Chloe Phillips-Harris is a freelance adventure journalist. While her day job is riding, training, and competing with horses, adventure lurks around every corner. In the winter, she goes off the beaten path to adventure and shares her experience with journalism.
As a teenager, Chloe would get naughty ponies she had to train. The next step for her was training wild horses. Bonding with wild horses is a magical experience she goes back to again and again. You can hear the passion in Chloe’s voice for her horses.
Chloe has worked all over the world in places like Egypt, Fiji, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia to use her skills in new ways. Her interest in the world and animals propelled her to take amazing opportunities taking care of wild animals. Chloe raced unsupported in the Mongol Derby, what’s called the toughest horse race in the world. While dealing with sickness and wild animals, Chloe was spurred on by anger and kept going.
Growing up in the Bay of Islands on a farm with her strong mother
Developing a passion for horses at an early age
Working with wild horses at 21 years of age
How Chloe gets wild horses and spends 16 hours a day with them
Bonding with wild horses and how it relates to other relationships
The wild horses Chloe’s learned to love and taught to love other people
Dealing with horses she hasn’t been able to connect with
Learning that we’re all similar from working with horses
A typical day in Chloe’s life
Enrolling in a double science major at Uni
Working hard at age 18 and winning the New Zealand Young Rider series
Getting burnt out at 23 and going to Egypt
Travelling around the world to use her skills in new ways
Caring for horses and doing aid work in Fiji, India, and Egypt
Seeing the worst parts of humanity at times and feeling burnt out
Writing about what she saw for horse and adventure magazines
Participating in the world’s toughest horse race, the Mongol Derby
Training for the Mongol Derby by running and riding in shorts
The difference between Mongolian horses and New Zealand
Getting sick during the Mongol Derby and dealing with incredible challenges
Being chased by wild dogs and having her horse bolt into a swamp
The most amazing experiences of the Mongol Derby doing exactly what she wanted to be doing
“It’s really important to do something in your life that you’re proud of.”
Being a part of the crew for the Mongol Derby this year
Getting to a crossroads and deciding what to pursue
Wanting to work with camels
Having an incredible experience watching a woman ride a reindeer
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