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St. George horseman completes one of the world’s toughest endurance races - Full Story

Written by E. George Goold
May 10, 2024

ST. GEORGE — The Gaucho Derby is a 500-kilometer horse race through some of the most rugged mountain terrain in the world, and it was conquered by a St. George local.

Scott Nielsen, a project manager at Black Desert Resort, competed in the 2023 event in nine days to finish the endurance race, a test of skill and spirit for both man and beast.

“Participating in the Gaucho Derby has been an incredible journey of self-discovery and perseverance. It was about pushing my limits and embracing the spirit of adventure that defines such extreme challenges,” Nielsen said in a press release.

The derby is run in southern Argentina, near the Andes Mountains. Riders tackle unmarked paths and daunting scenery...

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