How to find a great pair of breeches

0915breechesphoto1If you’re a western recreational rider, your go-to pants are probably a sturdy pair of jeans. But for maximum comfort while riding English (or any time), you might want to consider investing in a good pair of breeches. These close-fitting riding pants are usually made of stretchy, breathable material and are available in many different styles and colours. Still more offer a variety of high-tech features depending on the season and type of riding you’ll be doing.

When choosing a pair of breeches, riders should keep in mind that for everyday schooling or pleasure riding any type of breech or colour combination will do but for disciplines such as dressage, eventing or show jumping, specific dress codes will apply. And like most pants, you’ll need to shop around to find the best fit for your particular body type.

We asked the experts at The Horse Store to talk about some of the trends in breeches. Here is what we found out:

  • Some western riders choose a stretch denim boot cut breech, which doesn’t have the inside seam that’s on regular jeans but still gives them the look of riding in jeans. This style is gaining popularity as “Western Dressage” becomes increasingly popular.
  • These breeches, from Horze Equestrian, are high-waisted and feature a silicone pattern on the full seat for better grip. They retain their shape while repelling dirt and moisture. (photos courtesy Horze Equestrian)

    These breeches, from Horze Equestrian, are high-waisted and feature a silicone pattern on the full seat for better grip. They retain their shape while repelling dirt and moisture. (photos courtesy Horze Equestrian)

    Silicone is replacing imitation leather on knee patches and full seats on some styles. Imitation leather is still available but some riders like the extra grip silicone provides.

  • If you like a little bling such as crystals or studs on your breeches, you’ll find it on many styles this season.
  • Many breeches have fashionable accent or contrast stitching on pockets or outside seams.
  • As with the trend in jeans, riders will see higher and wider waist bands on some breeches.
  • Also following general fashion trends, breeches are available in some brighter colours and in 2016, teal and grey will be prominent.
  • Boot cut breeches with a flare at the bottom that fit outside of a short riding boot, will appeal to recreational riders.
  • Fall/winter breeches such as Mountain Horse’s Polar Breech or Cavalier’s Irideon Wind Pro Breech offer great features to make riding in the rain, snow and cold as comfortable and dry as possible.

—The Horse Store is located in northwest Calgary. For more information visit www.horsestore.com.