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Morocco stallion race pushes endurance limitsBattling gusts of sandy wind, riders from across the world struggled to control feisty stallions as they raced in the first Gallops of Morocco, a desert endurance challenge. Competitors spend four to seven hours a day in the saddle, covering up to 30 kilometers of rough terrain a day.Fifteen teams took part in the late February adventure, made up of 80 horse lovers, enthusiasts of everything from trail riding to polo.Riding unknown horses, Barb stallions specially brought in from across the country for the occasion, is part of the experience.Claire Biyache, a French rider with eight years' experience who took part in the Gallops event, praised the "beautiful" surroundings."The most important thing is to have fun and have friends," he said, adding: "Winning is not my main agenda in life".The 62-year-old millionaire owns a polo club with 54 horses and employs four Argentine riders to play with him.
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