UK’s first Rabbit Grand National held in Harrogate, North Yorkshire

UK’s first Rabbit Grand National held in North Yorkshire

Emma Lassey’s Jasper clears the second hurdle

Flora, from Sweden, completes a clear round at the UK's first Rabbit Grand National in Harrogate

Rosie Shawcross, seven and Lucy Tyson, six, from Harrogate Rainbow Unit, in the petting section of the small animal show

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THE Grand National came to North Yorkshire on Saturday – but there were no jockeys or horses in sight.

Instead, Harrogate played host to altogether smaller contestants, as crowds gathered for the UK’s first Rabbit Grand National.

There were thirteen prize bunnies, some flown in especially from Sweden, which took part in a timed race based on horse jumping and designed to be rabbit-friendly.

First away was Jasper, a Blue Dutch, aiming to beat a world record jump set 13 years ago by Danish cotton-tail Tosen, who hopped over an amazing one-metre hurdle.

Jasper cleared the first two jumps, but had four faults at the third. Owner Emma Lassey said: “I love him anyway. It’s all about him having fun.”

The event, ultimately won by a rabbit called Cheri, was a new feature of the Burgess Premier small animal show, which has been held since 1921.

Naomi Chatterley of Burgess said: “Rabbits are natural hoppers of course and because of their agility, they love it.”

She said the rabbits were trained, and such events should not be tried at home.

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11:13am Mon 31 Jan 11

Blimp says...

Brilliant, love it! More please.
Brilliant, love it! More please. Blimp
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11:15am Mon 31 Jan 11

Norris Cole says...

This story had more in depth reporting than the death of one of Yorks most famous and well loved sons. What is going on with this newspaper??
This story had more in depth reporting than the death of one of Yorks most famous and well loved sons. What is going on with this newspaper?? Norris Cole
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11:42am Mon 31 Jan 11

Garrowby Turnoff says...

If the rabbit racegoers didn't vomit in the street, **** all over nearby gardens, wear tight fitting suits from Matalan, start fights in nearby pubs and pickpocket everyone who walked by... then its not a proper race day.
If the rabbit racegoers didn't vomit in the street, **** all over nearby gardens, wear tight fitting suits from Matalan, start fights in nearby pubs and pickpocket everyone who walked by... then its not a proper race day. Garrowby Turnoff
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1:27pm Mon 31 Jan 11

And you will know us by the trail of bread says...

Rabbit rabbit rabbit
Rabbit rabbit rabbit rabbit yap yap yap yap yap
Rabbit rabbit rabbit Rabbit rabbit rabbit rabbit yap yap yap yap yap And you will know us by the trail of bread
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5:09pm Mon 31 Jan 11

pedalling paul says...

If there was a higher order of species on the planet, would they make we humans jump through hoops...? Or are we capable of doing that ourselves, in any case?
If there was a higher order of species on the planet, would they make we humans jump through hoops...? Or are we capable of doing that ourselves, in any case? pedalling paul
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