- 8 more riders cross the finish line but only 1 given confirmed leaderboard position
- 7 other riders over the line carrying penalties will have to wait until tomorrow for final placing
- South African Mondi Kanyana stops at horse station to back two colts mid-race
- 5 riders still racing at Horse Station 24 tonight and expected to finish tomorrow
Lynne Gilbert and Sandra Fretelliere were the first riders in today. In fine spirits, and with some tears of relief and/or joy they finished the Mongol Derby at 6.50pm, crossing the line together.
However they are both carrying a 3 hour penalty after riding late last night into Horse Station 22 so will have to wait until the final group of riders cross the line tomorrow for their final leaderboard positions.
Mondi Kanyana and Ivo Marloh were next to finish at 7.30pm. Mondi wasn’t carrying any penalties so he was confirmed 6th on the leaderboard and, well, we’ll let this photo do the reporting bit here:
Ivo Marloh will have to wait until tomorrow for his official leaderboard position as well, also due to a late riding penalty that must be taken into account.
Mondi is a gifted horse trainer in South Africa and he wanted to show the herders some of his techniques for backing two colts (unridden young horses).
Back at home he’s an expert in the field, so Ivo and Mondi were delayed while he backed two young horses in a reported 25 minutes; the quiet and efficient process as he got on and rode them for the first time demonstrating his immense skill.
Lynne and Sandra moved ahead of Mondi and Ivo as a result but the whole episode was reported to be a very impressive, if highly unusual turn of events for a Mongol Derby rider. The local herders watching Mondi in action are said to have ‘loved it’.
The next group of riders crossed the line at 9pm and all are also carrying at least a 3 hour penalty apart from Anthony Ward-Thomas (who may have an additional penalty to be added and taken into consideration before their leaderboard positions are awarded). The group of riders, who crossed the line together, were Alex Embiricos, Dylan Delahunt, Anthony Ward Thomas and Natacha Lazareff.
That leaves 5 riders still on the course and racing: Inge Rall-Behm; Barbara Seele; Todd Cranney; Hannah Bronwin and Shelley Bates.
They are all staying at Horse Station 24 this evening and have just one 40km leg to go. So the 2013 edition of the Mongol Derby will conclude tomorrow morning when those riders cross the line after 1000km of hard racing.