Everyone knows that riders are a gutsy crowd — you need a fair amount of courage to throw yourself over a sizeable hedge or a gaping ditch. But it turns out we’re fairly fearless when it comes to stripping off too.

Take a look at our pick of charity naked calendars for 2017 — and dig deep to make all the standing around in the cold worthwhile. It shouldn’t be a great hardship having one of these on your tackroom wall…

Royal Holloway Riding’s Naked Calendar

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“We shot the photos before our lectures in -2.5 degrees — not sure if the students or the ponies were the least impressed!” — Corranne Wheeler, Royal Holloway Riding Captain

Price: £TBC
In aid of: Riding for the Disabled Association
Email: riding@su.rhul.ac.uk

Tivyside Hunt

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“We chose Wales Air Ambulance as we live in such a rural area and it has provided a lifeline for us and the local people people on many occasions. Photos were taken on local farms, on top of a mountain and at the hunt kennels.” — Stacy Fletcher
Price: £10
In aid of: Wales Air Ambulance
Contact: Maggie on 07741242893

Hunks and Horses

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“The calendar was inspired by Aaron who is a testicular cancer survivor and features in the calendar himself with his amazing friends; and World Horse Welfare Melody who we re-homed as a youngster before she returned to the charity to find a ridden home.” — Kim Smith
Price: £6
In aid of: World Horse Welfare and (Testicular) Cancer Research
Email: www.hunksandhorses.co.uk

University polo teams

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“We have recently been taking photos for a collaborative university polo team calendar, in aid of cancer charity Look Good Feel Better, which helps women with the side effects of cancer treatment. We have 13 university polo clubs who have each taken a picture to create a 13 month calendar (Jan 2017-Jan 2018). It has been set up and organised by Luke Sandys-Renton of Brighton University Polo Club and 100% of proceeds will be going to charity” — Kamil Simpson, UWE Bristol Polo President
Price: £12.99
In aid of: Cancer charity Look Good Feel Better
Visit: www.hashtagpolo.co.uk

 In aid of Kate Anne Douglas

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“Kate Anne — who is the cover girl of the calendar —  has stage four cancer, where treatment can only be supplied in Germany at a cost of around £250,000” — Ellen Blackburn
Price: £10
In aid of: cancer treatment for Kate Anne Douglas
Email:  ellen.blackburn99@gmail.com

The Foxy Hunters Charity Calendar

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“I have done this calendar for eight years now. It started when a friend of mine and my wife’s had a riding accident whilst taking part in a team chase at Highclere. If it wasn’t for the swift intervention of the Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance
it’s highly likely that she would not still be with us. They airlifted her to the John Radcliffe hospital where she immediately underwent lifesaving surgery. She is now back riding and working and also has recently had a daughter.” —  David Betteridge, photographer
Price: £13.50
In aid of: Air Ambulance
Visit: www.foxyhunters.co.uk

JCU Veterinary Science Graduates

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Price: $20 (£16)
In aid of: Tie Up the Black Dog, a charity which raises money to help those in rural areas with depression.
Visit: www.vetsuncovered.com