South African Wiesman Nels wears many hats. Not only is he the owner of Moolmanshoek Private Game Reserve in Ficksburg, but he also loves “travelling on a horse.”
The 40-year-old recently participated in Mongol Derby, known as the world’s longest and toughest horse race.
The course started south-west of Arvaikheer in Mongolia and ended north of Jargalthaan in Mongolia. At 1000km, the race is believed to be the toughest test on the planet for equestrian endurance riders.
Nels finished in second place, less than 2 hours behind veteran jockey America Robert Long.
The 40-year-old told IOL Travel: “While the horses are changed every 40km at checkpoints strung out throughout the country, the riders must endure being in the saddle for up to 200km a day and face the challenges of riding over twenty-five different semi-wild horses with varying temperaments and bucking abilities.”