Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Gallops of Morocco a view from participant Michèle van Kasteren

Endurance-world.com - Full Story

10 April 2018

On 7 March 2018 we reported about the Gallops of Morocco. Read the inside story of Michèle van Kasteren one of the participants.

I have bred Akhal-Tekes for over 20 years with whom I do compete almost quite as long in endurance. I have competed up to international level, but the Gallops of Morocco…? No, I must admit, I never heard about this concept before. It was my friend Clothilde, a polo player, who introduced me to the Gallops.

So what are the Gallops? It is an adventure combining equestrian tourism with competition. The aim is to achieve 200 km on a horseback in 6 days within a fixed time frame together as a team of 5 persons. Due to some circumstances, horses have been a little in the background for the past three years. Needless to say, I am a little out of shape when it comes to physical condition.

But the idea to participate into a «soft» endurance team ride and meanwhile discover Morocco, where I have never been to, was an idea I immediately got hooked on. Exploring the Sahara on a horseback! What a fabulous challenge to take. 200 km in a week should be ok…I’ve done 160 km in a day in the past. The program sounded fantastic, so it didn’t take much effort for Clothilde to persuade me to participate. But this was 3 weeks before the start of the Gallops!...

Read more here:
http://endurance-world.com/gallops-of-morocco-a-view-from-participant-michele-van-kasteren/

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