Hundreds of riders are preparing for the pinkest date in the equine calendar.

The Speedgate Equestrian Centre’s Ride for Life at Fawkham, Kent, is now in its third year and will take place on 6 and 7 June.

“When the ride was first launched we had no idea it would be this popular, and enthusiasm has just grown and grown. It is a cause close to many people’s hearts,” said organiser Nicky Barnes, 25, who is the events manager at Speedgate.

Horses and riders will be dressed top-to-tail in pink for the event, which is themed “Think Pink”. They will raise thousands of pounds for Cancer Research UK as they ride over10 miles of beautiful Kent countryside.

“Last year around 320 riders helped us to raise more than £30,000 for Cancer Research, so we have a huge target to beat this year,” Nicky added.

This year Speedgate has also designed pink Ride for Life t-shirts which can be worn on the ride or kept as souvenirs. Retailing at £5, with all proceeds going to Cancer research UK, they are available to buy in advance from Speedgate, or can be bought on the day.

“This is a lovely and unusual event to take part in and to watch — it’s very pink and it’s growing by the year,” said Jane Krafft, area volunteer manager for Cancer Research UK.

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