Since 1949 Badminton Horse Trials have been one of the highlights of the eventing season, and as part of the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing, is certainly the place to be seen. From gaggles of horsey teenagers, to seasoned experts in eccentric hats and moth-nibbled tweed, there is no in, or out crowd here, just a perfect demonstration of the countryside community in unison.
If you’re heading to the trials, whether it’s for just a day, or for the entire three-day event, early May weather can be unpredictable – in fact Badminton has been cancelled several times over the years thanks to inclement conditions. Dressing for outdoors events in spring is a key consideration, as nothing can spoil your fun like a bit of discomfort! The Zambuni team have curated a selection of this season’s best pieces for, rain or shine, to ensure that you can strut through across the Badminton arena in style and comfort. Your attention will be fully tracked on the competition and not the discomfort of your clothes.
If the weather is fine, there’s nothing better than a sturdy pair of Chelsea boots to see well in the countryside in Spring. Penelope Chilvers, £269
Embrace the warmer weather in this delicately patterned silk shirt. Orvis, £99
Take countryside classics into the warmer months, but still keep the chill away with this stunning reversible rabbit fur gilet. William Evans, £270
Add the finishing touch to your outfit with a stunning cashmere and silk pashmina stole. Pickett, £125
Snuggle into this lightweight cashmere knit in a lovely spring colour. It’s the perfect under layer if the sun does decide to make an appearance. N.Peal £239
Keep yourself dry in this classic field coat. A flattering fit will keep you feeling stylish and cosy. Badminton Jacket. Musto, £499
If it’s looking slightly muddier underfoot, step into these Spanish style riding boots. If they’re good enough for a royal trek in Bhutan, they are certainly good enough for Badminton. Penelope Chilvers, £475
Keep your hair dry and rain out of your face with a trilby so you can really appreciate what is going on in the competition. Really Wild from William Evans, £79