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SUTHENTIRA GOVENDER | 04 September, 2011
Craig Egberink spent $10 000 to enter the " baddest horse-race on the planet", the Mongol Derby in Mongolia.
And his prize for winning the gruelling 1000km race - beating 22 other riders in the process? A Mongolian horse bridle and a jacket.
"I t was never about the prizes. I did it for the challenge . .. and surviving it," the tough Kwa-Zulu-Natal dairy farmer said this week.
The 10-day annual race through Mongolia's wilderness, held between August 6 and 16, is billed as the "longest, toughest, baddest equine affair on the planet".
According to the race's UK-based organisers, The Adventurists: "The race is dangerous, it's unsupported, and you could die."
At least five of the riders withdrew this year after sustaining injuries, some of which required surgery.
Another South African, Barry Armitage, damaged his right arm and ribs when he fell from his horse.
The riders - who included farmers, polo players and endurance riders - came from the US, Australia, the UK, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, South Africa and Spain...
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