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February 28 2016
By Jill Bennett - Reporter / Anchor Global News
Heidi Telstad has been riding horses since she was a little girl – but now the Langley lawyer is preparing for her biggest equestrian challenge yet.
She’s the only Canadian riding in this year’s Mongol Derby. Spanning over 1,000 kilometres, it roughly tracks the postal route created by Chinggis Khaan in the 13th century. It’s often called the longest and toughest horse race in the world, and this year only 44 of the 1000 applicants were chosen to compete in the race, which covers both desert and rocky terrain through the Mongolian wilderness.
“The biggest danger is the wild dogs and they say you won’t see them coming,” said Telstad.
“If you see a dog coming, it usually belongs to a family, but the wild ones will stalk you if you are on your own...”
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