The winners of the side saddle class at this year’s National Show at Aintree will win a very special prize.

They will be invited to lead in the winner of the Topham Chase, which takes place over the Grand National fences on Ladies’ Day in April 2014.

Carly Goodall of Aintree racecourse said the prize was a “unique opportunity for the side saddle champion and reserve, taking on the role previously carried by mounted police officers, in front of the cameras of Channel 4 Racing.”

The champion will also win a new riding habit from tailors Alexander James of Pendlebury, who are sponsoring the side saddle classes.

The third National Show, which runs for three days from Friday, 26 July, is free to enter and takes place at the world-famous Aintree racecourse in Liverpool.

There are working hunter and showing classes plus showjumping up to 1.40m and an array of displays, tradestands and attractions, including the Shetland Grand National.

The ‘Leaping Ladies’ side saddle high jump class will be held again this year, and the 2012 winner, Susan Oakes, is expected to travel over from Ireland to defend her title and go even higher.

Last year, Susan and the grand prix showjumper Brandy and Red set a new British record, clearing 1.80m (5ft 9in).

For more information visit www.aintreeequestriancentre.co.uk or call 0151 522 2949