William Grant, riding Fox Grant Ferrari came 2nd in the dramatic 2015 Golden Button Challenge and went on to win the Veterans.
Sixty-two horses started the gruelling three mile race over 28 natural obstacles, including large hedges and open ditches and only 39 finished.
William has competed in every Golden Button and completed the course seven times. His experience stood him in good stead for the 2015 race and William's tactics were clear to see. He set off quickly at the start with the intention of getting ahead of the main group but then made a conscious effort to steer a safe path for his beloved 14 year old horse, Fox Grant Ferrari.
Loose horses became a danger at one point and William deliberately pulled to the left of the main pack to keep out of trouble. At seven fences out from the finish there was a big crash as several horses fell at an open ditch. William and Ferrari kept their cool and their steady, strong pace and by the fourth fence from home realised they could be in with a chance of a place. William asked a little more from Ferrari and Ferrari was more than happy to oblige, overtaking Paul Scallon riding Los Galacticos, to move into second place behind Dominic Gwyn-Jones on Another Puzzle.
William Grant, Managing Director of Fox Grant estate agents, said:
"It was quite honestly one of the best experiences of my life. I am just so proud of my horse Ferrari, he always seems to bring me home safe. It's the most amazing event, and one which really gets your adrenaline going. I look forward to it every year and put in hours of preparation into getting the horse and myself fit, this year, I'm glad to say it's paid off. I'm absolutely delighted with the result."