About Our Team
We have created a unique endurance race across a vast and ancient land where a special bond and true horsemanship will be required. Riding each horse to the best of their abilities and keeping them fit for the vet checks will be what gets you through. You will learn to get on each horse and put your heart in their hoof. You will discover a whole new level of trust.
You won't find a more inspirational Race Director than elite international endurance rider and highly respected natural horsemanship trainer - Camila Champagne. She has trained Australia's best endurance horses including the three times Tom Quilty winner Brookleigh Excalibur and placed in the most prestigious races, including the Tom Quilty and Walvis Bay. Known as an adventurist, Camila has completed the longest and toughest horse races in the world and regularly compete at 160 FEI***level internationally.
Camila has selected the finest team to run the race with her. Including a very experienced Chief Steward, FEI qualified vet that you will find vetting at the world's most famous endurance races and a media person responsible for all the great stories and photos. We are a professional, skilled, fun and experienced team and will get you over the finish line.
Camila's passion for the race, and willingness to share her experience and commitment to both the horses and riders is exceptional. "I am proud of the race we have created, with the greatest of horse welfare standards. A great endurance event on a horse you will only find in Mongolia, trained especially for The Gobi Desert Cup. Be part of something authentic but also exclusive within our Traditional Mongolian camp. Travel through the most remote and spectacular places of the Gobi Desert, make friends for life; You will be living the deepest equine experience of your lifetime.”
From the day you sign up, you will have regular contact with Camila. You will receive monthly newsletters to help you get ready from hotel, visa, equipment, clothing, to the must have including mental and emotional fitness.
Camila and her team will be with you every step of the way to ensure, you cross the finish line and have a life changing experience. "It is all about prior and proper preparation to ensure an enjoyable and positive experience. Every rider has a story, which they share with us. It is a great journey to watch everyone face their own challenges, they come home stronger and completely changed". We also provide a lot of support during the race to see everyone finish from international endurance riders to show jumpers, eventers, campdrafters or simply amateurs. It makes for a very interesting and fun race to watch as amateurs always seem to surprise us!
The Gobi Desert Cup is the perfect definition of endurance:"EN-DUR-ANCE (noun) the power to whistand pain or hardships; the ability or strength to continue despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions."
Mongolian veterinarian who grew up on the Kentti plain, the birthplace of Genghis Khan. A very ambitious man with international experience from Ireland where he spent four years specialising in Reproduction and Lameness. During winter you will find Nara at the University in Ulan Bataar, doing research or lectures. The Gobi Desert Cup is a great opportunity for Nara to share his passion for Mongolian racing with the rest of the world, along with the nomadic lifestyle, the culture and local people. Nara says : " The inaugural race was a great success. The horses were well ridden and cared for by the riders. It was a fantastic experience for all involve."
Nara works together with the ride Director, Camila, to provide the horses and design the course.
In addition to the team listed above, you will enjoy the assistance and camaraderie of various other crew members. Local families and herders will help you handle/care for the horses and move the camp. No one knows and understands theses fantastic beasts more than the wonderful native Mongolians who care for them every day. The hospitality, kindness, and expert understanding of the land and the horses will provide you with an unmatched appreciation for this incredible experience. FEI qualified veterinarians, certified medics, and local interpreters, local chef, a fantastic team of herders to change and move camp, will also accompany you on your trek across Mongolia.
You will be surrounded by a team of passionate, professional and experienced people.