All 84 entries for the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials have passed the first horse inspection, with only one rider facing the uncomfortable experience of being sent to the holding box.
Italy’s Marco Biasia’s ride Tatchou was accepted after being represented to the ground jury.
As always a wide array of horse flesh was on display, showing the variety of equine athletes at the pinnacle of the sport. There were also all shapes and sizes of riders, wearing a range of outfits, from staid suits to short mini dresses.
On a day when the weather ranged from bright sunshine to a tad chilly and overcast, several riders sported sunglasses and there was arrange of bling on display from browbands to jackets, jewellery to boots.
In no particular order, here is our five favourite outfits seen on the
catwalk trot-up strip this afternoon.
Canada’s Rebecca Howard was the picture of understated elegance in her simple white shirt and dark jeans.
Vittoria Panizzon from Italy looked great as usual in her uniform.
Hannah Bate’s tweed ensemble matched long culottes with a stylish jacket.
Sweden’s Ludwig Svennerstal set a new standard, sporting the first bow tie I’ve seen at a trot-up.
And last, but by no means least, Caroline Powell made understated bling look good wearing a gold jacket.
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