Saving the Earth with the Mongol Derby

£607

121% of Goal

In August 2017, I will be attempting what is regarded as the toughest horse race in the world: The Mongol Derby. A 1000 kilometer race across Mongolia. Riding 25 semi-wild native horses. Carrying only 5 kilos of gear. Relying on nomads for food, water and shelter. On a mission to help stop deforestation. Each Derby competitor have to pay an entry fee of 12,995 USD which helps give back to Mongolian families, whose generosity with their horses and their homes makes the race possible. The race also supports Cool Earth , a charity that works alongside indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction. Every rider is required to raise a minimum of $1000 for Cool Earth and this is where I need your help. Cool Earth protects rainforest that without intervention will be destroyed within the next 18 months and has raised over 6.5 million dollars since its inception in 2007. The Mongol Derby alone has raised over $400,000 dollars for Cool Earth and I want to further contribute as much as I can to this worthy cause! While - yes I'll admit - riding ponies and saving the world at the same time is a serious win-win for me, I can't stress the unparalleled importance that the preservation and restoration of these communities hold for countless ecosystems, fighting climate change not to mention the quality of air!

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I'm a 30 years old Swedish woman living in Perth. A woman that believes nothing is impossible and that has a passion for animal welfare. I believe in following your dreams and to count your fellow as equal. I now need your help.

During April to August 2016 I spent 100 days in the saddle riding through Sweden on my Norweigan Fjordhorse Krumelur. I did this as an adventure for myself, to fulfil a dream and to raise money for animals in need. The ride was amazing and engaged so many people. I experienced so much friendliness, warmth, support and solidarity from people I had never met before. We managed to raise the equivalent of AUD 22,000 for the animals. You can read about the trip on My Facebook Page/blog


The completion of my Swedish ride. I hope to be able to show a similar photo passed the finish line of my next challenge...

Now it's time for a new challenge and I cetainly got it.

In August 2017, I will be attempting what is regarded as the toughest horse race in the world: The Mongol Derby. A 1000 kilometer race across Mongolia. Riding 25 semi-wild native horses. Carrying only 5 kilos of gear. Relying on nomads for food, water and shelter. On a mission to help stop deforestation.




The Mongol Derby is a 1000 km (621 mile) horse race recreating Gengis Khan's legendary postal route across the Mongolian Steppe. The Guinness Book of World Records has dubbed it "the longest and toughest horse race in the world,” Inspired by the Genghis Khan's original "pony express," there's no trail or set route, just 25 GPS checkpoints/horse exchange stations to hit over the course of 7-10 days.

Out of a thousand applications, only 40 international riders has been selected, and guess what? I'm one of them.

Historically only about half finish the race. Last year a couple folks got airlifted to Hong Kong with serious injuries, and the winner doesn't even remember a couple days of the race because she was concussed from being trampled. A couple years before that eight riders were held up by motorcycle bandits. But this may or may not happen to me. But challenges I most certainly will face are for example swimming rivers, galloping through ever changing weather (rain, hail, heat), sleping on the ground through freezing nights, chafe and not to mention — a very sore butt and muscles. And remember - I only have 5 kilos of gear to help me through this.

I will most certainly face challenges similar to this one - only this time the horses may not be as cooperative.

So why am I doing this? Obviously I love the thrill of an adventure, but again, this is for a good cause.
Each Derby competitor have to pay an entry fee of 12,995 USD which helps give back to Mongolian families, whose generosity with their horses and their homes makes the race possible. The race also supports Cool Earth , a charity that works alongside indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction. Every rider is required to raise a minimum of $1000 for Cool Earth and this is where I need your help.

Cool Earth protects rainforest that without intervention will be destroyed within the next 18 months and has raised over 6.5 million dollars since its inception in 2007. The Mongol Derby alone has raised over $400,000 dollars for Cool Earth and I want to further contribute as much as I can to this worthy cause! While - yes I'll admit - riding ponies and saving the world at the same time is a serious win-win for me, I can't stress the unparalleled importance that the preservation and restoration of these communities hold for countless ecosystems, fighting climate change not to mention the quality of air!

So please, help me achieve this goal of raising $1000! Show me your support and don't let me show up being embarresed for being the only one not being able to raise enough money... Let's show them that MY family and friends are just as good as anyone else's and that we together can accomplish this goal! All I'm asking is for you to spare $5. If you all just spare $5 for this great cause we will be there in no time and our contribution will really count for something.

Thank you, I truly appreciate it <3

Proudly sponsored by Taur and KE Hästsport!

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