1. Riders must wear a riding helmet of a recognised standard at all times when mounted.
2. Riders must have some supply of water attached to their person. A Camelbak, or waist mounted water bottle, would be ideal. This is in case you fall off and are separated from your horse, and help is some hours away. Dehydration is a real risk anyway, so this is just good sense as well as a safety measure. You can have a platypus on your saddle too if you choose, but you must be self-sufficient in fluids without your horse.
3. Riders must wear a satellite tracker attached to their person. As above re water, it needs to be worn by the rider, not the horse, in case of untimely separation. Riders will receive full training on how to operate the tracker correctly and will not be allowed to start unless we are satisfied that they have mastered theirs.
4. Riders must carry their record cards throughout the race and hand them in to the event director at the finish line. They are not souvenirs for the riders, they are a very important document for the development of the event. The cards record which horses have been selected, how fast they went and their health coming back in from their leg, all valuable stuff. If a rider loses their record card, they will not be officially placed. It is the responsibility of the rider to check they have been handed back the right card, and that the vet has initialed the relevant sections.
All other items carried by the riders are optional. Wear what is comfortable for you. Carry a GPS or navigate Mongol style by stopping and asking. Squint or bring sunglaasses. To help, read the section titled What to pack, and ask our Pre Race Trainer Maggie if you are torn between brands of padded knickers.