Racing 1000kms across Mongolia on horseback

“Holly, would you like to be part of another world first adventure?”

I quickly replied, “YES, what is it?”

“It’s a 1000 km horse race across Mongolia on semi wild horses”

“Definitely! Count me in!”

Holly was one of the pioneering riders sponsored to compete in the world’s longest horse race; 1000kms across Mongolia riding semi wild horses. This adventure tested Holly’s nerve, physical fitness and mental endurance to the limit. From the start, at Kharkhorin, the ancient capital of the great Mongolian Empire, Holly raced to the finish line more than 1000km away in just 9 days. She changed her steed every 40km in a format inspired by Genghis Khan’s ancient postal system, where hardy horse messengers crossed Mongolia and into Europe.

“Holly, would you like to be part of another world first adventure?”

I quickly replied, “YES, what is it?”

“It’s a 1000 km horse race across Mongolia on semi wild horses”

“Definitely! Count me in!”

Holly was one of the pioneering riders sponsored to compete in the world’s longest horse race; 1000kms across Mongolia riding semi wild horses. This adventure tested Holly’s nerve, physical fitness and mental endurance to the limit. From the start, at Kharkhorin, the ancient capital of the great Mongolian Empire, Holly raced to the finish line more than 1000km away in just 9 days. She changed her steed every 40km in a format inspired by Genghis Khan’s ancient postal system, where hardy horse messengers crossed Mongolia and into Europe.

“I spent up to 13 hours in the saddle everyday, navigating through the Mongolian steppe in temperatures fluctuating from 35 degrees to sub-zero. It was gruelling at times, especially overcoming a hazardous night in the mountains without water, losing one of my steeds and recovered another from sinking into a bog. I shed all of my modern equipment along the way to lighten my load and to experience the real Mongolian culture, eating only mutton and goat, drinking fermented mare’s milk and sleeping in local Mongolian yurts.”

I experienced Mongolia in a very unique way, riding in vast wildernesses with total freedom. Literally where the eye can see, you can go!”

“I spent up to 13 hours in the saddle everyday, navigating through the Mongolian steppe in temperatures fluctuating from 35 degrees to sub-zero. It was gruelling at times, especially overcoming a hazardous night in the mountains without water, losing one of my steeds and recovered another from sinking into a bog. I shed all of my modern equipment along the way to lighten my load and to experience the real Mongolian culture, eating only mutton and goat, drinking fermented mare’s milk and sleeping in local Mongolian yurts.”

I experienced Mongolia in a very unique way, riding in vast wildernesses with total freedom. Literally where the eye can see, you can go!”

“I rode 25 semi-wild Mongolian horses in total, an extremely tough breed that has changed little since the Mongol hordes swept across Asia in the early thirteenth century. 800 unshod horses were lined up for the race, with a team of international vets stringently checking their heart rates after each section, before allowing us, the riders, to continue.

I am happy to report that this was not my first go at riding horses! I started riding somewhere around the time I started walking and have successfully competed in British Eventing for many years and represented England in the Amateur Nations Cup in Ireland.”

“I rode 25 semi-wild Mongolian horses in total, an extremely tough breed that has changed little since the Mongol hordes swept across Asia in the early thirteenth century. 800 unshod horses were lined up for the race, with a team of international vets stringently checking their heart rates after each section, before allowing us, the riders, to continue.

I am happy to report that this was not my first go at riding horses! I started riding somewhere around the time I started walking and have successfully competed in British Eventing for many years and represented England in the Amateur Nations Cup in Ireland.”

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