Badminton kicks off in style!

Is there anything more classy than a man in a well-cut suit? Our Badminton boys prove it's true!

The stage is set in front of the magnificent Badminton House (Image: Libby Law)
The stage is set in front of the magnificent Badminton House (Image: Libby Law)

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!

Image: Libby Law)
(Image: Libby Law)

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.

(image: Libby Law)
(image: Libby Law)

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.

(image: Libby Law)
(image: Libby Law)

Husband Tim spurned a suit for a vest-and-trews combo, and managed to trot up perfectly in time with Ringwood Sky Boy. Nice!

Image: Libby Law)
(Image: Libby Law)

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!

Image: Libby Law)
Jesse Campbell in Jock Paget’s suit, with Kaapachino. New Zealander Andrew Bennie looks smart in his suit too, as one of the Ground Jury. (Image: Libby Law)

Jesse Campbell (Kaapachino) was another Kiwi bloke to choose a conservative suit, pairing his with a spotted midnight blue tie and an impressive timepiece.

Image: Libby Law)
(Image: Libby Law)

Blyth Tait, meanwhile, managed to find a pair of trousers that exactly match Bear Necessity’s bay coat. We’re in awe.

(image: Libby Law)
(image: Libby Law)

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!

Clarke and Balmoral Sensation looked smart and stylish, we thought anyway!
Clarke and Balmoral Sensation in fine fettle

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.

(Image: Libby Law)
(Image: Libby Law)

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!