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French Riders Dominate the 2019 Gobi Desert Cup

[Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia September 23, 2019] - France won both the Individual and Team awards at the Gobi Desert Cup, 27 August - 6 September 2019.

Vive la France! After months of preparation and six days of endurance racing Mongolian horses across the Gobi Desert, Cassandra Carmona the 23-year old eventer from France earns top points to win the Gobi Desert Cup!

Cassandra rode with strategy and managed her horses beautifully over 480 kilometers. She finished in first place twice as well as always placing in the top of the leaderboard throughout the race. More, she secured additional points for Best Managed Horse on Day Four, which ensured she had the edge to succeed among the competition. Cassandra competed as part of Team France, who won the overall team award with combined points to beat the other four teams. Her team consisted of Gold and Bronze World Endurance Champion Laetitia Goncalves, Sarah Bertaux D’Agier, and Virginie Jacquet Bournazel.

The Gobi Desert Cup is a multistage endurance race on Mongolian horses unlike any other equestrian adventure. Co-founded in 2016 by FEI 3* Endurance Rider, Camille Champagne, the Gobi Desert Cup is a multi-stage endurance race and cultural experience through the Gobi Desert, riding semi-wild Mongolian horses every day for six days over a total of 480 kilometers.

This challenge is the only one of its kind to combine equestrian adventure and distance riding while positively supporting Mongolian nomadic culture and their horses before, during, and after the event. Combining the safety protocols and regulations of three international endurance organizations with semi-wild Mongolian horses and horsemanship, the event occurs over multiple terrains from dunes to rolling, verdant hills. Each of the 21 international riders rode six horses in six days, testing their horsemanship, their endurance and their sense of adventure. Each horse was chosen specifically for their physical strength and quiet temper and trained specially for the race by our team of Mongolian herdsmen and veterinarians.

Mongolian horsemanship and nomadic tradition have remained virtually unchanged since the time of Genghis Khan in the 13th century. The Gobi Desert Cup was founded to directly benefit the local nomadic people and their horses, while drawing global attention to their slowly dwindling lifestyle through the Non-Government Organization, the Mongolian Horse and Nomad Foundation.

Gobi Desert Cup
The Gobi Desert Cup is a multistage endurance race on Mongolian horses unlike any other equestrian adventure. Co-founded in 2016 by FEI 3* Endurance Rider, Camille Champagne, the Gobi Desert Cup is a multi-stage endurance race and cultural experience through the Gobi Desert, riding semi-wild Mongolian horses every day for six days over a total of 480 kilometers.

This challenge is the only one of its kind to combine equestrian adventure and distance riding while positively supporting Mongolian nomadic culture and their horses before, during, and after the event. Combining the safety protocols and regulations of three international endurance organizations with semi-wild Mongolian horses and horsemanship, the event occurs over multiple terrains from dunes to rolling, verdant hills. Each of the potentially 24 international riders will ride six horses in six days, testing their horsemanship, their endurance and their sense of adventure. Each horse is chosen specifically for their physical strength and quiet temper and trained specially for the race by our team of Mongolian herdsmen and veterinarians. Mongolian horsemanship and nomadic tradition have remained virtually unchanged since the time of Genghis Khan in the 13th century. The Gobi Desert Cup was founded to directly benefit the local nomadic people and their horses, while drawing global attention to their slowly dwindling lifestyle through the Non-Government Organization, the Mongolian Horse and Nomad Foundation.

Source: Gobi Desert Cup / Photos: Heather Wallace


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