The 2020 Riders
2013 Derby veteran, was asked why she wants to ride in the Gaucho Derby, she replied “Six years, a husband, and two children after the Mongol Derby, I need this!”
Lifelong eventer, point-to-pointer and racehorse rider, lived vicariously through her husband’s '16 Derby, Laura is ready for her turn. Riding with Louise D
A lifelong rider, a show horse judge, and Master of the Ledbury hunt, Louise’s horsemanship skills are impeccable. Riding with Laura R
Grew up riding in the mountains of Colorado. “Technical terrain is right up my alley. I have experience camping with horses and altitude is rarely a problem"
Mixed animal vet, mountain guide, packer, endurance rider, horse powered logger, colt trainer, bareback rodeo cowboy, ranch cowboy farrier and polocrosse player.
Charles Van Wyk
Charles, an accomplished endurance rider and trainer, has the distinct honour of being the joint winner of the very first Mongol Derby held in 2009
An amateur point-to-points jockey, has ridden the Grand Military at Sandown seven times. Has ridden the Wessex Yeomanry several times (won once) 2014 Derby veteran
Does classical dressage and trail riding daily. Also experienced show jumper and eventer, has exercised racehorses in Ireland. Runs a horse trek guide in Greece
Grew up eventing, but is also experienced in steeplechase, fox hunting, cutting & polo to name a few. She leapt off her last horse in the 2019 Mongol Derby.
Sophie De Selliers
Sophie rode the Mongol Derby in 2010. Currently working in San Francisco she is riding with Julie Youngblood who met each other through the Mongol Derby.
Jakob Von Plessen
Jako is part of the race crew & rode the course on the test run. So he can't win this race and is riding it in a different format as another test.