The work of 500 people
The Mongol Derby is a massive undertaking. It involves over 500 people coming together to stage the race with around 1,500 horses.
There are families hosting the riders, herders wrangling the horses, vets looking after the horses (and any animal they come across), medics looking after the humans, event managers problem solving all over the place, a country director working tirelessly, horse managers running sections of the course, HQ staff managing the race, a race director, camp managers and camp staff, media crew pumping out content and an army of some of the best translators and drivers in the country.
The 2019 Vets
Jeremy is a world renowned veterinary surgeon, based in Zimbabwe who has practiced and taught in the US, Australia and the UK. Vetted in 2016, returns as Head Vet
Fred - Swiss born, UK 4* FEI vet - presided at World & Olympic Games & all major events and disciplines. He helped the FEI, help us write our rules 10yrs ago.
Kit, UK based, as well as vetting helps us coordinate the team, the protocols and equipment and returns for his second years a Derby vet.
Erdenemunkh is a very experienced equine vet who has worked on the Derby for many years. This year he is taking on a dual role managing a section of the course.
This is Sansar's first Derby and he joins us as a Horse Manager for part of the course. He is a very experienced equine vet.
Annalisa is another 4* FEI vet who has presided at the World Equestrian Games and championships, and has 30 years of exclusively equine practice.
Anna from South Africa with extensive equine, works as a stud vet for a leading racing and endurance stable in Abu Dhabi. This is her third Derby.
Cozy has vetted the derby a whopping 5 times and ridden it once. He knows Mongolia and the Derby intimately. He has extensive equine and wildlife experience.
Sarah van Dyk
Sarah, an Ausie with 10 yrs practice in the US, UK, and Aus, as well as Government and NGO projects worldwide. She’s a vets endurance races in Aus.
Sarah, hailing from Ireland, is an equine vet with extensive clinical practice at the top referral hospital in Ireland & Australia. She’s an FEI treatment vet.
Grainne is a vet at the world-renowned equine hospital Rossdales, & completing a joint PhD and Equine surgery residency at Royal Dick Vet School, Edinburgh.
Kip from the USA is in his 5th studying vet science at the Royal Veterinary College in London is helping as an understudy to Cozy.
The 2019 Event Crew
Tom, race founder, mostly sits in the office in Capital city with a ton of phones, coordinating the moving parts from the satellite trackers.
Shatra has been with the Derby since the first year and has diligently held together the literal 1000's of moving parts every year.
Maggs had been running the training camp with military precision since the second Derby. She's also currently Chef d’Equipe of English Endurance racing.
Charles Van Wyk
Charles won the first ever Mongol Derby and has never quite managed to escape since. He has over a decade of experience wrangling on the steppe.
Louise rode the Derby in 20 and has been back many time in many formats and this year joins the team as an in the field event manager.
Jess rode the Derby in XXXXX and we are delighted to have her join us on the steppe this year looking after the riders who end up in the non-race category.
Kathrine rode the Derby in 2012 and has returned to run the ops room in HQ 3 times. This year she joins us again as deputy race director.
Doogie has been keep the wheels of the ops room going for years. His calm, get-shit-done-ness is a thing of wonder
Erik rode the Derby in 2012 and has returned many times in many roles over the years. This time he's getting the stories out of the steppe to you screens.
This year Candice joins us in HQ from Aus to keep the insatiable desire for updates from the race flooding the electro-airwaves.
Sarah, a veteran of equine photography joins us this year to send pictures of the lead pack out to the waiting media.
Ian also takes up the mantle of Derby image capturer. It's his job to make sure we have images of all our brave riders.
Rich Brandon Cox
Rich has filmed more adventures than almost any other human and he brings his prodigious talent to the Derby for the first.
This team of awesome translators often return year after year are the link between the foreign crews and Mongolia.
Our drivers are the unsung heroes of the Derby. They work tirelessly all hrs of the day in super tough conditions. Their knowledge of the steppe keeps us rolling.
Ex French Foreign Legion medic Andrei know how to fix people up in extreme locations. Andrei, Toby and Andy founded Intrepid Medics who are vital to the race.
Intrepid Medic Toby came from the London Ambulance service, has an MSc in Global Health From Maastricht Uni and has been providing medical support worldwide.
Andy started as a paramedic in London before working for NGOs in sub-Saharan Africa and then he moved into remote search and rescue. Andy returns for his 3rd Derby