To most people, spending up to ten days riding between 25 to 28 semi-wild pint-size horses over all kinds of terrain in the Mongol Derby sounds like an impossible journey. But not to Prac's Associate Editor Jocelyn Pierce, a lifelong horsewoman and self-proclaimed explorer who relishes this type of challenge.

"My three main interests are traveling, being outdoors and riding horses," says Jocelyn. "So it seemed like a pretty good blend of that. I thought I'd apply and I didn't really expect to hear anything else...and here we are!"  

Check out the video below to hear more about the derby, Jocelyn's family's reaction to her decision to go and some of the biggest challenges she'll face on her trip. 

And how does one prepare, both mentally and physically, for such a 600-mile trek across Mongolia on half-feral horses? Check back later this week to find out! 

Practical Horseman Associate Editor Jocelyn Pierce is competing in the Mongol Derby, a 600-mile expedition considered the longest and toughest horse race in the world, Aug. 8-27. Here’s how to follow the action, sponsored by Mane 'n Tail and SmartPak:

• Visit Practical Horseman for daily race recaps and Jocelyn updates from 2017 Derby finisher Leslie Wylie
• Follow Jocelyn’s progress live via her GPS tracker, read official reports via the Derby website, and follow @mongolderbylive on Twitter
• Tune in for Derby Dot Watch Party podcasts presented by Horse Radio Network in partnership with Practical Horseman, broadcast live nightly at 8 p.m. EST 

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