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South Africa: Gear up for world’s toughest horse race - Full Article

By Matthew Field - May 2, 2019

The third iteration of Race the Wild Coast (RTWC) – billed as the toughest horse race in the world – will be starting on October 19 and is now open for registration.

The event is limited-access only with and only 20 riders will be allowed to take part.

The 350km ride sees participants travel on horseback from Port Edward to Kei Mouth over a period of four to five days. Each participant will ride three horses over the course of the race, with each horse covering on average of 50km per day.

In addition, there will be 12 scheduled veterinary checks every 29km to ensure the well-being of the horses.

According to race organiser and 2017 Mongol Derby winner Barry Armitage, RTWC is sure to prove a challenge to experienced riders.

“RTWC is a complex multi-stage race in which riders must brave this challenging wilderness and swim rivers while keeping horses fit for vet checks. It is no doubt the ultimate test of endurance and horsemanship for any long-distance rider,” Armitage said...

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