A few weeks ago, I learned about a horse race that is to take place on August 22, 2009. Called the Mongol Derby, riders from around the world will be riding Mongolian native horses in a race of 1000 km (600 mi.) over the steppes. Again today, I've received more information in my email inbox. While this long distance horse race may sound romantic and adventurous to some, it could mean injury or death to riders or horses. Many experienced horse-persons and organizations are protesting this event. One such organization, The Long Riders Guild
, is providing background information that includes links to the Mongol Derby website, comments from outraged horse enthusiasts, and statements from experienced endurance riders. There is also an online petition
protesting the race.
In an email appeal, Linda Tellington-Jones asks that all animal lovers “consider speaking out for the spirit of these hardy Mongolian horses and help prevent this race from taking place August 22.” After reading as much information as I am able to, and coming from a background in distance riding I decided to add my name to the petition. Please consider adding your name to the petition to stop this inhumane race.