The 2023 Mongol Derby is almost upon us
The thundering hooves of brave Equestrianists from across the globe will soon resonate through the vast Mongolian steppes as the 12th Edition of the Mongol Derby is about to kick off. This awe-inspiring event brings together horse riders from eleven different countries, all eager to challenge themselves in the Guinness Book of World Records’ ‘World’s Longest and Toughest Horse Race.’ With a spirit of adventure and camaraderie, they are prepared to push the boundaries of endurance and skill in this ultimate test of horsemanship.
This year we’re launching what will hopefully be daily video highlights for you all to enjoy. Here’s the first of them…
Returning Champions and New Hopefuls
Among this year’s contenders, we welcome back familiar faces and newcomers alike. Trinity Nelzen, following in her father’s footsteps, ventures to honor his memory after he triumphed in the Mongol Derby a decade ago. Her determination and heritage add an emotional touch to the already thrilling race.
Notably, Phoebe de Raeve and Bianca Farmas-Griffith, seasoned riders who participated in the 2022 edition, are back for a second try at conquering the Mongolian wilderness. Their previous experience will undoubtedly aid them, but the unpredictable nature of the Derby keeps them on their toes.
An International Melting Pot
Representing diverse corners of the world, riders from the USA, UK, Spain, Kenya, Sweden, Germany, Pakistan, Australia, Ireland, Philippines, and Canada converge to partake in this legendary race. Hailing from various equestrian backgrounds, these riders span an array of disciplines, united by their love for the noble steed and their passion for taking on monumental challenges.
The Journey to the Steppes
Before they embark on this extraordinary race, the riders had a lively seven-hour bus journey. During this time, they underwent essential GPS training, an indispensable tool for navigating the vast expanses of the Mongolian steppes. As the group bonded, they shared an amusing “group pee break” on the side of the road, where trees were scarce, breaking the ice and setting the tone for the adventure ahead.
Into the Heart of the Mongolian Wilderness
Crossing the seemingly endless steppe, the riders finally arrived at the custom-built luxury camp nestled in the sacred mountains of Khugnu Khan. Welcomed by an enthusiastic crowd of crew members, they were treated to fermented mare’s milk, a traditional Mongolian gesture of hospitality. The riders will spend the next days honing their skills and putting their training to the ultimate test, mentally and physically preparing for the exhilarating start on August 2nd.
Embracing the Spirit of the Mongol Derby
The Mongol Derby is more than just a horse race; it’s an immersive experience that challenges riders to their core. The unique combination of rugged terrain, unpredictable weather, and the bond forged with their equine partners creates an unparalleled adventure. The riders must exhibit resilience, adaptability, and a deep understanding of their horses as they cover over 1000 kilometers across the Mongolian wilderness.
How to Follow The Race – Dot Watchers
Don’t forget to explore the live tracking map to witness the riders’ progress as they conquer the world’s toughest horse race. Engage with the online community and share your passion for this awe-inspiring adventure. Get ready to be enthralled by the courage, determination, and sheer love for equestrianism as the Mongol Derby unfolds before your eyes. Thanks to the power of social media and modern technology, following the Mongol Derby has never been easier or more thrilling. Stay connected with the event through Twitter (@mongolderbylive), Instagram (@mongolderby), and Facebook (@MongolDerby) for a mix of real-time updates, captivating visuals, and engaging stories.