Who wouldn’t want to do the Mongol Derby?
This race, the longest, toughest horse race in the world, is the mother of all equine adventures, a 1000 km multi-horse race across the epic wilderness of the Mongolian steppe. Its mammoth network of horse stations is a recreation of Chinggis Khaan’s, or Genghis Khan’s, legendary empire-busting postal system.
It’s just you, a GPS and your team of horses against a thousand kilometres of Mongolian wilderness. Certainly no marked course, no packed lunches, no shower block, no stabling. And if you lose your horse you will find it’s a very long walk to the next horse station! The only rule of the event is that you must change horses at every station and deliver your mounts to their destination in mint condition.
Oh yes, one more rule, or a stipulation anyway. Because the horses are small you are allowed just 5 kgs of essential survival kit… and anyone who weighs more than 85 kgs when dressed to ride will be automatically disqualified! In fact, The Adventurists have admitted that the horses’ welfare is their primary concern, don’t for a moment think that they are concerned about you! All of the rules that have been put in place are designed with the horses in mind. You? Well… you can look after yourself can’t you?!
This year’s Derby will be run from the 7-20th August 2012, but it has been sold out for months. If you’re thinking about it for next year then follow this link to their application form. A hint? Apply early! It’s expensive, but perhaps if you hear it you will accept The Adventurists explanation “£5,950 of your Queen’s finest. That is a lot of money, but then again, the Derby runs a staff of over 100 people, uses vats of cutting edge technical equipment, and imports enough veterinary and medical supplies to sink a small battleship. It’s no cheap undertaking.”
The experience will be worth every penny.