Despite the calmer weather of the first horse inspection many of the equines presented looked in great shape after the cross country test. All credit to the hard work of the grooms and support teams who work effortlessly to ensure impeccable turnout and sound horses. Indeed, many riders had to hold on tight to their very fresh steeds.
The second and final horse inspection had an air of a relaxed Sunday morning, with a great turn out of supporters and eventing fans. However, despite a relaxed crowd, the riders always know that the tables could turn if their horses aren’t deemed sound enough to start the final show jumping phase. There is always that air of uncertainty and spectacle which makes a trot up a ‘must watch’ part of any international event.
The tone was more casual, with several riders wearing denim with jackets, a dressed down version of their Wednesday outfits. Many dressed in subtle tweeds that reflect the colours of the environment, the gravel and stone of Badminton House. With the weather cool, tweed, cord and velvet made their usual appearances. Charlotte Agnew again braved the weather to wear a very neat blue and cream brocade dress and fascinator hair pin. She is notable for wearing clothing that suits her fine build and beautiful hair colouring.
Jackets were worn en force and a popular style this year appears to be a neat biker style in either wool or leather. A refreshing move away from hacking jackets and capes which are becoming very staple styles in eventer’s wardrobes.
One brand that has soared into the limelight during Badminton week has been luxury shoe retailer Fairfax and Favor. Their classic long suede boots were worn by many of the female riders and also the fashion tour de force Ben Hobday, who sported their classic brown Chelsea boots. The only riders to receive a collective ahhhh from the crowds who are all signed up members of the V8 super cob’s fan club.
Two notable riders who stood out for their classic taste and well-cut outfits were the Emily Llewellyn, wearing a cut away hacking jacket in multiple tweeds, striped shirt, bright blue jeans and boots. A simple ensemble which looked beguiling alongside her bay horse. In description it wasn’t a daring choice but the reality looked original and was an ideal outfit to present a horse in on a Sunday.
This year the men have upped their game and EWW was pleased to see the delightful Ben Way looking classic but very smart. A first timer at Badminton, wearing a combination of navy trousers, pink shirt and blazer he really stood out as a rider who made an effort with his appearance. A neat gold tie pin was a smart accessory which added detail and a personal touch. A rider to look out for in the future in terms of style and ability after riding a convincing clear round in yesterday’s cross country phase.Nikki Goldup
Photographs Courtesy of Lauren Causer