Wednesday 5th May
Sunday 9th May, 2021

Behind the scenes at the 1st Horse Inspection with Hiho Silver

"An array of on trend capes, over the knee boots, high heels and military uniforms were on parade"

Hiho Silver  brand ambassador Sophie Callaghan joined the Badminton team today to share her experience of the First Horse Inspection of the 2017 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.

Every year, the first horse inspection, or ‘trot up’ at Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, is not only a tense event for the riders, hoping that their horses are passed to compete, but it’s become quite a spectacle for equine fashion fanatics, too.

With Hiho Silver, equestrian and country jewellers, sponsoring this years new prize for best dressed awards, there were some beautiful prizes up for grabs and both beautiful and unusual outfits were out in force.

An array of on trend capes, over the knee boots, high heels and military uniforms on parade, there was a little of everything for our judges to choose from.

The judging panel, made up of Hiho Silver representatives, including brand ambassador Emily King, had stated that they were looking for ensembles that were coordinated and smart, but that also had gone the extra mile to stand out.

Taking the top spot were Australia’s Paul Tapner, for the men, wearing an original waistcoat, tweed and horse-print shirt combo, topped with a daring wooden bow tie. His outfit was by Claudio Lugli, who are exhibiting in the Countryside Magazine Stand, here at Badminton.

For the ladies, Great Britain’s Danielle Dunn was the lucky chosen winner. Danielle was dressed in a bespoke Charleston Couture jacket and hat, paired with boots by Equiclass and watch by Abbott Lyon.

The winners walked away with a beautiful cherry roller bangle for the girls and a pair of cuff-links and gift voucher for the guys. The judges commented that they had had to be brutal in their decision making, with so many fabulous front runners to choose from, but that in the end it had come down to originality and attention to detail.

You can visit Hiho Silver this week at Badminton 3-7 May on their stand number 192 to check out their full range.

Watch the two winners in the horse inspection here: