High fashion and high drama were top billing on Badminton Wednesday with the CCI**** first horse inspection. Taking more of a centre stage than it ever used to the trot ups have become the equestrian world's focal runway. With riders not only conscious of an 'accepted' announcement but also a best dressed award, the 4* jog has quickly become a the 4th phase, or should that be the 1st phase of the competition.
High drama ensued as Olympic Gold and Silver medallist Asiter Nicolas and Piaf De Beneville were sent to the holding box, closely followed by Laura Collett and Grand Manoeuvre. With gasps from the crowd and murmers in the media enclosure both horses were later represented and accepted.
Laura as usual looked resplendent in her Holland Cooper, Cooper Tweed Cape in Camel, paired with the newly launched Fairfax & Favor Amira boots. Trot up style at its most classic.
Another opting for the sensible yet stylish option of the Fairfax & Favor boots (this time the classic Regina), this time opting for the Beauchamp Blazer from Sporting Hares.
An array ofr suited and booted male riders looked more 5* than 4*, however the appearance of denim jeans for such an occasion still doesn't hit the spot for our team. There is something about a sharp cut suit, or chinos and jacket that look the part for this big occasion, leaving a standard pair jeans to look a little too low key.
This year's trot up saw HiHo Silver sponsor the best dressed prize, awarding it to Badminton first timer, Danielle Dunn, sporting a bespoke creation by Helena Smith of Charleston Couture, made especially for the occasion.