Pig rac­ing is not boar-ing

Pig races set to ex­cite

Central and North Burnett Times - - MUNDUBBERA SHOW - Bar­clay White

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.

PHOTO: NOLAN VERHEIJ-FULL

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