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In a break from his eventing schedule Mark Todd has been teaching soldiers how to ride and drive horses this week.

The double Olympic champion has been helping run a four-day intensive training course for wounded soldiers before they take part in the Horses Help Heroes challenge this summer.

The five soldiers are part of a group of 12 who hope to raise more than £1 million by driving a replica WWI horse-drawn ambulance from Land’s End to John O’Groats in just ten days this summer.

Soldiers will ride the outrider horses that will accompany the ambulance.

Paramedic Jacks El Tawil, who will ride on the ambulance for the full ten days of the challenge, said: “The challenge will be a real test of both human and equestrian endurance.

“Training sessions are therefore an essential part of planning the challenge to ensure that specific problems from injuries can be addressed before facing the endurance conditions of the drive.”