Don’t miss the excitement of the Sheeplechase
The Grand National Sheeplechase is back at this year’s Wild Wild West Rural Day in Feilding on October 13
This hilarious Kiwi entertainment that grabs the attention of both young and old and is back by popular demand.
There’ll be cheers of enthusiasm and squeals of delight to spur on the seven, highly-trained sheep, who will be racing for the finish line and their well-earned bucket of feed.
Every sheep is mounted with its very own jockey wearing their individual racing colours.
The jockeys are stuffed toy horses, with antics of their own that add to the spectacle.
If you think you can spot a winner, you could take home your very own sheep racing novelty mug by purchasing a colour coordinated wristband that may, or may not match the colour of the first sheep to the winning post.
A full commentary and pre-race build up will have you in stitches as Greg introduces Lamborgini, Mintsaucy, Pharlamb and Roast Ram.
Greg and Mandy Clark of Walkworth, have been entertaining the crowds with their fun sheep racing team both here in New Zealand and in Britain for the last 10 years.
The Cheviot-cross-Texel sheep are specially bred for racing, as Greg says, ‘‘they’re not just sheep that we pluck out of a paddock.’’
‘‘As any farmer or lifestyle block owner will know, when it comes to Cheviots, they run like the wind, so they’re not always popular on the farm, but they’re perfect for racing.’’
After the race the sheep will be in the birdcage where you can get an up close look or a selfie.
Their shows are extremely popular and are a first-class promotion of rural New Zealand.
‘‘It’s a heck of a lot of fun and family entertainment.’’
There are plenty of other sheep-related events at Rural Day. Children will again be able to hunt for surprises in a fadge of wool.
The Grand National Sheeplechase is back by popular demand.