I was lucky enough to be gifted some Mountain Horse ‘Diana’ white dressage breeches just before the Winter Petplan Area Festival Championships. Competing over 3 days, I needed a supply of ‘whites’ as any dressage riders knows… its tricky keeping white breeches sparklingly clean! Admittedly I don’t have many Mountain Horse pieces in my riding wardrobe so I was keen to give these a try.
Over the years I have tried most brands of breeches – from the very top of the range to mid, but after having a few soakings (thanks British weather!), where my breeches were trashed with saddle stains I was on the lookout for a more affordable, competition pair.
The waistband – lovely waistband, these breeches are upper mid to high waisters so more than capable of covering a bit of middle-aged tummy, without chopping you in two! I also loved the wide belt loops and the finish – as good as my more expensive breeches in terms of quality.
The lower leg cuff – super soft, stretchy and thin enough to fit seamlessly under tight long boots. Perfect!
The full seat Silicone was grippy enough and had a simple triangle pattern I found it not so grippy you are stuck in the saddle, which can be invasive. After several washes the grip didn’t peal or loose its stickability. Thumbs up!
Ride and wash tests
I’m about 5ft 8” and a size 14, the 42 fitted perfectly. They looked flattering (no VPL!) and were thick enough not to be see-through but thin enough to be perfect for summer competing. As I mentioned the waistband is fitted, wide but super soft so this leads to a really flattering fit, off and on a horse.
Comfort all the way! The last thing you need to be worrying about is uncomfortable kit! The fabric feels stretchy and supportive, of decent quality too. I loved the grippy seat which worked without being invasive. There was really nothing I could criticise or would change!
Washing and care
All my breeches get washed at 30 degrees on a synthetic wash with whitening powder and normal detergent. The Diana breeches washed well, looked fresh and smart to use again. As per the instructions I left them to dry naturally which didn’t take too long.
I’ve used the Diana breeches multiple times, over several stay over championships. They have been excellent in terms of quality, stitch and fabric strength and longer-term fit.
I’ve been blown away by the quality and fit of these breeches… being someone who has top end brands and has paid £250+ for dressage breeches I was pleasantly surprised to find out the RRP of these was £85.00. So impressed I went and brought a second pair and will be considering ditching riding tights for a navy pair of Diana’s – they really are that comfortable! Id highly recommend these if you are looking for a smart, well cut, comfortable pair of competition breeches at a good mid-price range. With the cost of everything rising I can’t really justify massive spends on kit, but the Mountain Horse Diana breeches sit well as a more affordable option, that doesn’t compromise style or quality.
Top job Mountain Horse and thank you for allowing me to try these fantastic breeches!
The Mountain Horse Blurb…
• High quality breathable fabric, transports moisture and resilient to dirt and liquid.
• Higher waist w double hook & loop closure at centre front
• Soft logo elastic inside waistband
• 2 front pockets w zipper closure
• Beltloops at waistband
• Silicone full seat MH grip technology
• Flexible double folded cuff at leg opening.
• Opaque White colourway comes in a protective zip lock envelope.
Sizes 34 – 46 (Euro)
Colours: White, Navy, Taupe, burgundy Red
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