Let us introduce
you to Mongolia.
More than an endurance race, a cultural experience.
A 480km stage by stage, international endurance race.
Ride Mongolian horses to challenge your horsemanship.
Six days, riding 80km a day to test your endurance.
Welcome to The Gobi Desert Cup, with a 480 kilometre multi-stage endurance ride through the Gobi Desert, riding Mongolian horses everyday for 6 days over 80 kilometre. Riders from the four corners of the world come to compete in The Gobi Desert Cup.
Following a marked course, starting every morning at 7AM, riders must complete the course before 7 PM. Two vet checks are held a day; one at 40 km and one at the end of the 80km. When entering the vetting area, riders will have 30 min to get their horse's heart rate to 64bpm or below. At each vet check, the horses will be trotted out under saddle and checked for lameness. After passing the vet check, a compulsory vet hold of 40min will allow both riders and horses to rest, eat and drink.
The horses selected for the cup qualify based on age, health, quietness, experience and ability to cover long distances. Once qualified, the horses go to our training centre to be trained and conditioned for the race.