Budding artists are being asked to design a fence for Badminton Horse Trials.

Entries are open for World Horse Welfare’s competition to design the charity’s cross-country fence for the 2016 four-star.

The competition is open to all youngsters aged between five to 16 years old.

Entrants are asked to draw their ideas for the wings at the side of the garden gates complex, which features around the halfway point of the course.

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The theme is the “invisible horse” and the aim is to help the world see equines around the world whose suffering is ignored or unnoticed.

“We want our cross-country fence to really stand out from the crowd and give a taste of our work to help horses around the world,” said Emma Williams from World Horse Welfare.

“So we thought, what better way to do this than to get some young creative minds on the task.”

World Horse Welfare is Badminton’s charity of the year for 2016.

Olympic medallist and Rolex Grand Slam winner Pippa Funnell is a patron of the charity.

“My sport has taken me to competitions all over the world but one event that is particularly close to my heart is Badminton,” she said.

“I am passionate about encouraging children to take an interest in as many different hobbies, sports and outdoor activities as possible and with this in mind I hope that many people will be inspired to take part in our competition.”

The competition is split into two categories — five to nine years and 10 to 16 years.

As well as having their design incorporated into a cross-country fence, winners will bag four tickets to the event.

Runners up will take home signed copies of Pippa Funnell’s Tilly’s Pony Tails series.

Entries close on 15 February.

For information and to download a template, visit: www.worldhorsewelfare.org/latestcompetition