An award-winning equestrian artist is auctioning off one of her pieces of work online, with all proceeds going to help the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.

Laura-Barber Riley, from Darlington, said: “The piece is based on some photos I took of Brief Respite being washed off at Badminton Horse Trials in 2009.

“It was one of my earliest pieces but it will never be exhibited so it made sense to make the best use of it.

“It is terrible what has happened in Japan so hopefully this oil painting will help raise some much needed funds.”

Laura has twice exhibited at the Society of Equestrian Artists Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London.

She also won the Ingleton-Beer Associates Prize in 2009 for the best depiction of horse and rider.

To bid for the piece, which has no reserve, visit http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180639970190

At the time of writing the item had already received 17 bids with a current winning price of £165.13

Bidding closes 22 March 2011 at 8pm.