What to wear at Badminton Horse Trials

Competition season is now upon us and it’s time to choose the perfect outfit for your next horse event. 

On our list of must-attend events is the Badminton Horse Trials. Taking place in May at the Badminton House and Estate in Gloucestershire, the Horse Trials first began in 1949.  

Entrants travel from all over the globe to compete in the prestigious three-day event, which is one of only six competitions in the world to have a five-star CCI rating (Concours Complet International). 

Competitors are required to showcase their strengths and abilities across three equestrian disciplines. These include, dressage (to test accuracy, discipline and obedience), cross country (to test stamina and athleticism) and show jumping (to test agility and accuracy at speed).  

Alongside the competitions, visitors can also enjoy dressage displays, a dog agility arena, the Shetland Pony Grand National, as well as a fun fair and shopping village. 

What makes a good Badminton Horse Trials outfit? 

There is no set dress code for Badminton, but we would suggest wearing something that is comfortable and weather appropriate. Make sure you keep an eye on the weather forecast, so that you can be as prepared as possible for the unpredictable British weather. 

Taking layers is the best way to keep stylish and warm. A polo shirt can be paired with a fleece jacket for instance, or a gilet could be slipped on over a hoodie. 

Badminton often involves walking 5 miles around the cross-country course, so expect to be on your feet for most of the day. Flat boots, smart trainers or wellingtons will help your feet feel supported all day long.  

If you fancy going super casual, or even smart casual, we’ve got the outfit choices for you. 

Badminton Horse Trials outfits for women 

Pikeur waterproof jackets 

The Pikeur Xila Classix Sports Waterproof Parka Jacket is ideal for rainy weather as it features a handy detachable hood. The jacket is also designed for comfort with bi-elastic and stretch insert on the inside of the sleeves. 

Available in a desirable peach colour, you’ll fit right in at any spring and summer events this year. 

For a shorter jacket option, the Pikeur Balida Sports Ladies Waterproof Jacket is a superb choice especially if it’s feeling warmer but there are showers on the horizon. 

Created using a waterproof and breathable outer fabric, this jacket also boasts an innovative ‘detached’ rear yoke with a mesh lining. This encourages and increases airflow, so that you keep feeling fresh and cool. 

Pikeur fleece jackets 

This Pikeur Philine Selection Tech Fleece Jacket will ensure you’re kept comfortable throughout the day with its soft 3D-knit-functional fabric and four-way stretch.  

It is also embellished using stylish rhinestones in the labelling and elasticated hem which will glint subtly in the sun. 

Alternatively, the Pikeur Odelia fleece jacket will provide you with more of a sporty look. This jacket is great if you’re on your feet all day as it has good sweat absorption and is made with soft and stretchy fabric for a cosy feeling. 

Ariat riding tights 

The Ariat Ladies EOS Moto Full Seat Riding Tights are the perfect tights for everyday wear. Walk the Badminton grounds in comfort thanks to their pull-on style and wide waistband. 

Ariat polo shirt 

If the weather is sunny and dry, the Ariat Taryn Button Polo Shirt is perfect.  

Featuring an embroidered Ariat logo and contrast colour blocking, this fashionable top is tech savvy with Moisture Movement Technology™ and ClimateTEK smart technology to regulate the body’s temperature whatever the weather. 

Ariat hoodie 

Throw on an extra layer in the afternoon with the Ariat Women’s Just Hoodie. A staple in most equestrian’s wardrobes, the Just Hoodie is crafted with organic cotton for a cosy, plush feel, and features a cropped, easy to wear silhouette. 

Ariat jackets 

This Ariat Ladies Hybrid Jacket provides excellent lightweight warmth. Made with stretch fleece side panels and sleeves to provide an optimum and cosy fit, it’s the perfect layer for throwing on at an event. 

If you’re a loyal equestrian fan, the Ariat Spectator H20 Ladies Jacket is a must-have. Designed for spectators who brave the outdoor elements at ringside, it’s made using robust, waterproof fabric which offers superior performance in any weather. 

LeMieux jackets 

If it’s not given rain, but you need a lightweight jacket whilst watching the competitions, the LeMieux Astra Jacket is ideal. 

