The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step ~ Lao Tzu

Georgina Lloyd has recently turned 30 and originally from Australia with a background in eventing.

“I have been living in New Zealand for the past 9 years.  I came to New Zealand to work in the Thoroughbred industry, but the beauty of New Zealand has kept me here. I now work in a local legal office as a Legal Executive, completing my final year of my degree (Bachelor of Laws).  To keep my horsey addiction satisfied I still ride the pony and the odd thoroughbred in the morning at the Matamata Racecourse.

When a friend invited me to take part in the Gobi Desert Cup at first I was hesitant.  Although intrigued I found myself making excuses for why I shouldn’t go – am I fit enough, am I a good enough rider, how can I fit this into my already busy life.
However, the more I pondered it, the more I realised I should do it – it is a great opportunity to be a part of the first ever Gobi Desert Cup race, riding amazing horses over some stunning countryside with some really incredible and awe-inspiring people.

I realised that sometimes in life you can’t be as prepared as you would like to be, but that shouldn’t stop you from trying.  “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” ~ Lao Tzu.

I thought Catwalk would be a good charity to support as spinal injury is something that riders (among other people) risk every day and hopefully with medical research advances can be found to help with diagnosis and to assist recovery.  I also have a friend who suffers from Ankylosing spondylitis, and although manageable, it causes her distress.  I hope that in her lifetime an advancement in medical research may be able to assist with this condition.”

Georgina leaves New Zealand on 4th September and will be partaking in the debut of the Gobi Desert Cup starting on the 8th September which is an endurance race, riding 480kms on Mongolian Ponies over 6 days through Mongolia. She has chosen CatWalk as her personal charity to support and has set up a Givealittle page where donations can be made and updates on her experience will be posted.

Thank you Georgina – and we look forward to hearing all about your adventure!

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