It’s the opening day at Badminton, and before the brave riders and their gallant horses get down to the serious business of the toughest four-star event in the world, it’s time to strut out on the catwalk…. the trot-up track, that is!
Zara Tindall (with High Kingdom) was one of the many female riders who rocked white jeans, and looked both practical and cosy in her houndstooth peacoat.
But our leading lady Jonelle Price (with Classic Moet) isn’t afraid to set her own trends, and was a breath of spring sunshine in her paisley print dress, golden locks flowing.
Husband Tim spurned a suit for a vest-and-trews combo, and managed to trot up perfectly in time with Ringwood Sky Boy. Nice!
Dan Jocelyn (with Beaucatcher) was on point with his sorbet colour blocking, providing a seasonal touch to his navy suit, and accessorised to perfection with stylish shades. It transpires that Jesse lost his car keys while walking the course and borrowed Jock Paget’s spare suit, although we understand Jesse thought the trousers were a bit short for him but they don’t look too bad here!
Jesse Campbell (Kaapachino) was another Kiwi bloke to choose a conservative suit, pairing his with a spotted midnight blue tie and an impressive timepiece.
Blyth Tait, meanwhile, managed to find a pair of trousers that exactly match Bear Necessity’s bay coat. We’re in awe.
In fact, New Zealand riders caught the eye and comments of many, with Horse & Hound calling out Lucy Jackson for her ‘outlandish’ Robin Hood-style hat, which was certainly eye-catching!
Horse & Hound also suggested that Clarke Johnstone’s pairing of a navy suit with brown shoes was perhaps not the done thing, though they admired his tartan scarf. We thought he looked a class act.
And of course, none looked better than our dapper Knight, Sir Mark Todd (with Leonidas). All the horses passed the first inspection, though Jonelle had a few anxious moments when Classic Moet was put on hold. It’s all eyes to the dressage arena now – go Kiwis!