Sam Jones, Winner of the 2014 Mongol Derby, to Compete in The Gobi Desert Cup
By: The Gobi Desert Cup
The Gobi Desert Cup is a multistage endurance race on Mongolian horses unlike any other equestrian adventure. Co-founded in 2016 by FEI 3* Endurance Rider, Camille Champagne, the Gobi Desert Cup is a unique adventure and cultural experience through the Gobi Desert, riding semi-wild Mongolian horses every day for six days over a total of 480 kilometers.
Sam is a horse trainer working mostly with breakers and remedial cases. She says, "I would like to be able to do every race/ adventure/ endurance ride everywhere! But Mongolia holds a very special place in my heart and I cannot wait to return to the steppe. The more I have heard about the Gobi Desert Cup the more impressed I am, I am excited to be part of an event that gives so much back to the local community. My main goal for this race is to enjoy it! I find the isolation and wide open spaces make it easy to live in the moment and nothing beats riding a good horse across the steppe!"
This challenge is the only one of its kind to combine equestrian adventure and distance riding while positively supporting Mongolian nomadic culture and their horses before, during, and after the event. Combining the safety protocols and regulations of three international endurance organizations with semi-wild Mongolian horses and horsemanship, the event occurs over multiple terrains from dunes to rolling, verdant hills. Each of the potentially 24 international riders will ride six horses in six days, testing their horsemanship, their endurance and their sense of adventure. Each horse is chosen specifically for their physical strength and quiet temper and trained specially for the race by our team of Mongolian herdsmen and veterinarians.
Mongolina horsemanship and nomadic tradition have remained virtually unchanged since the time of Genghis Khan in the 13th century. The Gobi Desert Cup was founded to directly benefit the local nomadic people and their horses, while drawing global attention to their slowly dwindling lifestyle through the Non-Government Organization, the Mongolian Horse and Nomad Foundation. Visit http://www.gobidesertcup.com for details.
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