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Baguio equestrian competes in world’s ‘longest, toughest’ horse race


Baguio City, Philippines – The first and only Filipina to compete in the world’s ‘longest and toughest’ horse race is from Baguio City.


Solana Lim Perez is currently participating in the Mongol Derby 2023, an endurance race that covers a 1,000-kilometer route over the Mongolian steppe. Riders competing in the 10-day event change horses at stations every 40 kilometers.

This year’s Mongol Derby commenced on August 02 and will culminate on August 12. The event is being participated by 43 riders coming from different countries like United States of America, United Kingdom, Kenya, Ireland, Australia, and Canada, among others.


As of 5:01 a.m. of August 07, Perez has already covered 610 kilometers.


This Cordilleran equestrian signed up for Derby in 2019 and has waited for four years before she could live her aspiration of joining the world’s longest and toughest horse race.

Meantime, Perez is described to have trained and worked with wild Philippine native horses, according to her short bio on mongolderby.com.


“She’s ready to finish what she started and hopefully make the pony boys of Baguio City proud,” the website’s statement reads.

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