Braden Cameron is the director of a residential building company, breeds and trains endurance horses on his Wellington farm, and represented New Zealand in endurance riding at 2014 World Equestrian Games.
He was one of four New Zealanders in the top ten finishers of the 2015 Mongol Derby, the longest and toughest horse race in the world, balancing survival skills and horsemanship over ten days on a 1000km course, with riders changing horse every 40 km.
The Mongol Derby traces the route Genghis Khan built in 1224 to create the world's first long distance postal service. The route existed until 1949 when it was shut down by the Soviet Union. The weather on the course changed dramatically from the first half of the race and the medical crew went from treating heat stroke to mild hypothermia.
Braden Cameron at the finish line. Photo: theadventurists.com