Meet Our Rider: Bob Gauthier (USA)

Before we begin in Bob's words, he just completed his first Tevis Cup, a 100-mile race over the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. Only 42% of riders actually crossed the finish line, and Bob placed 16th! 

 

 

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Your name, country of residence, and age?

Bob Gauthier/USA/53

 

 

How long have you been riding horses for?

2 years.

 

 

How many horses do you own? 

n/a

 

 

What are your main motivations for entering The Gobi Desert Cup?

Experience and adventure.

 

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What have been your major highlights/achievements in endurance riding/equestrian sports?

Top 10 in my first two 50’s and completing a 100 miler all within the first 3 months/training for Tevis as we speak.

 

What do you fear the most about the race?

Gear and food.

 

List your current personal best in equestrian sports -  other sports? 

4th place in my first 50, winning a buckle & $ sorting cows on an Arabian…quite a few other accomplishments in road cycling and mountain biking along with 10 years of outrigger ocean canoe racing.

 

(Note: and now placing 16th at the Tevis Cup!)

 

What do you feel are your main strengths for The Gobi Desert Cup?

Endurance and horsemanship, mental focus.

 

 

What areas do you feel that you need improvement in before the race?

Lead selection and riding with longer stirrups.

 

 

Do you currently do any other kind of training besides riding horses? If yes, provide details.

Running, outrigger canoe, and gym.

 

 From left to right: Gobi Desert Cup Team USA members, Bob Gauthier, Christoph Schork, and Allan Horn at Tevis. Not shown, team member Jeff Stuart.

From left to right: Gobi Desert Cup Team USA members, Bob Gauthier, Christoph Schork, and Allan Horn at Tevis. Not shown, team member Jeff Stuart.

 

How much are you riding in preparation for the race, what is your training plan?

Training for Tevis currently, 100 miles last week in the saddle, tapering as we speak.

 

 

 

Why do you think people need to sign up to ride The Gobi Desert Cup with you this year?

Experience, adventure, cultural, the people.

 

 

Finally, what would be a successful ride for you?

Completing each day safely and hopefully in the lead, enjoying the moment, the people and the beauty of the country.

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