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CLARA HO, CALGARY HERALD
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Published on: March 2, 2015
It’s billed as the longest and toughest horse race in the world, taking competitors astride semi-wild equines on a 1,000-kilometre trek through the Mongolian grassland while exposed to the elements and unfamiliar terrain.
And a local oilman-turned-cattle rancher and former Calgary copy editor are among the 40 competitors saddling up in a bid to win the derby crown this summer.
Bruce Chernoff and Liz Brown are taking on the 7th annual Mongol Derby, which recreates Genghis Khan’s ancient horse messenger system, used for rapid intelligence gathering and communication.
Both amateur and professional riders alike from around the world sign up for the challenge, despite the risk of injury and even death...
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