All The Wild Horses

All The Wild Horses

Spill Think Tank, Ipswich

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Presented by BHS Suffolk, All The Wild Horses is an award-winning documentary feature film, which follows international endurance riders competing in the longest and toughest horse race in the world, the Mongol Derby. In this race across 700 miles of Mongolian steppe, riders are on their own, navigating from horse station to horse station, where they change horses every 30 miles.

Riders have to deal with dehydration, hypothermia, exhaustion, extreme weather, attacking dogs and roaming wolves. They spend the nights out in the wild or share tents with local nomad families. To choose the wrong horse at a horse station could get them bucked off, causing them to lose their mount in the process, or suffer more serious injuries.

Filmmaker Ivo Marloh completed the race twice to embed himself in the individual stories and document exactly what compels riders to risk broken bones, life-threatening injuries, their life savings, and often a good dose of mental sanity to experience one of the last true wildernesses on earth, on the back of wild horses.

In 2017 the film won several Best International Feature Documentary awards, was awarded Best Film at the Spotlight Documentary Awards, and the Best Director award at the Equus Film Festival.

BHS coach Philippa Kemp-Welch will introduce the film, drawing on her own equestrian adventure, riding 140 miles across Mongolia in 2018, through the steppes to the Gobi Desert, and fundraising over £4000 for the British Horse Society. She will share some of her experiences of riding the Mongolian horses – the breed largely unchanged since the time of Genghis Khan – and give us some insight into the culture and lifestyle of the Mongolian herders and the unique environment they live in.

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