It might not be considered correct hunting attire, but on the day of the Bilsdale and the Hurworth’s final joint meet of the season, Peter Hunt will turn up without a saddle.

That’s if he survives the traditional Bilsdale “gallop” before the meet – covering a couple of miles and some 25 fences – which Peter will also tackle bareback.

The stunt is in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Help for Heroes.

It is all the more remarkable given that Peter only started riding five years ago when he got engaged to his wife Jen – whose horse, Ron, he will be riding.

“Ron will give anything a go,” Peter told H&H. “As long as I can stay with him, we’ll be fine.”

And Peter is confident that the day won’t end with a callout for the target of his fundraising efforts.

“People who’ve watched me jump bareback have commented that I am actually more stable without a saddle,” he said.

www.justgiving.com/teams/withoutasaddle.

This news story was first published in the current issue of H&H (8 March 2012)