantee that you are pushing ahead. That is the manner by which you are going to have a fruitful New Year.

2018 has arrived full of promise, an open book with many chapters to fill. Here at Derriere Equestrian we continue to strive to provide you with the ultimate in equestrian and sporting underwear and apparel, with plans for further expansion of the collection through the year ahead. 

We continue to manufacture all of our products with our teams in both Tunisia and Italy and are proud to announce the expansion of our production through an additional provider this year, also in Tunisia. This has been as a result of our increase in product range, further development and a constant growth in production requirements.

Underwear Sports Equestrian Padded Comfort DerrieresOur garments are made to the highest of standards, with focus on quality control, design technology and innovation

Derriere Equestrian launched in 2014, quickly becoming established as the leading equestrian underwear specialists globally, with a promise to provide the leading innovation in stylish, effective garments for both male and female riders. The Derriere promise we continue to deliver every day of the year!

Riders love our garments, customer satisfaction is as always exceptionally high and our retailers continue to ensure these products are readily available for buyers all over the world. 

Throughout January and February we are very busy with the forthcoming trade show season. Derriere Equestrian will be exhibiting at both BETA International at the NEC in Birmingham, UK 21st - 23rd January 2018, followed directly by SPOGA Horse Spring at Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany 4th - 6th February 2018.

We are delighted to announce the Derriere Equestrian Collection 2018 will feature on both the BETA International Fashion Show for 3 days and on the SPOGA Horse Spring Fashion Walk for 3 days. A great deal of work and thought has gone into the planning, choreography and track choice for the shows and we are very excited to unveil the first of these fashion show appearances at BETA International on Sunday 21st January. Be sure to be there, last year we entertained the BETA crowd to the track "Cake by the Ocean" For 2018 we have something very special lined up for all!!!

A fantasy noted down with a date turns into an objective. An objective partitioned into ascertained strides turns into an arrangement. An arrangement bolstered by activities makes your fantasies work out as expected. So this New Year, take your fantasies travel the distance to their goal and make them a reality.
2018 The Year To Make It Your Own

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Ode to the Derriere Sportief sports bra - the best gift for Christmas that you’ll get by far!

The best gift for Christmas that you’ll get by far!

My boobs were a-jiggling: up down, left right.
Giving any spectators a terrible fright!
Enter at A, supposedly with grace,
The judges nonplussed by such bosoms-in-face.
Sitting trot was for me, a laughable chore,

My shoulders would hunch, right down to the floor.
Anything to stop the dreaded breast-bounces!
With each one weighing plus-300 ounces.
Well, Derriere’s solution, the best one by far.
The lovely Sportief, a functional bra!
For any activity, on horse or off,
Those puppies encased, with no need to scoff.

A horse riding bra, so no onlooker banter
As we prance round the school with no-boob-bouncing canter.
Smart under my clothes, nice shape in my jacket.
Better posture ensues, so my horse can now hack it.

Seamless and comfy, and doesn’t get hot,
No longer those ‘tired’ boobs that were just my lot.
Encapsulation is key here, as well as nice lift,
A flattering bust-line - the perfect, great gift!

Wrapped up in your stocking, with green ivy leaf,
A great gift for Christmas, a Derriere Sportief!

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Do you want to perfect your position? Derriere Equestrian sponsored rider Erin Orford offers her tips...

Do you want to perfect your position? 

Derriere Equestrian sponsored rider Erin Orford offers her tips...
Derriere Equestrian Underwear Sports Padded Pants Riding

Concentrating on the upper part of the body, shoulders have a huge influence on your whole riding position and ability. Most people have right side dominance, and therefore tend to ride automatically more strongly with that arm, hand and leg, which can often create a horse which leans in that direction. Subconsciously, we may tend to ride for longer on our favorite rein, as this feels more comfortable, and in general gives us an easier ride! It is very important to be aware of this and set our exercises equally on each rein.

Correct posture
Correct posture in your riding is essential for consistency, as well as well-balanced and obedient work from the horse. Your shoulders are key, so aim to keep them square and upright. Dropped shoulders either side or hunched shoulders are commonly seen in rider’s work, often causing elbows to stick out, resulting in poor rein contact and loss of balance.

This can all be corrected with careful thought and the right position. 

Imagine pinching your two shoulder blades together behind you, and pushing your chest forward and upward. Be sure to keep your head centrally balanced, and always focus on where you are going, as opposed to the horse’s head or neck. You should be able to draw a straight line from the horse’s bit to your hand and elbow, and ideally there should also be an imaginary line from your ear, shoulder, hip and heel, although this latter ‘ideal’ does vary according to the rider’s physiology, the saddle you ride in, etc.

