Sheep racing at Cannon Hall Farm, Barnsley
SHEEP racing? Ewe don’t see that every day.
Staff at Cannon Hall farm, in Cawthorne, have come up with the baa-rmy idea.
And yesterday saw the first race at the farm – with 6-4 favourite Red Ram hoofing it around the track to take first place.
Farm director Richard Nicholson told the Examiner it was a close photo finish between Red Ram and Sher-baa.
But Windy Wendy was the clear winner of the second race yesterday around the 250 metre course.
Mr Nicholson said the sheep make great racers because they are motivated by greed.
He said: “They are quite motivated to run when there’s food involved.
“They get a food treat at the end of it and we’ve trained 25 of them up to run around the circular course with four in each race.
“We’ll still have some food at the ready as they go around the course just in case they get all confused by the big crowds.”
The course, constructed in a former paddock, has eight hurdles including Becher’s Brook and the Canal Turn.
The sheep are all named and wear different colours.