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Riders

Discover the brave riders taking on the 2018 Derby

Meet The Riders of 2018

  • Adrian Corboy

    Australia

    Adrian backs and breaks race horses for Ciaron Maher. He's started 150 horses already this year.

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  • Angus Lowe

    24, Fourways, Johannesburg, SA

    Is currently a student with the University of Pretoria. Loves polo and horses and rides and plays as much as possible.

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  • Annabel Neasham

    Australia

    Competed to CCI** in eventing in the UK. Moved to Oz in 2016 where she now works as Racing Manager to Ciaron Maher.

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  • Carol Federighi

    58, Takoma Park, Maryland, USA

    Government lawyer, endurance rider, Ride and Tie competitor. Always wondered if she could ride the day after a 100-mile ride, now she will find out.

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  • Cecilia Stone

    50, New South Wales, Australia

    Grew up on a farm and riding. After a long stint of being a Carer started looking for an adventure and found the Mongol Derby.

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  • Charlotte Howard

    25, Glentui New Zealand

    Ridden horses all her life from eventing to high country and most things in between. Currently work running the family business. Racing as tribute to her Mum.

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  • Charmaine McQuaid /O’Neill

    43, Kilkenny, Ireland (but lives in Leicestershire, UK)

    Born and bred into racing from Whytemount Stud in Ireland. Was Champion Irish lady Jockey 1997/98. Currently works as a feed rep for Gain Horse Feeds in the UK.

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  • Chase Becker

    21, Yandina Creek, Australia

    Competed in the Mongol Derby in 2016 but snapped a tendon in her ankle so couldn't finish. Is a pre-med studying Nursing and Midwifery.

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  • Christine Roberts

    29, Dallas, Pennsylvania, USA

    She grew up riding in Competitive Trail and made the switch to Endurance Racing in 2007. Enjoys martial arts, competitive shooting, travel, and horses.

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  • Devan Horn

    24, Houston, Texas, USA

    A third time Derby participant, she was runner-up (after crossing the line first in 2013) and then fell ill during the 2015 race.

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  • Dori Hertel

    48, Kingwood, Texas, USA

    Vet for 23 years. Done mainly what she calls “pleasure adventure” riding including endurance and polo. Owns and breeds quarter horses.

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  • Edward Archibald

    31. Scone, NSW, Australia

    Grew up on a cattle farm in Australia. Is competing with his two brothers and cousin. Raising money for Multiple Sclerosis research, which their uncle suffer from.

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  • Eion Kemp

    44, Matamata, New Zealand

    Owns one of the largest Thoroughbred Breaking in and Breeze up farms in the heart of Waikato.

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  • Eliza Allan

    35, Denmark, Western Australia

    Started riding every weekend age 12. Is a single-Mum and full-time teacher “terrified of going fast”

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  • Gemma Ractliffe

    37, Surrey, UK

    An accountant, Gemma had been riding since she can remember. Started riding at the Horse Rangers Association age 10, now teaches children there every weekend.

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  • Heather ‘Flash’ Accardo

    37, Prairieville, Louisiana, USA

    Grew up showing Arabs in every event possible and now endurance is her love. Is raising money for her charity Heros and Horses.

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  • Henry Bell

    33, Goulburn, NSW, Australia

    Brought up with horses on the family farm, and plays polo. Competing with his cousins and raising money for MS.

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  • Hinke van der Werf

    28, Groningen, The Netherlands

    Born and raised on a dairy farm in Friesland. While working as a nurse and a sociologist she has traveled a lot.

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  • Jack Archibald

    29. Scone, Australia

    Has ridden his whole life. Lives on a farm, professional polo player for 10 years. Has captained the national team. Now takes on this with his brothers and cousin.

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  • Jeanette Lazzaro

    29, Virginia Beach, USA

    Started riding at six months old and grew up riding in Pony Club and Eventing. Worked in aviation and in her spare time rescued and trained a quarter horse.

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  • Jocelyn Pierce

    31, Rockville, Maryland, U.S.

    Outdoor adventure freak, three-day eventer and an editor at Practical Horseman magazine. Is eager to immerse herself in one of the last surviving nomadic cultures

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  • Joel Scholz

    44, Florida, USA

    USAF veteran, and VP of sales for a mobile medical technology company. Him and his fiancee Nicolette are dedicating their entire wedding registry to Cool Earth.

