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The Rockethorse Challenge was born when legendary ultra distance trail runner Steve Black asked race director Barry Armitage if he could “race the horses” during Race the Wild Coast 2018. Maveric long distance surf skier Clyde Barendse also joined the challenge, and while Clyde dramatically exited the race after the Wild Coast claimed his boat late on day 2, Steve went on to finish on the morning of the fifth day. His finish line comment was “I could have done it in 4!” With the winning rider typically crossing the line on the afternoon of the 4th day the race is on between man and beast: choose your weapon!

A new breed of long distance horse racing, blending the spirit of the frontiersman and the modern horseback adventurer: testing horsemanship, endurance, survival and navigational skills across an iconic wilderness. 

What: 350 kilometre multi stage horse race

Where: The Wild Coast, South Africa, from Port Edward to Kei Mouth

When: 19-27 October 2019

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A new breed of long distance horse racing, blending the spirit of the frontiersman and the modern horseback adventurer: testing horsemanship, endurance, survival and navigational skills across an iconic wilderness. 

What: 350 kilometre multi stage horse race

Where: The Wild Coast, South Africa, from Port Edward to Kei Mouth

When: 19-27 October 2019

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