Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Iowa's Shelby Van Weelden to Compete in 2024 Mongol Derby

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By AMY STOURAC news@vintonnewspapers.com
Nov 27, 2023

VINTON — Shelby Van Weelden from Coggon has been riding horses for 20 years, since she was in the 6th Grade. Shelby, who is the daughter of Vinton Unlimited’s Melody Snow, will soon take her hobby to a new level when she competes in the 2024 Mongol Derby, which according to the race’s website is “the longest, toughest horse race in the world.”

“It was the nerve system of the largest empire in human history, and at its height, Genghis Khan’s mighty horse messenger system connected half the planet. For a decade we’ve been rebuilding this ancient network to stage the world’s greatest equine adventure race. You square up to 1000 km of Mongolian steppe on semi-wild horses, changing steeds every 40km. You navigate and survive on your own wits and skill, living among the herders. It’s you and your horse vs. the wild,” equestrianists.com said.

Five years ago, a suggestion on Facebook led Shelby to a post about an old cowboy from Texas that was doing the Mongol Derby (MD). “I followed that race, and I followed it for a few more years, and I thought, yeah this is something that I have to do,” Shelby said...

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