Meet Our Rider: Helen Davey (AUS)
We would like to welcome Helen Davey from Western Australia to ride with us this August!
Country of Residence *
How long have you been riding horses? *
I rode as a teenager and then had 20 years off. I've been riding again for 8 years.
What is your discipline? *
Endurance but I also like to have a play in jumping, cattle work and a bit of dressage.
What are your long-term goals for the sport?
Long term I'd like to just enjoy the sport and my horse. I get to camp out, travel, meet like minded people and spend all day with my horse. Next year I will compete in the Quilty in Western Australia.
Do you have horses? Please tell us about them.
My horse Cruiser is 7.5 years old. I have had him since he was 1 and we started endurance together. He's a QH X Rocky Mountain X Tennessee Walker. He's grown up quite long and lean and endurance suits him.
What is your training plan? (Include horse riding and any other fitness, training, or research points you feel will help you.)
I train endurance Cruiser about once a week and also cross train in other areas. Plus I do an 80 km ride once a month. I also ride other horses we have on the property so ride about three times a week. I ride a mountain bike several times a week as I'm also training for a big cycle weekend in October as a fundraiser for Canteen - kids with cancer. I have been doing yoga most nights for the past two years.
Gobi Desert Cup
Why are you competing in the Gobi Desert Cup?
It sounds awesome! I'd love to come experience the culture of Mongolia while also competing in an endurance ride.
What are you looking forward to most?
The Mongolian people, the horses and the general camp atmosphere. Also the challenge of riding 80 km per day.
What do you feel are your main strengths in competing for the Gobi Desert Cup?
I'm very determined and I enjoy a challenge.
What will be your biggest challenge?
Riding so many different horses with different personalities and gaits. It will use all my muscles and more!
What would you consider a successful ride?
Getting all my horses through all the vet checks and completing each and every day while also having a good time.
Why should others apply for the GDC?
I'd be best to answer that after I've participated but it looks to be a very well organised ride with a lot of care gone into the horses and all the planning. Looks to be an amazing adventure!
Make sure to join Helen on her equestrian adventure in Mongolia through our Facebook page!