Next month Lorie Duff, a horsewoman from this province, will represent Canada in the Gobi Desert Cup, a 480-kilometre endurance race across the Gobi Desert in Mongolia.
Each racer begins by choosing a team of six horses, at which point the race begins. Duff says each day will consist of an 80-kilometre ride, with a veterinarian checkpoint after 40 kilometres. She says ensuring the wellbeing of the animals is at the forefront of the event.
Duff will ride a different Mongolian horse each day, while competing with other riders from all over the world.
She’s doing it for several reasons, one of which is to raise money for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. The other reason is that four years ago she woke up paralyzed on the right side of her body. She has since recovered after numerous surgeries. Now living in Ottawa, Duff grew up in the St. John’s area.
She dedicated her participation in the race to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, saying she wants to help people understand that you can endure difficult times, and rise above them.
She says handling hardships in life is much like how she talks about her horsemanship—sometimes it just takes time to find your rhythm and a balance.
While other countries have multiple team members, Duff is representing Canada on her own. There will be times when it will be just her and six horses in the desert.
More information on the Gobi Desert Cut available at https://www.gobidesertcup.com/
Listen to Lorie Duff on interview on the VOCM Morning Show below: