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Herbert races in the Mongol Derby - Full Story

July 26 2017

By Martin Lee Van Roosendaal II
Wave Associate Editor

Amanda Charlton Herbert, of Summit County, will be traveling to Mongolia Saturday to compete the Mongol Derby which is the longest and toughest horse race in the world.

“The 1000km course recreates Chinggis Khaan's legendary empire-busting postal system,” according to the website “ Riders change horses every 40km and stay with the local herders or camp under the stars.”

Amanda grew up working and riding horses, in Long Island, New York, she has developed a love and respect for the animals she trains with every day.

“My mom started volunteering for a therapeutic riding program in New York because we didn’t have the money to take lessons,” said Amanda. “I was 8 years old when I started to go with my mom. I would help out with the horses and riders, and finally I was able to get my first lessons and that’s how it all started.”

While working at a cattle ranch in Colorado last summer, and living in a cabin with no electricity or running water, she found out that a previous employee competed in a endurance race in Mongolia...

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