Tamara saddles up for epic adventure to support friend

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An intrepid horse rider is to embark on a gruelling and dangerous equestrian challenge to raise money to help her disabled friend compete in para-dressage.

In August, Tamara Hudleston will be attempting the Mongol Derby – a 1,000k self-guided adventure race across Mongolia in 10 days.

Not for the faint-hearted, riders have to tackle the trek – the longest horse race on earth – on Mongolian horses.

Tamara is one of 35 participants worldwide to be selected for the challenge this time round.

But no matter how tough it proves to be, she insists it will be worth it, as she is doing it to help friend Gayle Bloomfield, from Seahouses.

Tamara, 33, and from Chester-le-Street, is raising money for the Pegasus Centre, in Tranwell – home of Morpeth RDA Group – which in turn will help Gayle, who has multiple sclerosis.

“The Mongol Derby is insanely tough. There is nothing else like it,” said Tamara, who is currently undergoing a gruelling exercise regime to prepare for the challenge.

She added: “Gayle has the talent, but needs to raise funds so I am raising money for Pegasus to help Gayle.”

Mother-of-two Gayle, 42, has taken the para-dressage world by storm since bursting on to the scene a few years ago.

She is touched by Tamara’s efforts, describing them as ‘totally amazing’.

To find out more about the challenge and to donate to the cause, visit www.mongolde rby2013.com