The Mongol Derby — the world’s longest, toughest horserace —boasts its biggest line-up yet for 2014.

43 riders — 26 of them women — from 15 countries will be taking part, including former National Hunt jockey turned valet Chris Maude, England polo player Jamie Peel and Rob Skinner, military rider and 1 of H&H’s hunting’s most eligible bachelors (14 February 2013).

Others include an eventer, a South African stunt rider, vet, forest ranger, doctor, teacher and fashion designer.

This will be the 6th running of the 1,000km race, which takes place in August on Mongolian horses.

This article was first published in Horse & Hound magazine (20 February 2014)