Excitement levels are reaching fever-pitch Horse & Hound HQ ahead this year’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (2-6 May 2018), with the first horse inspection kicking off at 4.30pm this afternoon (2 May) and the first rider taking to the dressage arena tomorrow morning at 9am (3 May).

Take a look at the equine and human stars making their arrival on the hallowed turf…

Lissa Green and Hollyfield

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The daughter of six-time Badminton victor Lucinda settles in with the 14-year-old gelding Hollyfield

Chris Bartle

Expertise on hand: the World Class British Performance Coach is spotted in the stables 

Simon Grieve and Drumbilla Metro

Not your average stables: the 11-year-old Drumbilla Metro takes a sneak peek of his fellow residents for the weekend

Harry Meade and Away Cruising

The Badminton local bumps into his son after a (wet) morning ride. A Pony Club star in the making?

Ben Hobday and Mulrys Error

Calling all cob fans: Mulrys Error the ‘super cob’ is ready for action

Kate Honey and Fernill Now Or Never

Thirty-three-year-old Kate is ready for her Badminton debut with Fernill Now Or Never

Tom Jackson and Waltham Fiddlers Find

Tom’s ride makes the most of that iconic grazing spot…

Lydia Hannon and My Royal Touch

Twenty-nine-year-old Lydia hits the road with her precious load

William Fox-Pitt and Fernhill Pimms

William’s wife Alice snaps his ride Fernhill Pimms settled into his stable — the same one that 2015 winner Chill Morning was in…

Georgie Strang and Cooley Earl

What a view! Cooley Earl takes in his surroundings ahead of making his Badminton debut

Today is your last chance to get your hands on our special Badminton preview issue of Horse & Hound magazine (26 April 2018), complete with our exclusive course walk with Mary King

The full report and analysis from this year’s event will be published in the 10 May issue of Horse & Hound magazine