February 11, 2012

WATERSHIP DOWN AIN'T CHURCHILL DOWNS, EH?:

Rabbit, Run Is an Exhortation Oft Heard in England Now: Bunnies Bred and Trained in Sweden Win Big Contests, but Don't Count U.K. Out (JAVIER ESPINOZA and ANNA MOLIN, 2/10/12, WSJ)

She was the fastest rabbit in town, taking just 11 seconds to jump all the hurdles in the round. Cherie, a 2-year-old Swedish bunny, left the competition in the dust at the U.K.'s Rabbit Grand National, held in the dignified Yorkshire town of Harrogate in late January.

The lop-eared speed demon, who also won the competition last year, elicited gasps from the audience as she jumped hurdles close to 28 inches high. But she faced no competition from upstart locals. While the British bunnies were invited to "showcase" their skills, they didn't compete in the main event because the organizers felt the Swedes were in a league of their own. "It's like the English Premier League versus L.A. Galaxy," says Jason Madeley, one of the promoters of the event, finding a soccer analogy.

 
See the bunnies of Britain compete with champion Swedish jumping rabbits. Javier Espinoza reports from the Rabbit Grand National in Harrogate, England.

"It's really new in England and they can't jump as high as we can," says 24-year-old nursery-school teacher Magdalena Ã…hsblom, owner of the champion. "I don't think they can compete against us yet."
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