Jamie Baldanza, a wild mustang advocate, equine photographer, and filmmaker will be traveling to Mongolia to film a short film or documentary of The Gobi Desert Cup 27 August - 6 September 2019.
Jamie is no stranger to filming in the wild. Spending most of her time shining a light on animal causes through art and stories (specifically wild horses), Jamie is honored to take on a project so deeply rooted in culture, land, and horses. While the Mongolian nomadic lifestyle is slowly disappearing Jamie wants to show that there are a group of people out there who want to help preserve this part of the world through the Gobi Desert Cup. Through a 480-kilometer endurance race across the Gobi Desert this short film/documentary will bring you on heartfelt Mongolian journey from start to finish on horseback.
The Gobi Desert Cup is a multistage endurance race on Mongolian horses, unlike any other endurance event. Combining the safety protocols and regulations of three international endurance organizations with semi-wild Mongolian horses and horsemanship, the event occurs over multiple terrains from dunes to rolling, verdant hills. Each of the approximately 20 international riders will ride six horses in six days, testing their horsemanship, their endurance and their sense of adventure. Each horse is chosen specifically for their physical strength and quiet temper and trained specially for the race by our team of Mongolian herdsmen and veterinarians.
Mongolia horsemanship and nomadic tradition have remained virtually unchanged since the time of Genghis Khan in the 13th century. The Gobi Desert Cup was founded to directly benefit the local nomadic people and their horses while drawing global attention to their slowly dwindling lifestyle through the race benefitting the Mongolian Horse and Nomads Foundation
About Jamie Baldanza
Jamie Baldanza is a professional equine photographer and filmmaker dedicated to preserving America’s wild horses. Jamie’s production company “This Mustang Life” concentrates on bringing animal causes to the public through film. Jamie's latest short film, "Pass The Safe Act" was created in collaboration with Skydog Sanctuary to inspire action to permanently ban horse slaughter in the U.S. and end the export of American horses for slaughter abroad.
To learn more about Jamie’s work or to collaborate on an animal cause project visit http://www.thismustanglife.com or follow her on Instagram at @thismustanglife.
About The Gobi Desert Cup
Founded in 2016 by FEI 3* Endurance Rider, Camille Champagne, the Gobi Desert Cup is a multi-stage endurance race through the Gobi Desert, riding semi-wild Mongolian horses every day for six days over 480 kilometers. This challenge is the only one of its kind to combine endurance while positively supporting Mongolian nomadic culture and their horses before, during, and after the event. Learn more at http://www.gobidesertcup.com
Heather Wallace, Media Coordinator
The Gobi Desert Cup
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