FOR SOME RIDERS, COMPETITION IS A WAY OF MEASURING THEIR PROGRESS.
Between Pilots; aren’t we even more motivated when, as well as riding a clean (or even “shiny”) horse, we know that we are going to be wearing THE competition outfit? In our sport, competitions are key moments for riders: they are the most fitting way of demonstrating progress by yourself, your horse and the couple you form together.
You are both dealing with an unfamiliar environment, unpredictable conditions and certain aspects that are beyond your control. On the morning of the competition, the night before, or even the day before D-Day, you’ll experience many emotions; stress, excitement, anxiety, eagerness, impatience …
To the more conscientious out there; we think you’ll agree that some items on your pre-competition TO DO LIST are easier to plan for (“Iron shirt”) than others (“Have a clear round”). Since our creation, we at Horse Pilot have been committed to guaranteeing the best possible riding experience, whatever the occasion. We have brought together textile engineers, dedicated athletes, committed product developers … The result is the range of equestrian competition jackets that we are presenting today. Before you start looking to buy a riding jacket for the new season, here are a few key points about our products.
PS: Psst! Our competition shirts don’t need ironing!
BIRTH OF THE HORSE PILOT EQUESTRIAN COMPETITION JACKET RANGE
We have been making equestrian competition jackets since 2012. And the bespoke competition jacket is one of our signature items! It made the brand’s name in the early days. You have the choice between the timeless Tailor Made, the Aerotech or the new Aeromesh, with infinite possibilities thanks to the many colours of Alcantara it comes in: a simple and efficient jacket that uses Preform-Fit and Extra Comfort Fabric technologies.
In 2015, we created the AEROTECH; a jacket you will forget you are wearing, even during the most demanding rounds. This competition jacket with a more contemporary look is a clever mix of technology, simplicity and class. You can also customise it by choosing the colour of the collar, elbow patches, pockets, finish on the sleeves and in the ladies’ version, the placket.
Plus you can choose the colour of the buttons and make the jacket unique. Pick your favourite colours, or those of your stables! Warning: you may feel tempted to wear your equestrian competition jacket to the office, or around town!
The arrival of a version of the AEROTECH competition jacket that is compatible with our airbag (Horse Pilot In&motion) is a major development.Its special features?
A system that allows the airbag to be installed discreetly
An opening for the leash that triggers the bag
It can handle the waistcoat expanding underneath! How? Thanks to its concealed zip closure system that helps reinforce the three front buttons.
The result: an airbag that becomes an integral part of your jacket. Our professional rider ambassadors are beginning to embrace it without getting hung up on the aesthetics; again, there’s no denying that in our sport, this is an important factor when choosing a garment. Our Belgian Pilot François Mathy even wore it on 5-star level and recently the Olympic champion Philippe Rozier entrusted Horse Pilot with his safety in the saddle.
In 2021, the Aeromesh jacket is born. All the technical details required for competition horse riding, together in one jacket. Designed with the same pattern as our famous Aerotech equestrian competition jacket the many ergonomically fitted pieces enable the jacket to adjust to the rider’s movements perfectly. But to meet the demands of riders who ride in hot weather, we have been working on a new material that is both stretchy and very breatheable.
COMPETITION RIDING JACKET AND TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE
ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH THE ‘AEROTECH BY HORSE PILOT’ TECHNOLOGY?
AEROTECH technology uses the rider’s speed to provide optimal ventilation during exertion. The principle is simple: use the air flow to improve interior ventilation, as is done in other fields: automotive, aeronautics or in equipment such as helmets. Our designers studied riders’ aerodynamic specificities during exertion.
They were able to map the ideal areas for the air inlet and outlet. We applied breatheable fabrics to those areas. An added advantage is that the fabrics’ properties also contribute to the comfort of the garment: flexibility, stretch, durability and comfort, while letting the air flow through. The result? Good air circulation keeps you dry, even after the fourth near collided with people who seem unaware that there is actually a right of way in the paddock…
ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH THE AEROMESH BY HORSE PILOT’ TECHNOLOGY?
Its micro-honeycomb structure efficiently evacuates heat during exercise, for guaranteed rider comfort. It’s easy to forget you’re wearing the Aeromesh jacket because it is very light, and feels like a second skin. In addition to these technical qualities, the collar has been redesigned to meet competition requirements. And like the Aerotech jacket, the Aeromesh jacket is compatible with our airbag. A lightweight show jacket that is tailored for competition and performance.
THE HORSE PILOT COMPETITION RANGE FOR ALL YOUR COMPETITION REQUIREMENTS
HORSE PILOT COMPETITION JACKETS, FOR YOUR FUTURE COMPETITION OUTFIT.
The AERIAL shirt / AEROTECH jacket / X-Balance pants combination means you’ll stay comfortable all day thanks to an array of technologies; stretch materials, pre-formed sleeves, fitted cut, micro-ventilation, compression, offset anti-friction seams …
Investing in your equipment for the new competition season means you can say goodbye to the discomfort of those competition-day cold sweats. We see the rider as a fully fledged athlete, who experiences many emotions.
We always have the same goal in mind when we design our garments: to be able to ride in the best conditions, in all weathers and in all situations.
OUR RANGE OF MEN’S HORSE RIDING COMPETITION JACKETS
Performance and style have no gender. So, to all our male Pilots, we’re happy to say that for once you have as much choice as the ladies! There are two models of competition jacket, each customisable.
Good to know:
With the choice of sleeve size, customisation feels almost custom-made
If you choose a ready-to-wear jacket, the default sleeve is size 3
If you are a young boy, we are aware that there is a significant gap between 14 years old and size 44 (our smallest men’s size). We advise you to opt for a customisable women’s competition jacket, size 38. When you order, leave us a note in the comments asking us to remove the placket and its buttons!
OUR RANGE OF WOMEN’S HORSE RIDING COMPETITION JACKETS
The slim-fitting, figure-hugging cut of our equestrian competition jacket shows your femininity without going too far; we want to showcase the female athlete and serious competitor that you are. The Tailor Made jacket will remain one of our signature garments; it keeps up with the times as we modernise it year after year. It gives you the benefit of Preform sleeves and bi-stretch material technologies and emphasises your posture thanks to its slim fit cut.
See the AEROTECH and AEROMESH models in the current collection.