Adam Perlman

I spent ten days training with Solange Ellis for the 2014 Mongol Derby.  In that short time she ​taught me how to survive riding 28 semi wild horses in extreme endurance conditions by adapting a riding style that has one move their center of gravity backwards by default whenever the horse trips or stumbles, but also provides options for riding horses with vastly different gaits.  This later point helps one endure long and uncomfortable rides without sacrificing balance, when the tendency might otherwise be to lean forward from discomfort or exhaustion.  I fell off twice in Mongolia, and without Solange’s training that number would have been closer to twenty.  My riding partner, who was also trained by Solange, was one of two riders (out of 48) who didn’t fall off at all.

Adam Perlman