Meet Our Rider: Alex Lewis (USA)
** Sadly Alex had to pull from the race due to an injury that will prevent her safely riding with us. We wish her a speedy recovery and hope she will join us next year!**
Meet new mom and amateur endurance rider Alexandra Lewis, of Washington State, USA. Alex heard about our race from one of our other riders, and decided to join her team! It isn’t easy to train for 480 kilometers with a baby at home, but Alex makes it look easy and fun. Her husband and son will be cheering her on from home while Alex has the adventure of a lifetime! Read more to hear a little more about Alex.
Name: Alexandra (Alex) Lewis
Residence: Washington State, USA
How long have you been riding horses? 25 years.
Do you own horses? Tell us about them!
I do! I own 5 horses with my husband. Four Arabians and one mustang. A few of our horses are competing in endurance currently, and one other is coming up in endurance this year. I adopted my Mustang while working with a rescue a few years ago.
Why are you competing in the Gobi Desert Cup?
I am VERY intrigued by the Mongolian nomadic culture and this race is a perfect combination of endurance and fitness, all while preserving the lifestyle of its people. As an Equine Bodyworker, horse welfare is extremely important to me and knowing this fundraiser is a part of supporting Mongolian herds makes me feel great about raising funds for this event!
What is your equestrian discipline? How do you feel that will help you?
I have experience in jumping and am currently active in endurance. The longest I have ridden is 55 miles of tough terrain, which I feel will help me to best care for and pace my equine partners every day through the 480km.
What are your long term goals in the sport?
To train endurance equine athletes for other folks, as well as rehabilitate horses when needed for riders and owners who may not have the time or support.
What do you feel are your main strengths in competing the Gobi Desert Cup?
An understanding of what endurance riding takes versus other equestrian sports, it’s a bit of a different way of managing a horse in order to help them be successful at the end of the day.
What do you fear most about the race?
If the horses are too wild LOL! I feel I am a very competent rider, but no one likes fighting with a horse for fifty miles.
What are you looking forward to most in Mongolia?
Cantering across the open steppe, and seeing the sunset in Mongolia on horseback!
What do you need to improve before the race?
My cardio…I had a baby five months ago, and while I feel my riding is still great, I need to improve my cardio.
What is your training plan?
LOTS of research on Mongolia, weather, horses, and their care in Mongolia, etc. Riding all four of our horses that are at our home, and a few others at jump barns as well (cross disciplines). I am also working out with two different fitness coaches to cross train.
Why should others sign up for the Gobi Desert Cup?
To preserve the Mongolian nomadic culture and their livestock! And because it’s an adventure of a lifetime.
What would you consider a successful ride?
Getting my horse to camp in top shape, fit to continue at the end of the day!
Do you have anything else you’d like us to know about you?
I fought breast cancer two years ago and have been cancer free since!!! YAY!!
Well, Alex we love your passion and can’t wait to follow your journey during the event! See you in Mongolia.