S. Africa • Race the Wild Coast

In 2016, The Ride Horse Expeditions will launch Race the Wild Coast: a new breed of horse race. Riders, with a team of three horses, compete for victory over 350km of rugged paradise on the remote east coast of South Africa; navigating through this challenging wilderness, swimming rivers and keeping horses fit for vet checks in this complex multi-stage race will challenge the endurance of any horseback adventurer.

Date/Location

Full event: October 19-27, 2016
Pre-Race training: October 19th – 21st
Race: October 22nd – 26th
Departure: October 27th

The Wild Coast on the eastern seaboard of South Africa, from Port Edward to Kei Mouth. Competitors will be transferred from Durban’s King Shaka International Airport and fly out of East London Airport at the conclusion of the race. 

The Race

Total distance: 350 kilometres. This race will be a complex combination of endurance, horsemanship, navigation, strategy and what Mother Nature throws at you! The race window is a total of 5 days with the organisers expecting the winner to finish early on the fourth day.

  • Each rider has a team of 3 horses provided by a South African stud.
  • A multi stage format including: dawn start and dusk cut-off, compulsory holds for tide affected river crossings and timed releases.
  • There will be two horse changes at prescribed points: 123km and 209km into the race respectively.
  • Each stage ends with a vet check for the horses (approximately every 40km). A rider may only continue without penalty if their horse passes the vet check.
  • A recommended track with alternative routes or simply a stage destination, dependent on the terrain, will be provided on GPS to aid navigation. There will be no route markings on the ground.

Host

"The Ride Horse Expeditions" is passionate about exploring the lost art of journeying long distance on horseback, challenging people’s perceptions of what is possible with a horse in the landscapes of the modern era. 

The trips are “horseback expeditions” because that’s just what they are in distance, route and logistics. In order to keep the horses working fit, healthy and fed, on some of the expeditions, The Ride transports up to 3.5 tons of feed (plus your luggage, shelter, bedding, food and drinks) through some pretty remote and rough terrain. That’s an expedition! If you ride really well, are fit and adventurous and want an epic experience riding fast paced, challenging, long distance journeys on horseback this is the place for you!

Participation

The adventure format of the race requires real horsemanship skills, experience riding long distances and competence in operating a GPS; the critical aid to navigating in this landscape. Riders will need to be physically fit, confident swimmers and be comfortable in the wilderness, alone and self sufficient. Riders must complete an application form, including details of their qualifications to compete in the race. Acceptance of applications will be at the discretion of the organisers.

 


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