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My 10 Best Sports Bras for Horse Riding

Updated 26 May 2022.

Looking back at my recent posts I have realised I haven’t done a ‘Best of’ post for a while. So, here we are. This week I am focusing on my 10 best sports bras for horse riding.

This one is close to my heart as my daughter has just starting horse riding. She is still too young to need a sports bra, but it brings a tear to my eye (literally!) when I see the older girls trotting around with their boobs bouncing in all directions.

Seriously though, if you are a B cup or up you would be painfully aware of how much your boobs bounce. And of the importance of wearing a comfortable and supportive sports bra.

What Makes a Great Sports Bra for Horse Riding?

The following are the features that are essential in making a great horse-riding sports bra.

1.      Support

This is an absolute given. The whole point of this exercise is stopping your girls bouncing in all directions whilst riding!

2.      Comfort

Another given. Horse riders can spend extensive periods in the saddle and at events. You need to be comfortable if you are to successfully get through a long day of show jumping.

3.      Lightweight and Breathable

We live in a hot country and things are made even hotter wearing jodhpurs, a long sleeve top, gloves, etc. The last thing you want is a sports bra that bakes your chest. You need something lightweight. Avoid sports bras with moulded cups.

What Are My Ten Best?

Hurry up you say, get to the good bit. Before I do, I would like to say one thing ‘do not ride in a crop style bra’. They may be comfortable, and they may say ‘high impact’ on the label, but they are not going to offer the support of a structured sports bra. They are designed to your back and cup size to offer the best support for your breasts.

My list has been broken into two sections. Best B-F cup sports bras and FF+ cup sports bras. We all come in different sizes and varying sports bras often offer better support for certain sizes.

Disclaimer time! There were no financial rewards given by brands to ensure their bra is on the list. Unfortunately, this happens a lot on ‘best product’ lists. Meaning lists are often biased and do not offer you the absolute best of advice. These are simply my 10 best picks from a life lived in the sports bra world.

Please read on to see my 10 best.

5 Best B-F Cup Sports Bras for Horse Riding

#1 Anita Active Momentum Wirefree Sports Bra: C-F Cups

If you follow my blogs, you will have realised I am a big fan of Anita sports bras. One of the reasons I love Anita is that their sports bras are so lightweight and comfortable without compromising on support.

When it comes to horse riding this bra by Anita tops my list. It is so lightweight and comfortable without compromising on support. The two things you need for a long day in the saddle!

Features:
  • Support – High impact support.
  • Band – Firm, soft, non-roll underband.
  • Cups – Seamlessly pre-shaped wirefree cups that encapsulate each breast individually.
  • Straps – The wide, semi-elastic support straps are padded throughout and adjustable at the back.
  • Back – Two-way stretch back with regular straps.
  • Hook and Eye – 3 rows of hooks. Cushioned.
  • Fabric – Highly functional pique fabric that regulates moisture absorption.

#2 Q-Linn Barcelona Sports Bra: C-H Cups

Coming in at number 2 is this specialised offering from Q-Linn. This sports bra is designed specifically for horse riding. It offers great support and comfort with the style of an everyday bra.

I particularly like the racerback design. It helps keep everything in place whilst spreading the load more evenly across your shoulders and back. Perfect for a long day in the saddle.

Features:
  • Support – High / extreme impact.
  • Band – Wide, comfortable and supportive.
  • Cups – Encapsulates each breast. Shape recovery underwire with cushioning gel. N0n-padded.
  • Straps – Wide, cushioned and back adjustable.
  • Back – Racerback style.
  • Hook and Eye – 3 row of hooks. Cushioned.
  • Fabric – Breathable and moisture wicking.

#3 Panache Wirefree Sports Bra: C-GG Cups

I love this bra! There I said it. And the feedback I have received from my customers is outstanding. They too love this bra. It is perfect for all high impact activities and that includes horse riding.

When you horse ride, your breasts need to be controlled and this bra does exatly that. Keep the girls under control! And like all Panache bras it is comfortable and lightweight. As easy number 3 for me.

Features:
  • Support – High / extreme impact.
  • Band – Wide, comfortable and supportive.
  • Cups – Moulded and seam-free. Encapsulates each breast individually.
  • Straps – Wide, cushioned and adjustable.
  • Back – Regular. Converts to racerback style.
  • Hook and Eye – 3 hooks. Cushioned.
  • Fabric – Breathable and moisture wicking.
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#4 Glamorise Sport High Impact Underwire Sport Bra: B-G Cups

Next up is an amazingly supportive sports bra by Glamorise. Glamorise have hit the nailed it when designing this bra. It gives you the shaping and support underwire with the softness of wirefree.

It offers great comfort and support during horse riding and is comfortable enough to wear all day. All in all, a great combination of support and comfort. Well worth a bo peep!

Features:
  • Support – High to extreme impact.
  • Band – Wide, comfortable and supportive.
  • Cups – Double layer seamless cups with integrated Wonderwire® design. Encapsulates each breast individually.
  • Straps – Adjustable padded shoulder straps.
  • Back – Two-way stretch back with regular straps.
  • Hook and Eye – 3 rows of hooks. Cushioned.
  • Fabric – Breathable and moisture wicking.
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#5 Berlei Shift Underwire Bra: C-F Cups

Coming in at number 5 is a more affordable offering from Berlei. I personally believe price should not be a factor when selecting a sports bra but also understand bras can be expensive. Especially when you have a few!

So, ignoring price this bra still makes my list. It is one of Berlei’s most popular styles and for good reason. It offers great support up to an F cup and is perfect for all your riding needs. The perfect bra to round out this top five.

