FREE EVENT WITH LARA PRIOR-PALMER
Lara Prior-Palmer Rough Magic At the age of nineteen, Lara Prior-Palmer discovered a website devoted to "the world's longest,toughest horse race"--an annual competition of endurance and skill that involves dozens ofriders racing a series of twenty-five wild ponies across 1,000 kilometers of Mongolian grassland.On a whim, she decided to enter the race. Riders often spend years preparing to compete in theMongol Derby, a course that recreates the horse messenger system developed by GenghisKhan, and many fail to finish. Prior-Palmer had no formal training. She was driven by her ownrestlessness, stubbornness, and a lifelong love of horses. She raced for ten days throughextreme heat and terrifying storms, catching a few hours of sleep where she could at the homesof nomadic families.Told with terrific suspense and style, in a voice full of poetry and soul, Rough Magic capturesthe extraordinary story of one young woman who forged ahead, against all odds, to become thefirst female winner of this breathtaking race.
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