Emma Manthorpe fulfills her Mongol Derby dream

DREAM: Bobbie Friend, Emma Manthorpe and Charlotte Wills cross the Mongol Derby finish line together on Thursday, August 17.

DREAM: Bobbie Friend, Emma Manthorpe and Charlotte Wills cross the Mongol Derby finish line together on Thursday, August 17.

PORT Lincoln woman, Emma Manthorpe was 16th to cross the finish line in the world’s longest and hardest horse race, the Mongol Derby. 

The Mongol Derby – run by The Adventurists each year – recreates the postal route Genghis Khan set up in the 13th century.

The race brings professional, semi-professional and amateur riders together to ride semi-wild Mongolian horses across the country’s varied terrain.

Miss Manthorpe had to ride 1000 kilometres across Mongolia for the race, stopping every 40 kilometres to change horses and she had far from an easy start.

Her grandfather Dion Manthorpe said she was the last entrant to be given a horse on the first day and it took two handlers 10 minutes to get a saddle on it. 

However, Miss Manthorpe took the challenge in her stride, completing the race without any serious injuries. 

Miss Manthorpe’s aunt Meredith Lindsay said riders had to ride about 100 kilometres each day, with compulsory stops to change horses and to rest the night. 

Ms Lindsay said to finish 16th was quite an achievement with the race being won by a former Olympian.

“It has been a dream of hers for years so we’re all really proud of her,” she said.

“It is such a good result and from about 40 riders I think she’ll be really happy with it.”

The family had been tracking Miss Manthorpe’s progress online each day and after days of nothing but riding, her grandfather said they were relieved to see Miss Manthorpe cross the finish line with two other riders.