Features:
  • Support – High impact support. Berlei Support Factor 4.
  • Band – Covered elastic underband that is comfortable and supportive.
  • Cups – Multi-part, encapsulated underwire cups are cotton lined. Non-padded.
  • Straps – Wide adjustable straps.
  • Back – Regular back that can cross-over to racerback.
  • Hook and Eye – 3 rows of hooks. Cushioned.
  • Fabric – Lightweight and breathable.
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5 Best FF+ Cup Sports Bras for Horse Riding

#1 Shock Absorber Active D+ Classic: D-H Cups

First up is a sports bra from another one of my favourite brands; Shock Absorber (the name says it all!)  It accommodates up to a H cup so certainly fits the big bust criteria for selection.

So, what makes this bra a worthy number one? It’s high impact support, coverage and flattering rounded shape. You will enjoy great support, style and comfort without feeling squashed. A perfect sports bra for horse riding.

Features:
  • Support – Perfect for all high impact activities.
  • Band – Soft, wide elastic underband.
  • Cups – Each breast is supported individually by the multi part wireless cups with inner support slings along the bottom.
  • Straps – Wide, adjustable padded straps.
  • Back – Leotard back with centre pull straps to reduce slippage.
  • Hook and Eye – 3 rows of hooks. Spacer foam backed closure.
  • Fabric – Made from hard wearing fabric that is moisture wicking & breathable.
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#2 Freya Active Core Underwired Sports Bra: D-GG Cups

Another great bra for the larger cup sizes. It accommodates up to a GG and unlike other bras from Freya is not moulded so offers cool all day comfort.

The Core advertises 80% bounce control (impressive!) and it is comfortable enough to wear at an all-day event or a long day in the saddle. Great effort Freya.

Features:
  • Support – High / extreme impact. Reduces up and down velocity by up to 80% (University of Portsmouth).
  • Band – Shaped, firm and flat.
  • Cups – Double fabric, underwired, and non-padded. Encapsulate each breast individually.
  • Straps – Wide, padded and adjustable.
  • Back – Regular back.
  • Hook and Eye – 4 rows of hooks. Cushioned.
  • Fabric – Moisture wicking COOLMAX® fabric.
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#3 Glamorise Sport Adjustable Wirefree Sport Bra: B-H Cups

An easy number 3 for me (poetry?). It is rated high/extreme impact support by Glamorise so definitely ticks the support box. And having tried and tested it I would have to agree. It keeps the girls locked in!

One of my favourite features is the double layer cups. The inner panel holds me very nicely whilst the outer layer offers a second level of adjustable support. Simply clip / unclip to rachet up the support. The best bit is comfort is not compromised. If feels soft against the skin.

What more can I say, I wear it and I love it. A double thumbs up from me!

Features:
  • Support – High to extreme impact with front adjusting outer panel.
  • Band – Wide, comfortable and supportive.
  • Cups – Seamless, non-padded and wirefree inner cups. Compresses and encapsulates each breast individually.
  • Straps – Non-slip adjustable straps.
  • Back – Two-way stretch back with regular back.
  • Hook and Eye – 3 rows of hooks. Cushioned.
  • Fabric – Quick dry and moisture wicking.
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#4 Elomi Energise Underwired Sports Bra: D-K Cups

Now this is a bra for the larger cup sizes. It is designed to accommodate up to a K cup without compromising support or comfort.

So, if your breasts are stopping you from climbing into the saddle and you have been unable to find a suitable solution. Then this bra may be just what you are looking for.

Features:
  • Support – High impact.
  • Band– Shaped, comfortable and supportive.
  • Cups– Underwired, non-padded with 2-ply construction. Four sections with side support panels encapsulates each breast individually.
  • Straps– Wide and adjustable.
  • Back– Regular. Converts to racerback style with a J-hook.
  • Hook and Eye– 3 rows of hooks. Cushioned.
  • Fabric – Smooth microfiber. Breathable and moisture wicking.
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#5 Panache Underwired Sports Bra: D-HH Cups

Another Panache you ask? Yes, another Panache! What can I say, I love Panache! When it comes to support, they are the bees. This bra is a great allrounder and is perfect for horse riding and any other activities you may pursue.

I particularly like the padded straps and convertible back design. I always look for that little bit extra comfort and support in my sports bras and this bra does offer both in equal amounts.

Features:
  • Support – High / extreme impact. Reduces bounce by up to 83% (10E subject).
  • Band – Wide, comfortable and supportive.
  • Cups – Silicone encased underwire, moulded and seam-free. Encapsulates each breast individually.
  • Straps – Wide, cushioned and adjustable.
  • Back – Regular. Converts to racerback style.
  • Hook and Eye – 3 hooks. Cushioned.
  • Fabric – Breathable and moisture wicking.
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Final Thoughts

So, there you have it, my 10 best sports bras for horse riding. An extensive look at the best horse-riding sports bras on the market.

One thing about sports bras is what works for you may not work for someone else. We are all unique so please use this list as a guide in your quest for the ultimate in support and comfort.

In closing can I say that no single sports bra can offer you complete support. The absolute best advertises 90% bounce control and over a long workout that missing 10% can add up.

A must have horse riding accessory is the Pinkclover Breastband.  This breast support band is designed to work with your sports bra to provide the complete support solution for your breasts when horse riding. As I said, a must have!

Yours in support

Amy x

Amy Jaffers

Amy is the face behind Sports Bras Direct, Australia’s largest sports bra website. She's a mother of two, outdoors lover and sports bra expert. Her life mission is to help active women get the support they need as well as assisting women in need through her charitable donations.

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