Mongol Derby Riders

Sally Conway

Sally has always had a passion for adventure and horses are one of the greatest joys in her life. She's grown up mustering cattle.

Kelsey Eliot

Kelsey has been a trail rider since she was about eight, took up arena Polo three years ago, guided trail rides in Iceland, and recently began endurance.

Katie Angus

Katie has have been riding all her life, competing in dressage, showjumping and eventing. Now working at a small riding school and trekking centre.

Sam Franklin

Started riding horses at a young age at summer camp. Certified Wrangler with the Dude Ranch Association.

Elise Stables

Started riding when she was 2 years old. Sixteen years later she have competed through all disciplines. Show jumping and racing are her passions.

Abbi Bell

Has been riding horses since she was 5. She comes from a background of mixed discipline training and has experience in breeding sport horses.

Linda Van Gorkam

Has been riding since she was 9 and competing in endurance for 2 years. She loves adventure and doing the impossible.

Katie Hasse

An upper level event rider and USDF bronze and silver medalist who has also made appearances in the hunter/jumper rings. Has been riding since she was 7.

Jacqueline Knöpfel

Rode her Icelandic horses over 700 km from Switzerland to Germany. Became a mother and wants to use the last of her maternity leave to complete the derby.

Alanna Watt

Alanna has been riding since she was 6. She is taking part for the excitement, atmosphere, culture, freedom, immense views & of course to win the Derby.

Naomi Cheyenne Carmen Candide Crombeem

Has been around horses since she was a child, Naomi has tried out most disciplines, from dressage, western to jumping and liberty. Also breeds Haflinger horses.

Frank Winters

Grew up on ranches, riding before he could walk. Went to college on a rodeo scholarship. Has broken & trained hundreds of horses.

Rachel Roman

Been riding all her life. Has competed in show jumping and eventing but now focuses on Dressage. Horses, the environment, and adventure are her greatest passions.

Patti Long

Currently a whipper-in for South Creek Foxhounds and accomplished multi-discipline rider. Patti was raised on a cattle ranch and will be riding for Moffitt Cancer.

Justine Hales

Ridden since 3. Has done showing, eventing and hunting. Has been racing since 19. Currently educates thoroughbreds at a pre training farm in the dressage.

Julia Conway

Currently in South Africa, works in the thoroughbred industry riding all English disciplines. She looks forward to the adventure that the Derby will bring.

Holly Rivett

From west Scotland, Holly has dreamt of competing in the Mongol Derby for six years. She’s delighted to get the chance to test her skills on the steppe

Zsófi Homor

Zsófi's been around horses since she could walk and claims she's happiest when on a horse. The Derby seemed like a good opportunity to put this to the test

Benjamin Materna

He's been riding endurance for about 5 years now and loves it. He’s riding the derby to explore the massive growth opportunity of the challenges it presents.

Pip Chisholm

Pip loves horses, travel, nature, adventure and challenging herself. The Derby feeds all her passions and she is excited to go to Mongolia.

Esther Leenen

Riding since 9 years old. Endurance since 98. Finding the best way to present your horse to the vet check ‘fit to continue’ is always her goal.

Francis Delaey

Having recently retired his four legged friend, he was in desperate need of a new equestrian adventure and could not resist the calling of the Mongolian steppes.

Anne Binnendijk

Did multiple disciplines at riding school before settling into classical dressage. Recently started in horseback archery and this is a new found love to grow.

Erin Nagle

Has been riding every horse she can get her hands on for as long as she can remember. The Derby will be an excellent test of her horsemanship and character.

Rendel Rieckmann

Lets see if the 20 years of horse riding experiences on all sorts of continents and mainly dressage and showjumping are enough for a happy ending.

Molly Pearson

Been riding since her mom was pregnant with her. She used to do handstands on horses in full body spandex, and thought she'd get into endurance riding the derby.

Annette Kriller

Wants to cross that finish line in a decent time and re-experience the mighty Mongolian horses, gentle people and overwhelming landscape.

Vasin Govender

The idea of the Derby, started a year ago on an extreme trail ride of 7 days and climbing 9000 metres in wild mountains of Lesotho.

Miguel Escalada

Has been riding most of his life in different disciplines, city boy, always craved to travel long distances on horseback. 2015 Mongol Rally veteran.

Linda Vehger

Lives for new adventures, partnered with majestic horses. This experience is all about self awareness & heightened discovery.

Catherine Kennedy

Currently competes in Eventing, Catherine also has experience in Reining, Cutting, Western Pleasure, and Hunter/Jumper. Been dreaming of the Derby for years.

Sampie Mokoakoe

Works at Moolmanshoek Private Game Reserve for 6 years as a horse trainer. Assists in guiding Extreme Horse Trials in Lesotho.

Wiesman Nels

In it to challenge his passion for extremes and horsemanship. His mission is to do this with some passion, some compassion, humour and style.

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