Pig racing is not boar-ing
Pig races set to excite
ONCE you’ve seen pig racing in action, the horses will seem dull in comparison, according to pig trainer Kevin Kiley.
Mr Kiley will be bringing his “Thoroughbred Racing Pigs” to this year’s Mundubbera Show and is looking forward to showing how fast his little pigs can run.
“I prefer the pigs, there is a bit more excitement,” Mr Kiley said.
“I think people are surprised at how smart they are.”
Punters get to name their pigs before the race and Mr Kiley said there would be a prize for the funniest name.
Mr Kiley has been taking his racing pigs to country shows across Australia over the past 15 years but next week will be his first time in Mundubbera.
He said the wild and wacky show quickly wins over critics who doubt pigs can run fast.
“It could take a long time to train a horse to ride with a sulky,” he said.
“But we get our pigs up and racing within a day.”
His secret to get the pigs in an energetic mood is to hide a small amount of milk at the end of the track.
“Milk to a pig is like ice cream to a child,” he said.
As well as the fun of the race the pigs have also been used to raise money for needy charities in the various towns they visits.
“I think we’ve raised more than half a million for the different charities by now,” he said.
“I like that we can help people out.”
Kevin Kiley with two of the pigs he breeds and races.