Meet Our Rider: Amy Eighteen (Australia)
Your name, country of residence, and age?
Amy Eighteen, Australia, 29yo
How long have you been riding horses for? - how many horses do you own?
I have been riding since I was a young child, however, I didn't own my first horse until I was 18yo. I currently have two horses.
What are your main motivations for entering The Gobi Desert Cup?
To challenge me whilst experiencing a different culture and to learn about different people and their way of living. I enjoy doing things that put me outside of my comfort zone, challenge me and cause me to grow as a person.
What have been your major highlights/achievements in endurance riding/equestrian sports?
I haven't participated in many equestrian sports/competitions, however, training a wild brumby for the Australian Brumby Challenge and competing at EQUITANA with him has been my highlight.
What are your long-term goals in the sport?
After completing my first endurance ride at 40km I would like to attend more events. It is such a fun sport.
What do you fear the most about the race?
Not being able to complete the race due to injury like falling ill during the race.
List your current personal best in equestrian sports - other sports?
Highest sale price at the Auction for the Australian Brumby Challenge EQUITANA 2016.
What do you feel are your main strengths for The Gobi Desert Cup?
Determination, a 'can do' attitude and a willingness to have fun.
What areas do you feel that you need improvement in before the race?
Miles on a horse, lots and lots of miles.
Do you currently do any other kind of training beside riding horses? If yes, provide details.
I keep fit overall with lots of walking and running.
How much are you riding in preparation for the race, what is your training plan?
I have just started to get into contact with Endurance riders. I have already ridden at one event and plan to do as many as possible between now and August
Why do you think people need to sign up to ride The Gobi Desert Cup with you this year?
What better way to see and experience the world and a different culture - an ancient one at that! All while challenging yourself and creating a memory that will last a lifetime.
Finally, what would be a successful ride for you?
To get to the finish line with a smile on my face and my body intact. A win might be nice too.
By Heather Wallace