I am a videographer in Portland, Oregon with a love for all things horses. Originally from Minnesota, my childhood was spent on racetracks across the Midwest. I am currently training my dream horse with hopes of excelling at dressage and Parelli. I have a Cairn Terrier, Ellie, and an old cat named Winston. I am fortunate to have a pretty nice boyfriend who understands and supports my love of horses. My blog helps keep a record of my successes and failures and helps friends and family enjoy the journey with me.
This article came across the wires tonight at work and just wondering what all my horse blogging friends think about it. There is a local Portland Company, Mercy Corp, known for aiding disaster victims that is getting a lot of criticism from "The Long Riders Guild" about its involvement in the 534 mile race across Mongolia. The Guild is billing the race as "the biggest, baddest equine affair on the planet." Horse and riders will be exposed to wolf attacks, bubonic plague, rabies, flash floods, foul water, poisoned food, theft, assault, and no vet care. Apparently there are 26 riders from all over the world taking part....and get this...800 horses if that is any indications of how many horses they plan on having to use to complete the race. The Long Riders Guild is rallying the equestrian world...they have already drafted letters to all those involved. They are concerned that riders will be too heavy for the Mongolian horses, that not enough water is available, and basically citing it as "an ill-advised equestrian misadventure." Here is a link to all the contact numbers of those involved if you care to pass on your two cents. I think for me, the idea of 800 horses to 25 riders just shows how dangerous this is for the horses....and the fact that they are non-native riders makes it even worse. It is now about competition and horses always finish last when there is money and prestige involved.