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  • John Daniel Moore

    40, Kildare, Ireland

    A Bloodstock agent who is following in the footsteps of fellow Irishman and 2014 runner-up, Richie Killoran.

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  • Karrin O'Loughlin

    32, Toowoomba, Australia

    Grew up on her family cattle station in Queensland. Was riding horses before she could walk & has a passion for travel. Raising funds for RACQ LifeFlight Australia

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  • Kathy Gabriel

    27, Benambra, Victoria, Australia

    Has been in the saddle before she could walk. Spent years working in northern Australia on cattle stations. Now manages a beef property in the high country.

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  • Kelsey Opstad

    27, Anchorage, Alaska, USA

    A commercial fishing captain and paramedic who grew up showing dressage, but has since found a love of travel and other sports.

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  • Kelsey Riley

    29. Lexington, KY, USA (Canadian)

    Not ridden a horse in two years prior to applying, thought this would be perfect to get back into it. Raising money for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.

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  • Madison Smith

    28, San Francisco, USA

    Small business owner taking her second whack at the Derby after a bump on the head and some breaks in 2016. Raising money for the Homeless Prenatal Program.

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  • Manuel Espregueira Mendes

    28, Lisbon, Portugal

    Translator by qualification, rider by passion, with a foot in interior design, Manuel started show jumping at age nine.

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  • Matthew Graham

    57, Washington, USA

    Mechanical engineer, yoga teacher, freelance outdoors and adventure writer. Started riding horses 25 years ago. Is racing in honour of his late wife.

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  • Michael Gascon

    28, Poplarville, Mississippi, USA

    Fifth generation horse trainer who has dedicated his life to the way of the horse. “Ready to go on an adventure for the ages!!”

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  • Michael Turner

    Maun, Botswana (Citizen of UK & USA)

    Leads private safaris all over the African continent. Is riding in the 2018 Derby, “simply for the adventure as it just sounds too fantastic to pass up.”

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  • Mike Becker

    55, Yandina Creek Australia

    Having completed the Derby in 2016 is back again with Chase and Rod “to show them the way!!” Is a helicopter pilot and Company director of an aerospace group.

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  • Nicolette Merle-Smith

    30, Florida, USA

    A professional event rider, she is racing with her fiancee Joel, with whom she trains up their homebred sport horses.

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  • Pamela Karner

    64, Ithaca, New York, USA

    Recently retired large animal veterinarian. Has practiced for over 30 years. Is an endurance rider, veterinarian and ride manager in the US and Australia.

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  • Robert Archibald

    34, Scone, Australia

    Former captain of the Australian Polo Team, currently working in the racing industry for various different trainers. Competing with his brothers and cousin for MS.

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  • Rodney (Rod) Herman

    70, Maleny, Australia

    Has worked most of his adult life in the Equestrian Industry. Has been a horse rancher/rider, a horse trainer, EA riding Coach and accredited farrier.

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  • Rouke Bloemsma

    52, The Netherlands

    An architect who has ridden since she was eight – competing in dressage, jumping and eventing. Has been training for this for over a year.

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  • Samantha Anderson

    45, Durban, South Africa

    Rides a 1909 Humber 650kms in two days in an annual event called the DJ (Durban to Johannesburg). Has been training "like mad" for the Derby.

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  • Saif Noon

    18, Lahore, Pakistan

    Has been riding for nearly 12 years. Grew up in Lahore, where learnt and competed in polo. Has also been riding in Nurpur and some mountain ranges in the Punjab.

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  • Tamara Beckstead

    54, Rockwood, Canada

    A small animal vet who feels most alive atop a horse. Eventing has earned Tamara the nickname “Teflon Girl” by her coach.

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  • Trudi Thomas-Morton

    60, Levin New Zealand

    Has kept horses for 30+ years. Enjoys extreme trekking, competitive trail riding and endurance with horses.

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  • Valeria Ariza

    40, Montevideo, Uruguay

    The first ‘proud South American lady’ to take part in the Mongol Derby. Jumping and dressage are her origins and she works as a full-time trainer and coach.

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  • William Gunning

    34, Sydney, Australia

    Started riding as a child at his grandparents farm and then started entering Junior Rodeo competitions where his passion for horses grew.

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