First Filipina in the World’s Longest Horse Race: The Mongol Derby

Update posted by Solana Perez On Oct 13, 2019

Hey everyone!

The next installment for my entry fee into the Mongol Derby is coming up soon... and I'm short about Php 23,000.

For those who are wondering, the Mongol Derby has a fairly hefty entrance fee. Think of it as an expedition to Mt. Everest. It is like the Everest of horseback riding after all. The entrance fee covers a lot of things that the organizers of the race need to make sure that the race runs smoothly, such as, veterinary care for the horses, compensation for the herder families who are entrusting their horses to the Mongol Derby, the support vehicles needed, as well as the medics who will be there for the riders in the event of medical emergencies during the race.

So, to raise some funds to cover my deficiency, I'd like to invite you all to join my little raffle: I'm raffling off an artwork of mine (Time Flies) which also functions as a wall clock.

To join the raffle:

1. Make a donation! Pretty please. No specific amount, as long as it meets the minimum indicated on this campaign.

2. Drop me an email at: [email protected] with the following subject: Raffle entry: [Your full name]

3. For those who want to join the raffle offline, you can let me know by sending an email to the address above, and I'll get in touch to let you know how you can join.

4. The winner will be announced on October 23, 2019, at 12 pm (Philippine standard time). I'll get in touch to arrange shipping for the artwork!

Thank you, and good luck to all of us! I'll be accepting entries until 10 am on October 23rd!

Time Flies

Title: Time Flies

Size: 8" x 11"

Medium: Mixed media (acrylic on canvas, watercolor on paper assemblage, battery-run clock movement)

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Update posted by Solana Perez On Oct 04, 2019

My pants and shoes are muddy, and I'm covered in wonderful horse smell from head to toe. Nothing in the world makes me happier.

I want to express my thanks to the first donors to my cause. Because of you, I've secured my training sessions on horseback for the next month: I'll be riding 6 hours a day starting on October 7. On October 8, that's when even more horsey stuff comes in. I'll be getting up at 6 am every day to get Phantom ready; grooming him, feeding him, and tacking up, and riding him up into the trail at around 8.30 am. Followed by more riding with horses Redskin and Nemo. After my 6 hours of riding, I get to take Phantom back to where his stable is located and take care of bathing and feeding him again. Over the weekends, or when there are customers for the pony boys/ladies, I'm expected to help out as a walking guide for their customers. Gina and the other horse owners have come up with this routine for me themselves because it gives us all a nice win-win situation: I get to train for long hours in the saddle at a discounted price, they get an extra hand in helping them care for their horses. And again, it's training for the nitty gritty parts of the Mongol Derby. Once I'm out on the steppe I'll be expected to care for the horses that I'm riding on my own, and get them to the next urtuu (horse station, situated every 35 km) in good condition, where I'll be switching to a fresh steed to take me the next 35 km.

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Get it, girl!!!! Hint down those damn dreams and live them!

Lisa Williams

Backed with ₱1000.00 On Jan 06, 2021


Best luck my friend!!!!!!

Alex Melensio

Posted On Jan 26, 2020


I’m so inspired by this. It’s the sort of adventure I would have embarked upon at your age if I had been a horsewoman! Instead, I travelled the world by myself, crossed Russia and Siberia at the height of the Cold War, headed for Vietnam as a war reporter and ended up in the Philippines where I was fortunate enough to meet Solana’s Lola and become friends for life.

Caroline Kennedy

Backed with ₱1500.00 On Jan 26, 2020


Lila Malaya

Backed with ₱1000.00 On Jan 05, 2020


~we don't say 'good luck', we say 'dont give up.'~ -"The Fire" (The Roots)

Mayo Buenafe-Ze

Backed with ₱5000.00 On Nov 29, 2019


Very inspiring and whatever happens you are a star (from a cousin you met once or twice)

a nonny mouse from Wales

Backed with ₱3500.00 On Nov 20, 2019


Paolo, Kitkat and Diego

Backed with ₱5000.00 On Oct 19, 2019


Way to go Solana! We are incredibly happy to see you conquering your life goals/adventures. Big hugs to you and your horses.

Nap & Rimps Villanueva

Backed with ₱4000.00 On Oct 18, 2019


Emma Laperal

Backed with ₱5000.00 On Oct 18, 2019


Hey Solana! Padma told me about your great adventure! Supercool and I am happy to support it. We are also going to release crocodiles on 28 January in Isabela, want to join? We have a large group of students and they might be interested to sponsor you too if you give a presentation about your upcoming race (no high expectations, casi students..)


Backed with ₱3000.00 On Oct 18, 2019

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