Joshua West: The Mongol Derby heads for SABC3 screens in April

Cooked in Africa Films was in Mongolia last year to film the world’s longest horse race (Guinness World Records, 2010) as part of its’ second production for The Ride series titled The Mongol Derby: Race Across the Steppe. Based on Genghis Khan’s postal system of the 13th century, the race covers 1000 km across the Mongol Steppe and saw South African equine adventurers, Barry Armitage and Joe Dawson, compete against 23 accomplished riders from around the world for the 2011 Mongol Derby title. Fellow South Africans, Craig Egberink, Kevin Price-Moor and Paul Erskine also competed, with Underberg dairy farmer, Craig Egberink ultimately winning the race in seven days. While only 12 riders completed the race, Joe Dawson finished fifth and Kevin Price-Moor finished sixth. Paul Erskine retired from the race after 200km, while Barry Armitage sustained a serious shoulder injury close to the finish that put him out of the running. To read the full article, click hereThe Mongol Derby heads for SABC3 screens in April

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