Former Olympic event rider Jane Holderness-Roddam is undertaking a new challenge — a tandem skydive to raise money for Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA).

“It sounds mad,” said 61-year-old Jane who will dive from a plane on 11 October.

Jane is aiming to raise £10,000 for the RDA before next spring when she retires as the association’s national chairman after nine years.

“The Riding for the Disabled Association is a wonderful charity that helps people with disabilities to ride or carriage drive to improve their health and wellbeing,” said Jane. “The funds raised by my skydive will be used to support the RDA’s 40th Anniversary Appeal.”

The RDA currently has around 500 groups across the UK, helping 24,000 riders, supported by some 18,000 volunteers.

Jane Holderness-Roddam was the first woman to ride on a British Olympic eventing team, winning team gold at the Mexico City Olympic Games in 1968 and twice winning Badminton. She now owns West Kington Stud in Wiltshire, is president of British Eventing and was this year awarded the British Horse Society (BHS) Queen’s Award for Equestrianism.

To sponsor Jane, visit www.justgiving.com/Jane-Holderness-Roddam