Badminton Horse Trials Trot Up: The Fashion Report

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.

We have selected Sarah Parkes as the Sloaney Season Badminton Best Dressed Lady at the trot up

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.

White trousers were a trend. Here seen on Beanie Strugis and Izzy Taylor.

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.

Laura Collett in Holland Cooper and Fairfax Favor

Lissa Green opted for a chic and structured look that mixed beige, brown and cream hues.

Lissa Green

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.

Katherine Coleman

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.

James Sommerville has been awarded Sloaney Season Badminton Best Dressed Gent

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.

Suited and booted: Andrew Hoy, Oliver Townend and Jim Newsam

Our top looks from the Badminton Horse Trials Trot Up 2017

We loved the sparkly shoes and tailored tweed coat worn by Beanie Sturgis


Ciaran Glynn chose a bowtie for the occasion


Laura Collett in a Holland Cooper cape


Oliver Townend wore a blue suit


Lissa Green chose shades of brown, beige and cream


Andrew Hoy stood out in matching green shoes and tie


Danielle Dunn won a prize for her outfit


British Olympic rider Gemma Tattersall braved the chill in a tweed skirt


Leading British rider Izzy Taylor wore lovely boots


Sarah Bullimore showed off a fabulous jacket with a fur trim


Eventing superstar Michael Jung was ultra smart


Hannah Sue Burnett from Team USA chose a long tweed coat


Cream trousers were popular and this was Kristina Cook’s take


See more pictures on our Twitter feed – we tweeted live from the trot up earlier today @SloaneySeason #SloaneySeason

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