Horse Podcast Ep 208: Virtual Challenges – Covid Derby 2021

Equestrian Adventuresses Travel and Horse Podcast Ep 208 - Covid Derby

Today’s topic is Virtual Challenges and Competitions, something which has mushroomed since the beginning of the Corona pandemic almost two years ago. Since a lot of real life events had to be postponed or cancelled, virtual challenges and competitions have become a way to stay connected with the sport and the community and a big motivator to get into the saddle and ride. I was part of a team of six dedicated women from India and Germany participating in the 2021 Covid Derby, a 1000-km challenge. We managed to complete the distance in 27 days and finished in 6th place. Today I am talking with some of my team mates about our riding, the challenges we faced and the experiences we had. And of course asking the big question: Would we do it all again?


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Your Guest today:

Kate O’Brian (India), Semra Yücel (India), Charlotte Kingsman Choudhary (India) and Swantje Schabehorn (Germany)

Six women from India and Germany made up the Team Marwari in this year’s Covid Derby. We managed to ride 1000 km in 27 days and finished in 6th place.

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  • What else you can do with your horse
  • How to get your horse used to pulling
  • Which equipment is necessary
  • How to start

Thank you for tuning in and happy trails!

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Krystal Kelly is a California girl on a Quest to see every country. She is a professional equestrian adventuress and has worked internationally with horses since 2010. Since then she has worked at professional competition and riding stables in Egypt, Italy, Romania, India and Bhutan! "I love travelling and I love horses and I am very blessed to be able to do both of my passions for a living!" She now has her own company, Krys Kolumbus Travel where she strives to empower women to travel and provides resources, tips and online courses to encourage women to travel SOLO to unique destinations. www.kryskolumbustravel.com www.krystal-kelly.com

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