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Lara smashes records in 1,000km horse race
10:00am Saturday 17th August 2013 in News
A TEENAGE rider from Appleshaw has become the first Briton, the first woman and the youngest person to win the world’s longest horse race.
Lara Prior-Palmer’s family is expecting her home this weekend after her triumph in the 1,000km Mongol Derby, which has been run over the steppes of Asia annuallyfor the past five years.
Rival American Devan Horn, 20, was the first to cross the finish line but her horse later failed a veterinary inspection.
“I can’t really believe it,” said Lara, 19. “I came into the first station last because my horse was so slow and I had to walk him in. I thought that would be the end of my Mongol Derby.
“I knew that there were 30 people and nearly all of those 30 wanted to win and I really just wanted to finish.
“If you compare my first few days to my last few days, I was going so much slower and suddenly I just got the hang of it and how to ride the horses and what to do to catch up with the rest.”
Lara is the niece of local equestrian legend Lucinda Green, who won Badminton a record six times and an Olympic silver medal.
The arduous race took six days and eight hours.
Riders change their horses every 25 miles or so.
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