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She won the world's toughest, longest horse race - or pony race - and has written a compelling account of her victory

Photo © Richard DunwoodyPhoto © Richard DunwoodyIn 2013, on a bit of a whim, Lara Prior-Palmer travelled to Mongolia and became the first woman - and the youngest competitor - to win 'the world’s longest, toughest horse race'.  Six years later this niece of Lucinda Green has written an astonishing book about her race: Rough Magic.

The fairly gentle British sport of pony racing is one thing, riding twenty-five different wild ponies across 1,000 kilometres of Mongolian steppes, is more ordeal than sport. 

 

Lara at the White Horse BookshopLara at the White Horse BookshopAged nineteen, Lara not only stayed the course, but she beat the favourite - an ambitious blonde Texan girl named Devan Horn.

 

On Tuesday evening (June 11), Lara spoke about the race to a sell-out audience at the White Horse Bookshop.  She stressed: "The book is not necessarily about the race."  It is, she said, about time and silence and language and much else besides.

 

However, it is her progress along those 1,000 kilometres that makes the book a gripping read. The race - known as the Mongol Derby - is based on the pony postal service Genghis Khan introduced to serve his vast empire.

 

You can read our full story here.

 

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