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The Bunny Jumping Competition at the Rabbit Grand National

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Who knew that bunny show-jumping was a thing? This 2012 Vice report from the Rabbit Grand National in Harrogate in Yorkshire, England is full of ear-flopping, high-jumping excellence. From Wikipedia:

Rabbit jumping started in Sweden early in the 1970s, when the first rabbit club started to arrange rabbit jumping competitions. At that time, the rules were based on the rules from horse jumping, but were later reformed to be better suited for rabbits.

Today, rabbit jumping or kaninhoppning competitions can be found all over the globe, including Australia, Japan, Canada, the United States, and across Europe.

jumping contest for rabbits

Official rabbit hopping competitions consist of a straight course, a crooked course, high jump, and long jump. In a straight course all the obstacles are placed in a straight line and have to be jumped in succession. In a crooked course, the obstacles are placed in an interloping path in which the obstacles must be jumped in the correct order. Straight and crooked courses are divided into 5 levels.

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