Way back, before this century had reached double digits, the Mongol Derby was cantering on to the world stage. A company called The Adventurists invited a group of 24 riders, who set forth to see if a 1,000km race on semi-wild horses across Mongolia was even possible.
It turned out that we were right. It was possible and a new world record was soon established confirming that the Mongol Derby was the longest horse race in the world. It was quite clear that it was also the toughest. Tough on the riders that is. Gentle on the fine beasts that make it all possible.
Years passed and race after race grew in notoriety. In the background we planned to launch another ultra long-distance race – the Gaucho Derby.
And now we’re unreasonably excited to launch the Equestrianists. We’ve split the horse racing arm off into a separate company completely obsessed and focused on the new sport we created involving long-distance multi-horse racing.
Under this new banner, we’re deep into the planning to set up the greatest equine racing series possible. We are dedicated to finding and celebrating those unique places where horses, humans, and history coexist in cultures that have defined our relationship with these majestic animals. This is a series of races that will test horsemanship and endurance of riders in new and unprecedented ways. This is the Dakar Rally of horse racing. This is the Equestrianists World Series.
Welcome to the new home of equine adventure races – watch this jaw-dropping, dazzling video to find out more:
Stud owner and bloodstock agent David Redvers, who completed the Mongol Derby in 2016 and whose wife Laura completed the inaugural Gaucho Derby in 2020, said: “I can honestly say that it was the most amazing, exhilarating experience of my life. The scenery was beyond anything you can imagine, my riding companions were the best fun, but the Mongolian ponies are the most incredible animals on the planet. I think this evolution into the Equestrianists and the planned World Series is fantastic news and would recommend anyone who loves horses and is both mad enough and tough enough to have a go.”