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A total of 45 brave horses and riders lined up for this unique event, many of whom had travelled from as far a field as Ireland, Kent and Leicestershire. 25 competitors crossed the finishing line to complete the course and all horses and Humans returned safely.

The race was won by Quorn Joint-Master Rowan Cope riding Arthur. Impressively, Arthur has now won the Triple Crown of Hunt rides after previously winning the Melton Hunt Club Ride and the Harborough Ride. The 13 year old thoroughbred was retired after the race.

Becky Smith and Important Moment past the post in front of Rowan Cope, But unfortunately had lost her weight cloth in the final stages of the race and was therefore disqualified.

It was decided that, for their heroic effort, Becky would be awarded the 1st Ledbury Golden Button as no Ledbury member completed the course. Maggie Brims fared the best of the Ledbury Riders and was awarded the World Wide Web Trophy.

Please take a look at our Facebook  and Instagram pages (thegoldenbuttonchallenge) to view some fantastic videos and photos of the race and the prize giving.

Here is a list of prize winners from the 2022 Golden Button Challenge:

First Past the Post, kindly sponsored by: The Equestrian Notice Board

Rowan Cope

First Lady, kindly sponsored by: The Lockwood Family

Holly Smith

First Veteran, kindly sponsored by: Staverton Commercials

Mark Shaw

First Heavyweight, kindly sponsored by: Savills Cirencester

Jonathan Drake

First Ledbury Hunt Memberkindly sponsored by:  i2i Recruitment

Becky Smith 

First Under 21 kindly sponsored by: The Elms School

George Edgedale

First Non Thoroughbred, kindly sponsored by:  Andrew Elliott Valuation and Auctioneering Services 

Holly Smith

First Overseas kindly sponsored by: Hamilton Stiller Estate Agents  

 Jason McKeown

The World Wide Web Trophy kindly sponsored by: The Ridley Family

Maggie Brims


With our record crowds and sporting efforts in the terrier racing we have been able to donate £1500.00 to The Bob Champion Cancer Trust in addition to generous donations made to  local charities including The Church of St Mary the Virgin, Forthampton, The Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Tirley and  Gloucestershire Air Ambulance.

Enormous thanks go to our landowners, vets, medics, sponsors and those that have kindly given up their time to support us. 


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