The process

I had a few people ask how I got selected/considered for this.  So I want to share!

First off, I heard about this almost a year ago, when I blog I follow (http://wildhorseproject.blogspot.ca/) shared that she would be participating in the Derby in 2013.  This had me spending hours going through the official Derby website (http://www.theadventurists.com/the-adventures/mongol-derby) reading every single detail – this was something for me… something I MUST do.

The goal became for me to complete the Derby before I turned 30 – as that is the date I imagine I will stop bouncing quite so well.  Of course I have big dreams with Bentley – WEG, PanAm, Tevis etc, but I trust I wont need the ability to bounce quite so much with him – so this must be done first!

A little over a week and a half ago, I realized they were accepting applications for 2014 – yikes I will already be 28 by then! Expecting I would need to apply a few times before being accepted, I tossed my name in the hat and forgot about it for a day or two.

That was until they contacted my riding reference: Linda.  I hadnt even told her I had actually submitted the application yet!  She wrote me one fantastic reference – which I know was the ultimate reason I was selected.  I cannot thank her enough!

Within a few days of that (one week ago today) I got a call from a previous derby rider and interviewed about my riding experience: when did I start riding, give examples of the difficult horses I have ridden in the past, how would I ride a strange/wild horse, what is my travel experience, do I know how to take care of the horses and return them in good condition.  I was able to ask her a few questions too – of course, I asked her: did you absolutely love it?  Of course, how could you not (when you are as crazy and adventurous as one must be to enter it!)?  I completely didnt expect for everything to happen so fast.  It was a little overwhelming, but I decided to go for it!

The rest is pretty obvious – I got the email saying I was accepted, convinced Lee that its not a deathwish (or a debtwish) and shared the exciting news with my family, then you all!

Here is another thing though… they are still doing interviews!  So yes, you still can apply!

https://www.regonline.co.uk/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1317496

We could totally team up 🙂

 

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