Chase Endurance

During the day I am a reserved corporate lawyer, shuffling paperwork here and there, discussing risk management and basically advising everyone in my company to "play it safe." However, when I leave the office, I become unrecognizable, uncontrollable and risk becomes unmanageable.

My name is Heidi Telstad and I am an adventure junkie. Whether it is competing in a Redbull Mount 7 Psychosis mountain bike race, hitching a ride on an aerobatics stunt plane or snowboarding in the backcountry, many items on my bucket list have been checked off, but the list keeps growing! My next adventure will be the Mongol Derby in August 2016, and I will be documenting my training (or lack thereof) for your entertainment over the next year.

In honour of my nephew, Chase, who is only four years old and has lived with epilepsy since he was a baby, my chosen charity is BC Epilepsy Society, through Canada Helps. My 1,000km endurance ride in Mongolia is short compared to Chase's endurance fight.

Please note that the opinions and methods expressed on this blog are my own, and do not necessarily reflect those of the Horse Publications Group.

Day 1, Leaving Urtuu 2 on Our Third Set of Horses

Once again Will and I were playing catch-up to those who left Urtuu 2 before we managed to get organized and on the trail. This was our third set of horses and they were good steady mounts. This time I…

Day 1, Horse 2, Leg 2

Will and I walked up and down the tether line looking for our next two racehorses. We wanted to get two horses that looked about the same and would hopefully go the same speed. Will picked out his horse and…

Day 1, Leg 1, Horse 1 of the 2016 Mongol Derby

We were randomly assigned our racehorses on Day 1, Leg 1 of the 2016 Mongol Derby. Well, some of us received racehorses and the rest of us received well behaved trail ponies. I knew the moment I boarded “Snowball” that…

From Chase to Lumby and Then to Tevis!

In preparation for riding (and surviving) the Mongol Derby, I have been trying to ride as many different horses as possible in as many different terrains and various saddles. This year a new ride was introduced in Chase, BC put…

Spruston Backcountry Endurance Ride

Jamison was bucking and running like a maniac through the thick brush. For some unknown reason he did not go running back to camp on the trail, but decided to run through the thick brush and jump over the copious…

Bad Luck in Fort St John

Once again I was hopping on a plane in order to get to a ride site. However, this time I was heading up north to Fort St John, BC wherein I was advised that the forest fires had died down…

Antelope Island

The finish line was in sight and Doc knew it was time to overtake these two gentlemen and their horses, but we were still on a single track trail and passing was dangerous with the boulders lining the sides. They…

Am I Cursed?

All of a sudden Doc disappeared from beneath me and I felt myself falling forward over his neck. I only had enough time to close my eyes before my face hit the ground. I’ll back up to the beginning of…

Having “Fun In The Sun”

Jill, from Connecticut, and I arrived at Orlando Airport in Florida at roughly the same time on the afternoon of Thursday, March 10th to begin our three-hour journey to the Fun In The Sun (“FITS”) Endurance Ride in Williston, Florida….

Vaccinations Anyone?

I called one of the travel clinics and told them about my plans to gallivant across Mongolia on semi-feral horses being chased by wild and rabid dogs. I was hoping to get the most up to date information about when…

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