What to wear to Badminton Horse Trials

Style inspiration for the event that marks the start of Sloaney Season

STOP PRESS: Live weather update for what to wear to Badminton Horse Trials 2018

Today (Thursday 3rd May) it is warm and sunny and now much drier underfoot – light footwear is sufficient. Pack sun cream but also bring some layers in case it cools off a little.

Today (Wednesday 2nd May) it was soft underfoot and muddy in places. Sensible footwear is advised. It was also blustery and the wind was chilly. Sun is forecast and warm temperatures are predicted for the rest of the weekend but we recommend layers. People were wearing winter coats and trilby hats today, along with wellies. It should dry out quickly if we have no further rain but even if it is warm over the weekend, we suggest you come prepared.


The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials heralds the start of the summer for Sloaney Season and what to wear to Badminton Horse Trials is a key talking point for those attending. The event is located in the stunning Gloucestershire countryside and a stone’s throw away from the private residence of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

This famous 3-Day event attracts some of the world’s best horse and rider combinations, as well as a huge crowd who enjoy the extensive shopping village and other countryside attractions. What to wear to Badminton Horse Trials is important to consider mainly because of the rural setting and the time of year. When you are planning what to wear to Badminton Horse Trials, you need to channel country chic and also be mindful of the weather conditions. Some years there will be glorious sunshine but at other times the heavens will open and you can be stuck in a torrential downpour. This year, the forecast is looking relatively dry, with plenty of sunny spells predicted for the weekend.

If you are looking for some inspiration of what to wear to Badminton Horse Trials, we have selected some key pieces and trends that will help with planning your outfit.

Our key tips for what to wear to Badminton Horse Trials…


Coats for the countryside

For all of the rural events in Sloaney Season, you can’t go wrong by wearing some tweed. Considering that you must think about what the weather will throw at you when planning what to wear to Badminton Horse Trials, a long tweed coat may be just the thing for making sure ladies can stay stylish and warm at the same time, should those spring breezes pick up at any point. Browse the collection by Jade Holland Cooper for inspiration.

What to wear to Badminton Horse Trials: Browse the collection by Jade Holland Copper
What to wear to Badminton Horse Trials: Browse the collection by Jade Holland Copper

The designer has a range of short and long jackets, as well as capes that will help keep you snug during Badminton week. We love the new Sporting Jacket in particular, which is flattering to the figure and will suit lots of different occasions. It looks great when worn with skinny jeans.

The new Sporting Jacket by Jade Holland Cooper

Meanwhile, gents would do well to take a look at the latest Barbour collection. They have a number of versatile pieces, including a good selection of quilted jackets that work well as a lightweight yet warm layering coat.

Take some inspiration from Barbour – their layering coats are great for early May

Comfortable Footwear

You will be spending a lot of time on your feet at this event. So when you are thinking about what to wear to Badminton Horse Trials, it is really important that you give some extra thought to footwear. Considering the dry forecast at present, comfortable flats or deck shoes will see you through the days. For ladies, we love the new season Chelsea Boot from the Hunter Boots range.

Hunter also have a good range for men and, depending on the weather, you may want to think about their new season Hi Canvas Sneakers. But only if the grass is dry underfoot and you won’t spoil them with any mud!

What to wear to Badminton Horse Trials: The Chelsea Boot from Hunter Boots
What to wear to Badminton Horse Trials: The Chelsea Boot from Hunter Boots

Layers and Jeans

Layering is always a good plan at this time of year. You can be relatively casual at Badminton Horse Trials and so a smart jumper and jeans will certainly get you through the week. Many of the high street shops have good layering options at this time of year and we love this look for ladies from Topshop. It is casual and practical.

What to wear to Badminton Horse Trials: Layers are great for this time of year
What to wear to Badminton Horse Trials: Layers are great for this time of year

Musto has a good collection of casual wear for men. The Shooting V-Neck Knit is a good investment for Sloaney Season as it will keep you warm but it can be dressed up or dressed down according to the individual occasion. It would work well when planning what to wear to Badminton Horse Trials when teamed with cords or smart jeans.

The Musto Shooting Sweater is a great layering piece for men

Flatcaps and hats

When we mention hats in the context of planning what to wear to Badminton Horse Trials we are thinking a million miles away from summer racing attire. This is definitely not the place for outlandish fascinators and top hats but you will see plenty of people with flatcaps and trilby hats. Debenhams has an affordable range for both men and women. You may spot some pheasant feathers peeping out of a trilby but in general you should keep your headwear simple.

Debenhams have a simple collection of hats for both men and women

Find out more about this year’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials and plan your day with the help of Sloaney Season