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Mongol Derby Riders

Sally Conway

Call Sign: SC

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.

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Kelsey Eliot

Call Sign: KE

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.

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Katie Angus

Call Sign: KA

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

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Sam Franklin

Call Sign: SF

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

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Elise Stables

Call Sign: ES

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

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Abbi Bell

Call Sign: AB

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

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Linda Van Gorkum

Call Sign: LG

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

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Katie Hasse

Call Sign: KH

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.

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Jacqueline Knöpfel

Call Sign: JK

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.

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Alanna Watt

Call Sign: AW

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.

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Naomi Cheyenne Carmen Candide Crombeem

Call Sign: NC

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.

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Frank Winters

Call Sign: FW

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

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Rachel Roman

Call Sign: RRO

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.

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Patti Long

Call Sign: PL

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.

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Justine Hales

Call Sign: JH

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

Call Sign: JC

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

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Holly Rivett

Call Sign: HR

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

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Zsófi Homor

Call Sign: ZH

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.

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Benjamin Materna

Call Sign: BM

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.

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Esther Leenen

Call Sign: EL

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.

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Francis Delaey

Call Sign: FD

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.

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Anne Binnendijk

Call Sign: ASB

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.

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Erin Nagle

Call Sign: EN

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.

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Rendel Rieckmann

Call Sign: RR

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.

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Molly Pearson

Call Sign: MP

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.

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Annette Kriller

Call Sign: AK

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

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Vasin Govender

Call Sign: VG

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.

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Linda Vegher

Call Sign: LV

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

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Sampie Mokoakoe

Call Sign: SM

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

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Wiesman Nels

Call Sign: WN

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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Sam Chisholm

Call Sign: SCH

Helicopter pilot who grew up riding on a cattle station in the Northern Territories. Has ridden a motorbike from Argentina to Alaska and done the Mongol Rally.

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Jesse Byrne

Call Sign: JB

Has been working in the racing industry, riding work and breaking-in lots of young racehorses since he left school. Hoping to be one of the first to finish.

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Lucinda Kyle

Call Sign: LK

Bought an ex-racehorse and a saddle at 15. “I ate dirt a lot,” Spent the last 5 years on cattle stations as a ringer and breaking in/ training her own horses.

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Sarah Brown

Call Sign: SB

Spent her teenage years competing and working in many equestrian disciplines. She has looked after thoroughbred horses the world over.

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Margreet Voermans

Call Sign: MV

Margreet started riding when she was four years old and competed in dressage and jumping until she went to university. Moved to Colombia and started playing polo

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Aly Van Der Meulen

Call Sign: AM

Has traveled the world working with horses, mostly as a trail guide in South Africa, the USA and Iceland. She has her own horse travel agency.

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Michael Field

Call Sign: MF

Has hunted a lot in the UK and Ireland. Mike now lives in The Netherlands where he competes at low-level dressage, show jumping and eventing competitions.

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Taggert VinZant

Call Sign: TV

Been riding as long as walking, hasn’t been far from a horse’s back since he was three. From barrel-racing to eventing and training race horses

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Ella Mildon

Call Sign: EM

Has spent 10 years in the eventing world and sitting on countless types of horses - from rescues, to ponies, to imported warmbloods.

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Robert Long

Call Sign: RL

The oldest competitor in this year’s Mongol Derby, Robert says that horses have driven his entire life. He started on ponies, and then broncs and later mules.

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Catherine Kennedy

Call Sign: CK

Riding horses since she was five. Currently competes in eventing, Catherine also has experience in reining, cutting, western pleasure and hunter/jumpers.

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Ava Drake

Call Sign: AD

I have ridden all over the world and am now currently training in trick riding. I love to test my strength and prove that anything is possible

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Ahmed AlGhurair

Call Sign: AA

has been playing polo and riding for the past 10 years. He loves adventure and all things outdoors. He is doing this ride to inspire his son to be adventurous.

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