Mongol Derby

I’ve heard from Long Riders in the past who have taken amazing treks on horseback. To be in The Long Riders Guild, one has to have “ridden more than 1,000 continuous miles on a single equestrian journey.” That’s no small feat!

Yesterday, a friend emailed me about The Mongol Derby, an extreme horse race this summer (starting Aug 22) in Mongolia. 25 riders are going to race 1000 kilometers through Mongolia. They’ll be riding those strong, tough Mongolian horses and changing horses every 30 to 40 km. The website makes it sound downright dangerous, which if you could imagine, it probably is. I know I’d love to ride in Mongolia, but trust me, when I go it will be a much more leisurely ride.

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Gabrielle Baker IHSA
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