One horse was held at the first vet inspection at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials this afternoon.

Tom Crisp’s ride Coolys Luxury was sent to the holding box, but was accepted by the ground jury on re-presentation.

French rider Cedric Lyard was asked to trot his ride Qatar Du Puech Rouget a second time and the chestnut gelding was also accepted.

All 78 horses presented to the ground jury of Sue Baxter, Katrin Eichinger-Kniely and Christoph Hess passed and go forward to the dressage phase.

The first inspection, which took place in front of Badminton House, drew large crowds and many of the horses picked-up on the atmosphere.

Georgie Strang’s ride Cooley Earl and Sarah Bullimore’s Reve Du Rouet were among those keeping a watchful eye on their audience.

Meanwhile, Oregon De La Vigne, the ride of France’s Denis Mesples, threw in a couple of rears, while Kaiser HDB 4175 took his rider Regis Prud’hon for a dash along the gravel, snorting at the crowds.

Ros Canter’s ride Allstar B was trotted up by a friend.

“[Allstar B] knows he is important and my short legs can’t always keep up, so British team farrier Greg kindly agreed to do the honours,” she Ros told H&H.

Nine riders have two horses entered, including Rolex Grand Slam contender and former winner Oliver Townend, who will start on European team gold medallist Cooley SRS and his 2017 Burghley winner Ballaghmor Class.

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