Ghengis Khan’s horse-powered postal system played a crucial role in expanding and maintaining his vast empire. On August 22, a cadre of bold adventurers will resurrect the Mongolian post in the longest horse race in the world.
The Mongol Derby spans 1000 km. Every 40 km, competitors will ride into morin urtuu, horse stations. They will have the opportunity to eat, rest a (if desired) and saddle a fresh steed for the next leg of the journey.
Over 700 native Mongolian horses are expected to take part in the adventure.
The Mongol Derby is steeped in controversy. Animal welfare concerns brew amidst conflicting communications. Politics between nations and organizations threaten to overshadow sportsmanship and achievment.
Read about the race at: http://mongolderby.theadventurists.com/index.php
Read about the controversy at: http://www.thelongridersguild.com/mongolia.htm.