Forty six intrepid riders from across the globe recently completed the world’s longest horse race, The Mongol Derby. After a two-year break, jockeys battled across Mongolia’s steppe for eight days, with a Brit pipped at the post by winning pair, American Deirdre Griffith and South African Willemein Jooste.
During the 1,000km Derby, horses are changed roughly every 35km, at checkpoints strung out throughout the country, but riders must be in the saddle for up to 200km a day and most ride more than 28 different semi-wild horses.
After the pandemic forced the cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 editions, the twelfth Mongol Derby kicked off on the 23 July. Day one saw Kiwi pair, Sam Edney and Annie Hackett, take an early lead, as other racers suffered navigational errors and falls.
By the end of day two, riders four riders had caught up with the New Zealanders, and six camped together at station…