Combining function and style with a tailored yet unrestrictive fit, this high-quality jacket is the ultimate choice for summer. 

LeMieux breeches 

The LeMieux Summer ActiveWear Pull On Breeches offer a flattering fit for everyday wear. They’re comfortable whilst riding, around the yard or when attending events.  

They also feature elasticated phone pockets on both sides to keep your valuables secure, which is super handy at a show. 

Men’s outfits for the Badminton Horse Trials 

LeMieux gilet 

This stylish LeMieux Elite Mens Gilet has a breathable and water-resistant outer shell to withstand wind and light rain. It also has handy internal and external zip pockets to save you having to carry your belongings around Badminton. 

Ariat jacket 

If you would prefer a long-sleeved jacket, the Ariat Spectator Mens Team Jacket boasts style and practicality.  

The two-way zipper and signature Ariat Team branding make this jacket a great choice for anyone. 

Badminton Horse Trials clothing for kids 

Ariat riding tights 

Your kids can match with you in the Ariat Kids EOS Riding Tights. They are easy to pull on, breathable and comfortable, making them perfect for a long day at the Horse Trials. 

Ariat jacket 

Keep your little one warm if the weather takes a turn for the worse by dressing them in the Ariat Spectator Team Junior Waterproof Jacket. It has been perfectly designed with AriatTEK® EcoDRY technology to ensure the water stays out and the heat stays in. It’s also super stylish. 


Ariat sweatshirt 

The Ariat Youth Team Logo Full Zip Sweatshirt is soft and comfortable with modern-style kangaroo pockets and high funnel neck. A great choice for fashion-conscious kids. 

LeMieux polo shirt 

Add a pop of colour to your children’s wardrobe with this LeMieux Mini Polo Shirt. Available in a range of summery colours, including papaya, bluebell and watermelon, it’s perfect for this year’s event season. 

Footwear for Badminton Horse Trials 

Le Chameau wellies 

If it’s looking like it might be a wet weekend, you can style the Le Chameau Vierzonord Ladies Wellington Boots with your outfit of choice. The ultimate in all year-round waterproof boots, these are both functional and stylish. 

They also feature a warm, insulating lining that will keep you comfortable and cosy all day. 

Ariat boots 

The Ariat Skyline Mid H20 Boots are constructed for durability. They are a waterproof versatile boot which have extra protection around the toe and heel, so are ideal for large, crowded events. 

Ariat trainers 

For a day when you’re on your feet a lot, the Ariat Ignite Eco trainers are a great fit. An eco-update to the Ignite Trainer, they will keep you moving effortlessly and easily with BLOOM™ plant-based cushioning foam midsole. 

Pikeur sneakers 

These Pikeur Onou Sneakers are the ultimate choice for casual wear away from the horses. They are exceptionally lightweight and airy, even in warm weather.  

Their thick memory foam sole also provides increased shock absorption which adjusts to the wearer’s foot for a bespoke fit, making them more than suitable for a long weekend at the Horse Trials. 

Dress your dog for a day at the Badminton Horse Trials 

Kentucky dog coats 

Don’t forget about your four-legged friends this competition season. The Kentucky Dogwear Rain Coat is designed for dogs who like to be protected from the rain, but don’t need that extra layer of warmth. 

The coat is fitted with a hole to allow you to attach a lead, so you can safely secure your dog whilst at an event. 

Kentucky dog collars 

Keep your dog looking smart in the Kentucky Dogwear Plaited Nylon Collar. A soft and stylish dog collar that is a canine must, the collar features a strong and durable brass ring to securely attach a dog lead to. This is perfect for the Horse Trials where your dog must remain on a lead at all times. 

What to wear at the Badminton Horse Trials from Edgemere 

We have a huge selection of clothing suitable for your upcoming trip to the Badminton Horse Trials. Whether you need a lightweight jacket for potential rain or a comfortable pair of trainers to prepare you for being on your feet all day, you can count on Edgemere. 

Visit our website to choose your outfit. We hope you thoroughly enjoy your visit to the Horse Trials! 

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Posted on: 05/05/2022
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