The Anthony Nolan Trust is launching a silent auction where people can bid for the chance to spend a week with one of Britain’s top riders.

Called ‘A week with your equestrian hero’, the auction is the brainchild of one of the trust’s area managers, George Walker and his wife Jenny. They have persuaded members of the equestrian world to donate a week of their time to help raise funds for the charity that helps leukaemia sufferers.

Among the celebrities on offer are leading show jumpers John Whitaker and Tim Stockdale, whohave both offered to take successful bidders under their wing for a week. You could be involved in their busy yards and may even have an opportunity to ride or accompany them to a show.

If you prefer eventing, then Pippa Funnell, fresh from her recent Badminton win, and her husband William are offering the chance to spend a week with them at their yard in Surrey.

From the world of showing, Robert Oliver will be available to teach you a thing or two about hunters, hacks andshow cobs.

For dressage fans there is the chance to spend a week at Catherston Stud with Jennie Loriston – Clarke MBE, FBHS, NPSD. She has represented Britain in no less than 4 Olympic games and been the only British dressage rider to win a medal at the World Equestrian Games.

Others up for auction include Kelly Marks, carriage driver Mark Broadbent LHHI, racing trainer Ian Semple as well as a week’s polo training at Hurstwood Park.

If none of the above tickle your fancy then how about spending the day with the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery? You and a friend could join them in their morning parade through London, enjoy lunch with the troops and then spend the afternoon working with the horses.

Bids can be placed online through the website www.silentauction.org.uk or by telephone (01467 629468).

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