Don’t miss the ex­cite­ment of the Sheeplechase

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - Rural Day -

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.

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