A beginner’s guide to Badminton……

In a series of blogs, Eventing Worldwide provides first time visitors with everything they need to know about visiting the world’s most famous equestrian event – from what to wear to the best places to view the action and everything in between……..

For some people, 2015 will be their first visit to the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials. So Eventing Worldwide is sharing its knowledge of the event and how you can get the most from your time on the hallowed turf, from what to wear, the best places to see the course and how to keep up with all the latest news.

What to wear……..

What you wear to Badminton largely depends on the weather. Over the years, this has swung from one extreme to the other – 2011 was an absolute scorcher compared to last year’s gale force wind! While there is an element of choosing clothing which is practical for a day out at Badminton, there’s still plenty of opportunity to make a style statement.

Footwear is all important. Let’s be honest, you’re going to be on your feet for most of the day, whichever day you go, and nobody wants to go home with blisters. Ariat (Stand 261, Beaufort Way) is the go-to brand for stylish country footwear whatever the weather. The stylish brand offers a wide range of on-trend footwear, from tall boots – such as the Kendal H20 which are perfect for when the going is good to soft – to the Portland – a perfect example of a stylish yet practical every day country shoe which is most suited when the going is good.

Should we be lucky enough to have the sun shine on Badminton, then Uvex is the brand of choice for eventers to shield their eyes from the bright rays. Sported by equestrian ‘It Boy’ and Badminton competitor Ben Hobday, the stylish range of glasses are bang on trend for the sporty yet stylish look for both the ladies and gents.

Annabel Brocks is another favourite amongst the equestrian community and perfect if the weather is on the chilly side. This sophisticated brand offers a range of stylish headbands and scarves in faux fur, woollen tweeds and velvets making them a must have that will keep you warm when the wind blows. The beauty of Annabel Brocks is are designs for everyone; from muted earthy tones to velvet neutrals and punchy fuscia statement pieces. They were a must have item for Cheltenham, and Badminton will be no different. Readers of Eventing Worldwide can take advantage of complimentary gift boxes and 10% off any orders until the end of April. Please use the following discount code at the checkout EWWAPRIL10.

Badminton may be the premier equestrian event in the world, but jodhpurs can probably be left at home. Take a leaf out of the elegant outfits chosen by the riders for the trot up. There are a plethora of choices for stylish jeans, chinos and trousers – shorts and capris is the weather is good – from the likes of Crew Clothing (Stand 53, Swangrove Street) and Joules (Stand 16, Worcester Way) for ladies and gents alike. A smart shirt from the likes of Thomas & Co (Stand 225, Withybed Way), The Oxford Shirt Company (Stand 165, Swangrove Street) and Really Wild Clothing (Stand 186, Deer Park Drive) are safe bets in the style stakes. If the weather is on the chilly side a smart jacket or blazer is essential and expect to be wearing full on waterproofs it the heavens open.

You definitely won’t want to carry anything to heavy around with you all day, but you still need something to carry all the essentials. We’re loving the Elena Brown Handbag from Joshua Jones (Stand 209, Severn Mile Street) – it’s simple, elegant stylish and above all practical.

In out next blog we’ll look at the best places to get up close to the action and how to miss the traffic.


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