Riders showed off their fashion sense at the first trot-up at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials yesterday (2 May).

Badminton Horse Trials fashion

Ben Hobday sports a long Holland Cooper coat and his trademark shades as he trots up Mulrys Error.

Badminton Horse Trials fashion

Gemma Tattersall trots up Arctic Soul in a side-button short jacket and The Amira boots in navy (with tassels) from Fairfax & Favor.

Badminton Horse Trials fashion

H&H columnist Harry Meade makes a statement with his trousers.

Badminton Horse Trials fashion

Paul Tapner goes all out with a patterned blue jacket, a red waistcoat and an appropriately-themed shirt.

Alexander Whewall starts his Badminton debut with Chakiris Star in a shirt from The Oxford Shirt Company and a little waistcoat.

Badminton Horse Trials fashion

A long turquoise coat with double buttons, a scarf, white jeans and boots for Becky Woolven — and they set off Charlton Down Riverdance’s long white socks to perfection.

Badminton Horse Trials fashion

Tight leather trousers and checks for Dee Kennedy as she presents Chequers Playboy.

Badminton Horse Trials fashion

Georgie Strang wears a Hicks and Brown fedora and an animal print skirt, plus The Kensington boots by Fairfax & Favor, to trot up Cooley Earl.

Badminton Horse Trials fashion

Italy’s Giovanni Ugolotti takes the HiHo Silver prize for the best-dresssed male rider as he trots up Cult Rewind in uniform.

William Fox-Pitt dons red trousers to present Fernhill Pimms.

Selena O’Hanlon (Foxwood High) keeps Canada’s end up in a blue and white striped dress.

Badminton Horse Trials fashion

The Windsor Jacket in navy and red from Holland Cooper — plus matching red detail on her boots — wins the HiHo Silver best-dressed female prize for Louise Harwood, with her ride Mr Potts.

Badminton Horse Trials fashion

Alex Bragg, in a smart jacket and waistcoat, and Redpath Ransom.

Badminton Horse Trials fashion

Virginia Thompson, in a skirt with a net upper layer and gold trimmings, with Star Nouveau.

Pictures by Peter Nixon

Read our full Badminton preview in the current issue of Horse & Hound (issue dated 26 April 2018), plus a full form guide for every horse and rider

Our bumper 24-page Badminton report will be in our 10 May issue, including opinion from Oliver Townend, Mark Phillips and Peter Storr.