A Lo­gis­ti­cal Night­mare

Practical Horseman - - Inside Your Ride -

The Mon­gol Derby is a com­pli­cated event to or­ga­nize and run, to say the least. Hats off to the brave crew mem­bers who deal with any num­ber of prob­lems and con­tinue to make the com­pe­ti­tion a re­sound­ing suc­cess year af­ter year. Led by Mon­gol Derby Chief Katy Willings and Head of Mon­go­lian Op­er­a­tions Sha­tra Pgb, they se­lect the 1,400 horses for the race, work along­side the 200 Mon­go­lian herders and in­clude es­sen­tial per­son­nel, such as driv­ers, trans­la­tors, vet­eri­nar­i­ans and the four-mem­ber med­i­cal team. By the time the win­ner crosses the fin­ish line, about half of the rid­ers will have just reached the mid­way point. The pack is so spread out along the route that run­ning the derby be­comes a jug­gling act to make sure enough crew mem­bers are at each ur­tuu, en­sur­ing a fair and sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ence for all rid­ers.

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