The Gobi Desert Cup will be held from 27 August to 6 September starting in the capital of Ulaanbaatar and travelling through the Gobi Desert. The Gobi Desert Cup is a multistage endurance race on Mongolian horses unlike any other equestrian adventure.
Founded in 2016 by FEI 3* Endurance Rider, Camille Champagne, the Gobi Desert Cup is a multi-stage endurance ride and cultural experience through the Gobi Desert, riding trained and conditioned Mongolian horses every day for six days over a total of 480 kilometers.
This challenge is the only one of its kind to combine equestrian adventure and distance riding while at the same time positively supporting Mongolian nomadic culture and their horses before, during, and after the event. Combining the safety protocols and regulations of three international endurance organizations with semi-wild Mongolian horses, the event occurs over multiple terrains from dunes to rolling, verdant hills. Each of the 21 international riders will ride six horses in six days, testing their horsemanship, their endurance and their sense of adventure. Each horse is chosen specifically for its physical strength and quiet temper and is trained specially for the race by a team of Mongolian herdsmen and veterinarians.