A Port Lincoln woman will be taking on the longest and toughest horse race in the world.
Emma Manthorpe will be entering into the Mongol Derby between August 6 and 19, which will see her riding for 1000 kilometres across Mongolia, stopping every 40 kilometres to change horses.
The course recreates the postal route Genghis Khan set up in the 13th century and includes a range of terrain including open plains, mountain passes and river crossings.
Each year about 40 professional, semi-professional and amateur riders take on the derby which requires them to balance survival skills and horsemanship.
Ms Manthorpe said an organisation called The Adventurists put on the endurance race each year and it was her passion to take part in this race.
Not only is there no million dollar prize at the end but a lot of the event is to support charity awareness and fundraising.
“I have been wanting to achieve a horse event of grand scale for quite some time but until I came across the Mongol Derby I hadn’t found one I truly desired,” she said.
“The Mongol Derby and all it stands for is exactly what I was after.
“Not only is there no million dollar prize at the end but a lot of the event is to support charity awareness and fundraising.”
Ms Manthorpe said all riders were asked to fundraise for a charity of their choice and she chose to focus all her fundraising efforts on Cool Earth. Cool Earth is a non-government organisation which aims to protect rainforests across the world.
Ms Manthorpe has organised a Winter Wonderland event on June 10 at Beer Garden Brewing with all ticket sales going towards Cool Earth.
She said Beer Garden Brewing provided the venue for free and all involved including musicians, the sound technician and media package designer were donating their time.
Ms Manthorpe said Cool Earth supported so many areas that were close to her heart.
“Cool Earth work with the indigenous villages to set them up so they can live sustainable lifestyles and refuse to be bought out by loggers,” she said.
“With myself also being a vet nurse I’m all for the protection of native vegetation and that of the wildlife that live in it.”
Event information can be found at www.coolearthfundraiser.com.au.