Siberian horsemen saddle up for transcontinental trek

Two riders are on a year-long trek

They are riding from Russia's Siberia to Europe


The goal of the journey is to

promote the local Yakut horse breed

SOUNDBITE) (Russian) YAKUT HORSEMAN, MICHIL NEUSTROYEV, SAYING:"Yakutian horses are famous for permanent free grazing. They do not need stables. It gets down to -70 degrees (Celsius) sometimes in Oymyakon (where we live) during winter. And in summer it hits 30 degrees. So that's a range of 100 degrees. The horses are grazing freely all the time, they are almost wild."

They hope to reach the Russian capital by May 2022

(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) YAKUT HORSEMAN, DUGUIDAN VINOKUROV, SAYING: "The way (to Moscow) is approximately 9500 kilometres (5,900 miles) as we have calculated and our journey will take about a year."

Then they will ride on through Europe

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