None of this ideal body position will be possible if your shoulders and core are not in the correct position, which is the foundation for maintaining good rein and leg contact, and will result in the horse moving evenly. 
None of us are completely symmetrical; we all have an element of asymmetry (to different degrees), so it’s important to keep going back to trying to achieve symmetry in the saddle. It doesn’t take much to throw you off balance – I have one arm slightly longer than the other, so I ride with my reins slightly shorter on one side to ensure my shoulders and core remain straight, which helps to ensure an even contact on the horses’ mouth. 

We are often quick to criticise the horse if things are not quite right, but we should always first check that we are giving them the best opportunity to get it right.

Conversely to our own ‘right handedness’, because we do so many things from the left hand side of the horse (as this is easier for us), we create in the horse a preference for his left rein. Horses are always easier on one rein than the other, and it is always predominantly left, as we are predominantly right! This is another reason for ensuring all exercises are performed equally on both reins and include regular changes of rein to create suppleness on each rein for both parties. A really interesting challenge is to learn to mount and dis-mount equally easily from either side of the horse, which is gymnastically difficult, but can be learned with a little time and patience.

Small chunk training
It may prove helpful to break your goals up into bite size chunks, and focus on perfecting a certain area of your riding position (such as your shoulders) for a time; and in another session, consider your seat or legs. When possible, ask your trainer or a friend to video some of your schooling sessions, so that you can analyse the complete picture; it is surprising how often what you feel doesn’t match how you look. This is great for checking symmetry and straightness as when you have a stiffness or stronger side, what you perceive to be straight is often slightly crooked and this becomes your ‘norm’ or your ‘centre.’ If you’re not lucky enough to have support on the ground, mirrors can be particularly useful both on and off the horse, to train your muscle memory to recognise true straightness.

Naturally, a good sports bra aids shoulder position when riding, as it allows you to relax and ‘free up’ the area, rather than ‘hunching’ subconsciously to avoid breast ‘bounce’. 

The Derriere Equestrian Sportief sportsbra is a fusion of encapsulation and compression; it is designed to lift, separate, shape and support a woman's breasts, without the use of under-wires, and is a key part of your riding and training wardrobe.

Monday, 11 December 2017

It’s beginning to look a lot like winter - by Derriere Equestrian Rider Avril Clinton-Forde

It’s beginning to look a lot like winter

by Avril Clinton-Forde

Since the clocks changed, it is sooo tempting to hibernate indoors. And with limited daylight, cold days and the hustle and bustle of Christmas just around the corner, it can become more challenging to maintain regular riding and schooling, especially if a deep freeze sets in! Brrrr. There are still plenty of riding opportunities to be utilised however, if we focus on what can be done in the circumstances available to us. Whenever possible, prioritise your riding to the brightest part of the day, most especially if you have no arena, or one without lights!

If you are limited mainly to hacking, it is still possible to keep up your flatwork training. Most bridleways lend themselves to lateral work such as leg-yielding, shoulder in and bending right and left, as well as transitional work. This will keep your horse supple, obedient, between hand and leg and collected. Lengthening and shortening at any pace is also an easy task on safe straight tracks with good going underfoot. It can be more fun to work in tandem with a friend!

Quality time

Of course, there will be days when the weather or lack of time will defeat you, but you may still be able to spend some quality time on a good grooming session including some suppleness exercises with your horse, for example getting him to bend round either side to reach a carrot, but not moving his feet or body. Your local sports massage therapist or veterinary physio can show you a few simple massage techniques and/or some leg stretching exercises – these will also be particularly useful on any days that turn-out is limited. This non riding work also reinforces the bond between you and your horse!

If your arena does become frozen (“Let it gooooooo”......Sorry....mum-mode) or semi-frozen (“Do you want to build a snowwwwwwmannnnnn?”) you may still be able to exercise your horse at walk! Practise your free work on a long rein, encouraging the horse to take his nose to his toes, then back to a medium walk, without him anticipating trot. A square halt can be performed at various places, plus leg yield, shoulder in and turn on the forehand. 

Although this sounds simple, and perhaps not very interesting, if you can do it well, it will really help you when you return to your trot work, having established such good work at walk.

Remember also that there is also the possibility of a bit of hunting to keep you both fresh, from November until March, if you and your horse are fit enough! 

Don’t forget your Derriere Equestrian Performance Padded Panties, to make sure your foofoo is unscathed, following a tiring day in the saddle! Another great bonus is that they keep your bum warm!

Avril Clinton-Forde is a brand ambassador for Derriere Equestrian with her mare Grand Duchess; she’s based in the stunning surroundings of Dollanstown Stud, Co Meath, in Ireland. Avril rides at Medium level, and is ultimately aiming for Grand Prix. Visit