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Badminton Horse Trials Style Diary: Zara Phillips leads the way at the Trot Up

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The sun was shining brightly for the opening horse inspection at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials yesterday as riders presented their mounts to the judges. Crowds and media gathered excitedly in front of the glorious stately home to catch a first glimpse of the competitors that will be taking part in the world renowned event over Bank Holiday weekend.

The horses looked immaculate and the riders equally chic. Many of the female competitors opted for smart-casual attire. Zara Phillips lead the way by teaming white bootleg jeans with a striking burgundy jacket.

Zara Phillips wore white jeans with a burgendy jacket

Zara Phillips wore white jeans with a burgendy jacket

Charlotte Agnew was very on trend in a mint green dress that was apt for the sunny day and moved beautifully in the breeze. She opted for black tights and matching black ankle boots with a modest wedge.

Charlotte Agnew chose a mint green dress with black ankle boots

Charlotte Agnew chose a mint green dress with black ankle boots

Olivia Wilmot shared her style secrets with The Sloaney beforehand and explained the importance of comfortable footwear; “I like to wear a slight heel but I need to be able to run comfortably alongside my horse. Skinny jeans and a smart jacket will normally be my outfit of choice for the occasion”. She stuck to her word and looked striking in a black blazer and hot pink trousers.

Olivia Wilmot also opted for jeans but in hot pink

Olivia Wilmot opted for hot pink trousers

German Event Rider, Ingrid Klimke, showcased an equestrian inspired outfit that comprised a skirt featuring a pretty horse pattern. She matched this with a simple orange vest top that was worn beneath a fitted beige jersey jacket.

Ingrid Klimke

Ingrid Klimke

Mary King received a warm welcome as one of Britain’s most popular riders who played a key role in winning the team silver medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Her pastel outfit certainly turned heads; the blue and white striped jacket complemented by pale blue jeans.

Mary King in pastel shades

Mary King in pastel shades

Laura Collett donned a traditional tweed jacket with a fuchsia pink pocket trim. She followed Zara’s lead with some white skinny jeans that were tucked into a pair of chunky tan boots.

Laura Collett

Laura Collett

Meanwhile, the men were not to be outdone by the women in the style stakes. Swedish rider Ludwig Svennerstal was dressed to impress in a tux, Irish rider Jim Newsam was also suited and booted with William Fox Pitt and Harry Meade opting for classic tweed.

Ludwig Svennerstal wore a Tux

Ludwig Svennerstal wore a Tux

Irish rider Jim Newsam

Irish rider Jim Newsam

William Fox Pitt

William Fox Pitt in tweed

Harry Meade also picked tweed for the occassion

Harry Meade also picked tweed for the occassion

If you are visiting Badminton Horse Trials over the weekend and don’t know what to wear for the occasion, take some inspiration from our Editor’s Style Guide. You can also watch video highlights on our brand spanking new video channel here!

 Photographs, Sarah Bacon, assisted by Kerinne Bunting; Fashion reporting, Laura Toogood

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