The Ledbury hunt’s Golden Button Challenge — a three-mile race over hedges and ditches alongside the River Severn — will feature an additional event this New Year’s Eve.

This year’s renewal will involve an inter-hunt challenge for teams of four, as well as the feature race, which was won last year by Yvonne Goss on Perry. The inter-hunt challenge will cover an easier course, to enable more riders to be involved.

“We learned plenty at the inaugural running 12 months ago, and wanted to expand the event,” said race organiser David Redvers. “Last year’s challenge proved enormously popular — the sight of some 40 horses and riders galloping across the Ledbury hunt’s wonderful vale country was spectacular.”

Closing date for entries is 14 December.

For further details, call Louise Daly. Tel: 08452 609618 or visit: www.goldenbutton.co.uk

This news story was first published in Horse & Hound (22 November, ’07)