The latest addition to Edward Gal’s stable may be gold, but it’s not a smart new palomino.

The dressage supremo has been kitted out with golden boots courtesy of Petrie, Edward’s riding boot sponsors.

But the bling boots have split opinion.

Reactions on H&H’s Facebook page range from Amy McGrady’s, “Go ahead. If we are not having fun, why are we doing it?” to Susanne Madsen’s quip: “The Only Way is Essex called. They want their boots back.”

If Edward is willing to stray this far away from the strictures of dressage norms H&H wonders whether he might go the whole hog and don a golden tailcoat and glittery top hat.

This news story was first published in the current issue of Horse & Hound (9 June, 2011)