Found 22 Results from Desk to Derby

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Cutting

  I decided to ride way outside my comfort zone for my last adventure in this year of exploring new disciplines. With a helmet, breeches and tall boots I headed to a cutting horse clinic taught by a cowboy from Texas. The clinic was held at Fletcher’s Horse World in Waterford, Ontario, and hosted by […]
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Driving

People who participate in carriage driving have always been a bit of a mystery to me. Because I love riding so much, I’ve always wondered how they could possibly prefer to be behind a horse instead of astride one. I have a friend who rides and drives and she offered to give me a quick […]
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Barrel Racing

The first thing Lee Jackson asked me when I asked him if I could take one of his barrel racers for a spin was “how good a rider are you?” As I quickly learned, barrel racing is fast, fun and not for the faint of heart. Jackson, Ontario director of the National Barrel Horse Association, […]
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Vaulting

Vaulting. It’s one of those equestrian sports I’d filed alongside jousting in the ‘weird and alternative’ category. I didn’t know anyone who vaulted and until a few months ago I’d assumed the only people who did it were part of the circus or one of those other travelling shows like Cavalia. But, as I found […]
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Riding to Hounds

I’m the kind of person who loves to try new things. I think it’s in the space where I scare myself that I grow the most – particularly when it comes to horses. Last year, was all about pushing my limits after a years-long hiatus from riding. I galloped a racehorse, rode my first endurance […]
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Crossing the Finish Line

It’s been over two weeks since I crossed the Mongol Derby finish line and I’m just beginning to understand what happened to me. Twenty-eight Mongolian horses and 1,000 kilometres later I’m a much different person from the timid amateur rider who crossed the start line on August 5th. The extreme experiences I’ve had over this […]
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In Ulaanbaatar

Excuse the brevity of the post as I’m typing it on my iPhone with a thumb and finger that don’t entirely work, but I’ve arrived in Mongolia! I landed on Wednesday and have been doing some sightseeing and fiddling with my gear for the last few days. Three more days until the race starts and […]
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And I’m Off!!

Almost 11 months of preparation has brought me here – as you read this I’ll be in the air somewhere over Europe enroute to Beijing and then, after a 16-hour layover, on to Ulaanbaatar. It’s been another hectic week as I got back to Canada and immediately went about doing the boring Mongol Derby housekeeping […]
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The Final Countdown

The last two weeks have zoomed past and today I realize that in seven days I leave for Mongolia. It’s a bit surreal that my departure is so close now, having spent the last 11 months completely focused on this one goal. This past week I met another Derby rider – Michelle Tanaka – who […]
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A Bad Break

While training for the Mongol Derby I’ve continuously tried to find the balance between pushing myself and keeping my body intact so I arrive at the start line as healthy and fit as can be. All that went to hell last week as I had a minor accident that left me with an injury that’s […]
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My First Official Endurance Ride

I’ve been riding every day for almost three weeks in Moab. Surely, I thought, I’m now fit enough to attempt two 50 mile (80 kilometre) endurance races in one weekend. So we packed up the trailer and drove nearly five hours to the Strawberry Fields Endurance Ride near the Strawberry Reservoir in Utah. Dubbed the […]
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The Importance of Having a No. 1 Fan

I’m back in Moab after a six-day epic U.S. road trip with my boyfriend, Fernando. Along the way we dubbed the trip #RunMerica and #EatMerica as we indulged in two of our favourite activities – binging and long distance running. With stops in Indianapolis, St. Louis, Kansas City, Denver and Glenwood Springs, Colo., we dined […]
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A Party and One Last Ride on Canadian Soil

I’m now in my final week of work before I drive down to Moab to reconnect with Christoph Schork for six weeks of Mongol Derby boot camp. Last weekend, I had my last run on a racehorse and as I rounded the final lap of a three mile gallop, it hit me how much stronger […]
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Overwhelmed by Generosity

With every little step of preparation I complete, the Mongol Derby becomes a little more real. My treasure chest arrived last week. In it, my rider T-shirt, the saddle bag I’ll use to carry only 11 pounds of gear for 10 days, and a myriad of other little treats like electrolyte tablets and a saddle […]
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The Hard Work Begins

I woke up this morning and realized it was May. Now only three months until I scramble on top of that first Mongolian horse and bomb over the start line of a 1,000 kilometre journey. After getting my ass kicked in Utah by a 62-year-old, I’ve also realized my fitness needs some work. This past […]