Laura Collett is a popular British eventer who has dabbled in several different areas of equine sport, most recently taking the ride on Kauto Star, a former steeplechase star, to retrain him as a dressage horse. She hasn’t stopped there, though, and according to Horse & Hound will soon be participating in a camel race in November.
The race, benefiting Paul’s Place, which aids disabled adults, will be held on November 21 over a distance of one furlong at Chepstow. Several other athletes and celebrities will be on hand for the race as well, so it promises to be a good time.
There will be heats of races where Laura will line up against other “jockeys” including At the Races presenter Matt Chapman and actor Sean Gleeson, before the final.
“I’ve only ridden a camel once before — on holiday in Egypt,” Laura told H&H. “So I’m not too sure about it. But hopefully the camels will know what they’re doing…”
Check out the video below for a sample of what camel racing looks like.
How about you, Eventing Nation? Would you give camel racing a try? I rode a camel once at a local theme park. I’m not sure I feel about it, truthfully.