“the Mt. Everest of horseback riding”

Jessie Dowling to share her adventures in participating in the Mongol Derby

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    LINCOLNVILLE — Jessie Dowling, who placed 13th in the 2023 Mongol Derby, will share details about her adventure riding 1000 kilometers in this multi-horse race across the steppes of Mongolia.

    Dowling, owner of Fuzzy Udder Creamery and adventurer, will share pictures of her race and talk about the Mongolia she came to know during her experience. She will also explain her personal reasons for taking on this mammoth challenge.

    Her talk takes place Wednesday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m., at Lincolnville Community Library, 208 Main Street, Lincolnville, and via Zoom.

    Most people know Dowling as a cheesemaker, sheep and goat farmer and keeper of very large dogs. But her first true love was and always will be horses, according to the library, in a news release. In August 2023, Dowling competed in the Mongol Derby. It’s the longest horse race in the world.

    “It’s kind of like the Mt Everest of horseback riding,” said the release. “It’s a 1,000 kilometer multi-horse race across the steppes of Mongolia. It loosely recreates Ghengis Khan’s 13th century postal route.

    For 10 days in August, Dowling rode 29 different Mongolian horses about 25 miles each and stayed with herding families who also milk animals and do amazing things with dairy. She was only permitted to carry 11 pounds of gear and used a handheld GPS to navigate to the next horse station out on the Mongolian steppe self-navigating around bogs, over mountains, crossing rivers, arid dunes, forests and wide-open steppe.

    Mongol Derby talk will be held in person and via Zoom 

    Event Date: 

    Wed, 03/20/2024 - 6:30pm

    Event Location: 

    Lincolnville Community Library and Zoom


    208 Main Street
    Lincolnville, ME 04849
    United States