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 Hubert

    Head Veterinarian

    Jeremy is a world renowned veterinary surgeon based in Zimbabwe and has practiced and taught in the US, Australia and the UK. Jeremy vetted in 2016 and returns this year as Head Vet.

    Fred Barrelet


    Fred is Swiss born, a UK 4* FEI vet, and has presided at World & Olympic Games & all major events and disciplines. In conjunction with the FEI, he has been instrumental in helping us establish our rules.

    Kit Heawood


    Kit is UK based and returns for his second Derby. In addition to vetting, Kit helps us coordinate the team, the protocols, and equipment.

    Naranmandakh Erdenemunkh

    Veterinarian & Horse Manager

    Erdenemunkh is from Mongolia and is a very experienced equine vet who has worked on the Derby for many years. In 2019, he is taking on a dual role managing a section of the course.

    Sansar Boldbaatar


    This is Sansar’s first Derby and he joins us as a Horse Manager for part of the course. He is from Mongolia and is a very experienced equine vet.

    Annalisa Barrelet


    Annalisa is a 4* FEI vet who has presided at the World Equestrian Games and championships, and has 30 years of exclusively equine practice.

    Anna Bowker


    Anna from South Africa and has extensive equine experience. She works as a stud vet for a leading racing and endurance stable in Abu Dhabi. This is her third Derby.

    Campbell Costello


    Cozy is a Derby veteran, having vetted the Derby a whopping 5 times and ridden it once. He knows Mongolia and the Derby intimately, and has extensive equine and wildlife experience.

    Sarah van Dyk


    Sarah is an Ausie with 10 yrs practice in the US, UK, and Aus. She has experience with government and NGO projects worldwide, and vets endurance races in Australia.

    Sarah O’Dwyer


    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 Neary


    Grainne is a vet at the world-renowned equine hospital Rossdales, & is completing a joint PhD and Equine surgery residency at Royal Dick Vet School, Edinburgh.

    Kipling Pederson

    Understudy Vet to Cozy

    Kip is from the USA is in his 5th year studying vet science at the Royal Veterinary College in London. He is helping as an understudy to Cozy.

    The 2019 Event Crew

    Tom Morgan

    Race Founder & Director

    Tom, race founder, mostly sits in the office in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar with a ton of phones, coordinating the moving parts from the satellite trackers.

    Shatra Galbadrakh

    Head of Operations

    Shatra has been with the Derby since the beginning and diligently holds together the 1000’s of moving parts every year.

    Maggie Pattinson

    Head of Training

    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

    Event Manager & Referee

    Charles won the first ever Mongol Derby and has been returning to the steppe each year ever since. He has over a decade of experience wrangling in the Derby.

    Louise Crosby

    Event Manager

    Louise rode the Derby in 2015, has worn many hats on the Derby crew team, and joins this year as an event manager.

    Jessica Kipp

    Event Manager

    Jess rode the Derby in 2014 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.

    Katherine Friedley

    Deputy Race Director

    Katherine rode the Derby in 2012 and in 2019 is returning for her 4th tour of duty running the Ops Room in HQ in Ulaanbaatar.

    Dulguunsuren Sergelen

    Operations Room Assistant

    Doogie is our all-round “fixer” and has been keeping the wheels of the ops room going for years. His calm, get-shit-done-ness is a thing of wonder.

    Erik Cooper

    Head of Media

    Erik rode the Derby in 2012 and has returned many times in many roles over the years. This time he’s bringing the stories from the steppe to your screens.

    Candice Sparre

    Ops Room Reporter

    This year Candice joins us in HQ from Aus to satisfy the insatiable desire for news. Her expertise is flooding the electro-airwaves with updates from the race.

    Helen Patchett

    Camp Manager

    Originally from the UK but calling currently calling Zimbabwe home, Patch joins us this year to oversee our Start and Finish Camps.

    Sarah Farnsworth


    Sarah, a veteran of equine photography, joins us this year to send pictures of the lead pack out to the waiting media.

    Ian Haggerty


    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 2019.

    The Translators


    This team of awesome translators often return year after year and are the link between the foreign crews and Mongolia.

    The Drivers


    Our drivers are the unsung heroes of the Derby. They work tirelessly all hours of the day in super tough conditions. Their knowledge of the steppe keeps us rolling.

    Andrei Gavrilut


    Ex French Foreign Legion medic Andrei know how to fix people up in extreme locations. Andrei, Toby and Andy founded Intrepid Medics who provide vital emergency medical support to the race.

    Toby Gilbert


    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 Fraser


    Andy started as a paramedic in London before working for NGOs in sub-Saharan Africa. He then he moved into remote search and rescue, and returns for his 3rd Derby in 2019.

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