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Rachel Roman

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I've essentially spent my entire life riding, training, competing, and caring for horses, so my equestrian background is pretty diverse – with dressage as my main focus. I also like to think that I have better-than-average survivalist skills, thanks in part to my NOLS experience and in large to my undying love for the outdoors. That said, I have absolutely zero endurance riding experience, which is all about to change.

But why sign up for this crazy race? With no prize money and a hefty entry fee?

At its core, this race represents three of my greatest passions: horses, travel, and doing my small part to understand a culture different than my own and finding a way to give back. I spend the majority of my time behind a desk, saving up enough to explore the far corners of the world – and while some may opt for a trip to the tropics or an exciting new city, this is the kind of adventure that I really live for.

Thank you for taking the time to the read this an indulge in my crazy adventure, and if nothing else I hope this inspires you to find an adventure of your own. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I certainly don't take it lightly. With enough hard work, preparation, support, and determination, I know for certain that I can ride with the best of them and finish strong – and I can't wait for all of you to watch me do it!

"It is easy to conquer the world from the back of a horse"
- Genghis Khan

The Nature Conservancy

I want to use my crazy adventure aspirations for good – bringing awareness and financial backing to the important work that The Nature Conservancy is doing in Mongolia. My additional goal is to raise over $7,000 that will give back to the nomadic people and protect one of the few truly wild places left in the world. From their renowned land acquisition efforts to cutting-edge research that influences global policy, The Nature Conservancy is constantly adapting to take on our planet’s biggest, most important challenges. Their vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives. The Nature Conservancy began working in Mongolia in 2008 with the goal of protecting the vast, unspoiled landscape of the grasslands for nature and people. They are actively working with the Mongolian government to help protect and sustainably manage 120 million acres, or 30 percent of the country by 2030. Through organized efforts, the TNC team has been able to help local communities gain secure access to grazing lands, implement sustainable practices, and improve basic income margins via food and fiber production (i.e. yak and camel wool). Plus they are working with partners to ensure development happens in the right way and in the right places, demonstrating how a Development by Design approach can benefit people, nature and business. I've had the pleasure of of connecting with the TNC team based in Mongolia, and am very excited to learn more about the area and the challenges they encounter. I hope that my involvement in the race can positively impact their work, as their mission resonates deeply with my own life.