Mongol Derby 2017

The Mongol Derby 2017, featured in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s longest and toughest horse race, got underway August 9th. This is the 9th Derby and it features 13 men and 29 women from eight countries riding 1000km across Mongolia on semi-wild horses.

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By the day before the final battle to the finish line:

Of the 42 strong field that set out, 35 are still going in the 2017 Mongol Derby, the world’s longest, and errr, did we mention, toughest, horse race at 1000 kms across the Mongolian steppe. Continue reading “Mongol Derby 2017”

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An Old Man & An Old Horse

I was looking through some photos for a new header for Northernhorse today when I came upon some photos from last summer of Dave and Buzz.

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Although Dave probably wouldn’t be still riding horses were it not for my passion for doing so, he likes them a lot. And, because he has kept riding all these years (mostly to be nice to me), he still really enjoys going for a nice quiet ride across the pasture. That and the fact he still has Buzz.

He will watch and help when I am schooling a young horse in the riding ring or halter training a youngster but has no interest to work on such things himself.

Lead departures are irrelevant to Dave. He never lopes. He doesn’t want to lope. He could care less about a “head set” just that the horse keeps an eye out for gopher holes along the trail. Continue reading “An Old Man & An Old Horse”

Competitors in 2017 Mongol Derby

35 competitors from around the world tackle the 9th Mongol Derby: the world’s longest horse race www.mongolderby.com

“What better way to test yourself than through a tough endurance race that immerses you in a unique culture and takes you to Mongolia, the spiritual home of equestrianism.” Mongol Derby competitor 2017

This is the 9 th Mongol Derby, featured in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s longest and toughest horse race. The 2017 race features 12 men and 23 women from nine countries riding 1000km across Mongolia on semi-wild horses.

William Comiskey was one of the joint winners in 2016 – and he’s back to try and win single handedly this time. Trying to stop him are 34 fearsome competitors including an Olympian, a cattle herder, a dairy farmer, a potato farmer, an ostrich rider, a dog sledder, a psychologist, an artist, a banker, a private investigator. And even a desperate housewife. Plus of course, the usual vets and riders of every type of horse on the planet. Although of course, many of them are yet to ride the Mongolian horses… Continue reading “Competitors in 2017 Mongol Derby”

CQHA Seeking Team Canada Youth Members for 2018 AQHA Youth World Cup

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(Calgary, AB – June 24, 2017 — A major initiative of the Canadian Quarter Horse Association (CQHA) is to co-ordinate and field a team to represent Canada at biennial American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Youth World Cup competitions. Each participating country may select up to five youth team competing riders, two alternate riders and three non-competing youth to represent their country. Continue reading “CQHA Seeking Team Canada Youth Members for 2018 AQHA Youth World Cup”

Another GREAT Mane Event!

See you at the Mane Event” is a pretty common phrase around these parts. We all look forward to a visit with our “horsey” friends after a long western Canadian winter. And, just like the crocuses, thousands of horse people from every discipline will suddenly show up, sometimes even poking through the snow, to see what the many, many vendors have brought to entice us or teach us. Along with this are knowledgeable clinicians teaching throughout the buildings and 2 arenas and, of course, you don’t want to miss the “Trainers Challenge”. There is lots to be learned.

Showing  you all the exhibitors, clinicians and vendors isn’t really an option so we thought we would concentrate on the ones who are also on Northernhorse.com. If you weren’t at The Mane Event this year, let us give you a good idea of what you missed. Continue reading “Another GREAT Mane Event!”

CQHA Seeks Team Canada Coach and Team Manager for 2018 AQHA Youth World Cup

NEW — EXTENDED DEADLINE TO APPLY

Calgary, AB — April 3, 2017 –The Canadian Quarter Horse Association is pleased to announce that the next American Quarter Horse Association Youth World Cup will be held June 28 – July 8 in College Station, Texas. This event, first held in Australia in 1986 as the International Youth Quarter Horse World Cup, has become one of the most prestigious equine competitions recognized worldwide.

The AQHA Youth World Cup features teams of five riders from up to 16 different countries. The host country provides a pool of horses for the competition. And, in the tradition of every Youth World Cup event since 1986, the CQHA will co-ordinate and field a youth team of up to five riders, plus alternates, to represent our country as Team Canada. Continue reading “CQHA Seeks Team Canada Coach and Team Manager for 2018 AQHA Youth World Cup”