World's toughest horse race looking for riders!

Race the Wild Coast (Supplied)
Race the Wild Coast (Supplied)

Cape Town - Now in its third edition, Race the Wild Coast (RTWC) has rapidly become known as the toughest horse race on the planet.

The event takes place from October 19-27, 2019 and only 20 riders compete in this prestigious limited-access event. RTWC is now open for global entries.

This new breed of long-distance adventure horse racing is set amid the breathtaking scenery of the South African East Coast. Over the course of five days a host of experienced international riders, each riding three horses in the course of the race, will compete for victory over 350km of rugged paradise from Port Edward to Kei Mouth. RTWC blends the spirit of the frontiersman and the modern horseback adventurer - a test of endurance, horsemanship, survival and navigational skills.

Says race organiser and 2017 Mongol Derby winner, Barry Armitage: “RTWC is a complex multi-stage race, in which riders must brave this challenging wilderness and swim rivers while keeping horses fit for vet checks. It is no doubt the ultimate test of endurance and horsemanship for any long-distance rider!”

This is indeed the case, as supported by the comments of RTWC veteran Stevie Murray (USA) made at the RTWC 2016 finish line: “When you’ve done the Mongol Derby you get to thinking that nothing will ever compare again; I was wrong. RTWC is far more technically and physically challenging, and the hectic but breathtaking terrain has no comparison. I have never experienced such remote and enchanting beauty in all my life.”

The event, produced by Rockethorse Racing, is sponsored by international sports apparel brand KTC Limited. The race is open to a global field and thus far, has caught the attention of competitors from the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Guatemala, South Africa and Australia. Last year’s event was won by British rider, Rosie Riall.

According to Armitage, the challenge should not be undertaken lightly. “Being physically fit is essential. There are some brutal hills on this ride and some of the river crossings are daunting, so being confident in water is a must,” he says. With around six major rivers that require deep-water swims, and the expectation of rain, conditions will test riders’ skills each step of the way.

If you think you have what it takes to participate in this unparalleled adventure sport, contact Barry Armitage directly on +27 (0) 83 393 5007 or via email:

For more information: | Facebook – @rockethorseracing | Twitter –@rockethorseZA | Instagram –  @rockethorseracing




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