Badminton Horse Trials Trot Up: The Fashion Report3 May 17
The Badminton Horse Trials trot up signals the start of the competition and the world's leading riders take to the 'catwalk' to present their horses to the judges
The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials is officially underway. This afternoon the world’s best event riders presented their horses to the judges and a packed crowd that had gathered in front of Badminton House, which is the stunning residence of the Duke and Duchess of Beaufort. The Badminton Horse Trials trot up is officially known as the first horse inspection and signals the start of the competition. This is the opportunity for the judges to assess whether the horses are fit and well enough to partake.
Riders have to lead their mounts down a catwalk-style setting, with photographers banked up at the end and hundreds of spectators watching from the side lines. The outfits that the riders chose to wear are scrutinised just as much as the horses.
There was plenty of tweed on show today and knee-high boots also proved a popular choice for ladies. Capes and tailored jackets were worn by those who were fighting the chilly breeze and most of the men opted for suits in various colours. We have selected Sarah Parkes as the Sloaney Season Badminton Best Dressed Lady and her gorgeous flats stole the show. She teamed white skinny trousers with a navy jacket by Welligogs, which featured gold piping, and jewellery from County Equestrian Jewellers. We have been informed that the shoes are available from the World Secrets stand in the Rural Crafts tent in the shopping village.
Beanie Sturgis also stood out from the crowd and her eye-catching sparkly shoes added a touch of glamour to her mid-length tweed coat, which presented a flattering silhouette. Meanwhile, Laura Collett wore a lovely cape by Holland Cooper, boots from Fairfax & Favor and went for smoky makeup and pink lip gloss.
Lissa Green opted for a chic and structured look that mixed beige, brown and cream hues.
Many of the American competitors looked incredibly stylish and we particularly liked Katherine Coleman’s outfit. She wore a pale pink coat, which was teamed with a fur stole.
Leading the style stakes for the men in our eyes was Badminton first-timer James Sommerville, who we have awarded the Sloaney Season Badminton Best Dressed Gent. James was smart but also very on-trend and wearing attire that would work well for many occasions in Sloaney Season.
Andrew Hoy went for a lime green matching tie and shoes. Meanwhile Oliver Townend opted for a formal suit in a rich shade of blue and Jim Newsam had a dash of pink. Ciaran Glynn was representing Ireland and one of the men to chose a bowtie for the occasion.
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