Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Marlborough horse woman braves 500km Andes horse race for charity - Full Story

By Niki Hinman
February 26 2020

A Marlborough horsewoman is saddling up for the ride of a lifetime across the remote Patagonian Andes in South America.

Clare King is taking part in the first-ever Gaucho Derby and is hoping to raise £10,000 for Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group

The multi-horse endurance race from March 5 to14, is the brainchild of UK-based adventure gurus The Adventurists and its gruelling course covers 500km of beautiful and challenging terrain.

In addition to riding and hiking for 13 and a half hours a day – swapping horses every 50km – riders will have to fend for themselves throughout.

Though Clare, 41, is no stranger to endurance horseback racing, this latest adventure represents a completely new challenge.

She explained: “In 2013, I came third in the Mongol Derby, the longest and toughest horse race in the world. It was undoubtedly the hardest thing I have ever done, mentally and physically, and I said, ‘Never ever again, I’m settling down’...

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