Red-nosed riders are raising money for charity this week.

Competitors at Oasby Horse Trials in Lincolnshire (10-13 March) have been wearing red for Sport Relief.

Organisers Bede Ltd is donating £1 from each start fee to the cause.

Despite Thursday’s (10 March) classes being cancelled due to heavy rain overnight, the remaining three days of competition — boasting around 900 entries — are due to go ahead.

“We know Tapers [Paul Tapner] will find this one easy, but for everyone else you can go as full on or be as subtle as you like,” said a statement on Bede’s website.

“Hat silks, tops, breeches and numnahs (allowed under new British Eventing rules for the cross country only), boots, body protectors, brow bands and anything else you can think of all count.

“You helped us raise in excess of £2000 for comic relief last year – we’d love you to dig deep and help us to beat that this year.”

Collection buckets will be going round the event and there is also an online donations page at my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/rednoasby

Bids are also open until noon on Sunday (13 March) for a silent auction in aid of the cause.

Prizes include a year’s membership to British Eventing as well as a lesson and yard tour with four-star eventer Lauren Shannon.

Email bids to: marketing@britisheventing.com

Sport Relief is part of Comic Relief — a UK charity that supports people facing hard times across the UK and the world’s poorest communities.

Since 2002, Sport Relief has raised more than £262million.