The 2016 Mongol Derby will certainly have been the longest horse race of their life for the five British riders who have just completed the 1000km today.
After eight days and riding 27 different horses each, Tatiana Mountbatten who’s 26 from London finished in fifth, while her team mate Venetia Phillips, 28 from Kenya was sixth. The pair who rode together for most of the way, were just behind triple race winners Will Comiskey from Australia, Marcia Hefker-Miles from New Mexico and Heidi Telstad from Canada – with Texan Courtney Kizer in fourth.
Riding for up to 13 hours a day, seventh to cross the finish was David Redvers, Alice Newling eighth followed by Alexandra Hardham arriving in ninth.
“I can honestly say it's the most amazing experience of my life. The scenery is beyond anything I can imagine, my riding companions were the best fun, but the ponies are the most incredible animals on the planet. To ride a Mongolian pony flat out for 15km here is the closest you get to flying. I am completely and totally emotionally drained but at the same time exhilarated by the experience," said David Redvers.