The 2020 Pioneer Riders

    Annie Aul

    Call Sign: AA

    Has had her eye on the Olympics since she was six. She has put decades of eventing, coaching, and training under her belt.

    Chris Maude

    Call Sign: CM

    Former jockey Chris did the Mongol Derby in 2014 and has been looking for the next adventure ever since.

    Clare King

    Call sign: CKI

    2013 Derby veteran, was asked why she wants to ride in the Gaucho Derby, she replied “Six years, a husband, and two children after the Mongol Derby, I need this!”

    Corey Downey

    Call sign: CD

    Corie brings a plethora of riding experience to the table, from western ranch and rodeo riding, to fox hunting, cross-country jumping, skijoring & sidesaddle.

    Courtney Kizer

    Call sign: CKZ

    Jumper turned endurance rider, a Mongol Derby 2016 veteran, 2018 Race the Wild Coast competitor, and was on the shortlist for the 2017 US Endurance Team.

    Dylan Delahunt

    Call sign: DD

    Dylan supplies his equine expertise for the film and media industries, rode the 2013 Mongol Derby, helped found The Adventurists’ Kraken Cup

    Hannah Bicket

    Call sign: HB

    Riding since she was six, has competed in three-day eventing, represented Great Britain in development squads and has competed in the national championships.

    Laura Redvers

    Call sign: LR

    Lifelong eventer, point-to-pointer and racehorse rider, lived vicariously through her husband’s ’16 Derby, Laura is ready for her turn. Riding with Louise Daly.

    Louise Daly

    Call sign: LD

    A lifelong rider, a show horse judge, and Master of the Ledbury hunt, Louise’s horsemanship skills are impeccable. Riding with Laura Redvers.

    Lisa Youngwerth

    Call sign: LY

    Grew up riding in the mountains of Colorado. “Technical terrain is right up my alley. I have experience camping with horses and altitude is rarely a problem”.

    Chris Petersen

    Call sign: CP

    Mixed animal vet, mountain guide, packer, endurance rider, horse powered logger, colt trainer, bareback rodeo cowboy, ranch cowboy farrier and polocrosse player.

    Marie Griffis

    Call sign: MG

    2016 Derby veteran. Owns five horses which she rides as frequently as possible, and runs an annual pack trip (22 years and counting) into the mountains.

    Charles Van Wyk

    Call sign: CVW

    Charles, an accomplished endurance rider and trainer, has the distinct honour of being the joint winner of the very first Mongol Derby held in 2009.

    Nichole Murray

    Call sign: NM

    Nichole is an experienced rider (trail riding, horse camping) and backcountry camper, she is eager to merge the two into one unique experience in Patagonia.

    Robert Skinner

    Call sign: RS

    An amateur point-to-point jockey, has ridden the Grand Military at Sandown seven times. Has ridden the Wessex Yeomanry several times (won once); 2014 Derby veteran.

    Roberta MacLeod

    Call sign: RM

    A lifelong rider and racehorse trainer, she has ridden in numerous countries around the world (Mongolia four times) and competed in the 2017 Mongol Derby.

    Shirley Haywood

    Call sign: SH

    Has guided horse tours in Spain, Ecuador, Argentina, and the Andes; rode the 2016 Mongol Derby delivery run, the wild coast of SA, and the Canadian Rockies.

    Stevie Delahunt

    Call sign: SD

    A multi-discipline rider with National All-Around AQHA, FEI reining, and Eventing titles; rode the 2014 Mongol Derby, the Wild Coast in SA, and competed in the Kraken Cup.

    Julie Youngblood

    Call sign: JY

    A firefighter by trade, Julie is no stranger to backcountry pack trips and wrangling cattle. A Mongol Derby 2012 veteran, she has travelled and lived in Argentina.

    Warren Sutton

    Call sign: WS

    2017 Derby veteran, his equestrian experience includes endurance riding, training in Australia and Thailand, running horsemanship clinics and seminars.

    Zsofia Homor

    Call sign: ZH

    Does classical dressage and trail riding daily. Also experienced show jumper and eventer, has exercised racehorses in Ireland. Runs a horse trek guide in Greece.

    Linda Vegher

    Call sign: LV

    A Mongol Derby 2019 veteran, she grew up eventing, but is also experienced in steeplechase, fox hunting, cutting & polo.

    Sophie De Selliers

    Call sign: SS

    Sophie rode the Mongol Derby in 2010. Currently working in San Francisco she is riding with Julie Youngblood who met each other through the Mongol Derby.

    Jakob Von Plessen

    Call sign: JT

    Jako is a super experienced horseman who runs horse safaris in Patagonia and Africa. He helped design the 2020 Gaucho Derby route and will be riding it as a non-competitor.