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May 10th, 2012
Thirteen Types of Animal Sports

Thursday Thirteen

Today I’m talking animals. If you’re a regular blog visitor you probably already know I have a soft spot for animals. Some people enjoy sports featuring animals.

Thirteen Sports Involving Animals

2011 Melbourne Cup, Australia

1. Polo – champagne, picnics and stomping in the divots during half time.

2. Bronco busting – cowboys!

3. Falconry – an old sport still practiced today in some countries.

4. Cockfighting – common during earlier centuries. Not my idea of sport!

5. Dogsled racing – I always think of Alaska in combination with dogsled racing.

6. Carriage driving – Prince Phillip is keen on this sport.

7. Pigeon racing – they have a way better sense of direction than me!

8. Dressage – very technical and graceful. Hours of training involved.

9. Camel racing – I’m thinking I wouldn’t want to be a jockey.

10. Show jumping – can be very tense to watch when the horse raps a rail. Will it fall?

11. Bull riding – my favorite rodeo event to watch. He-haw!

12. Bullfighting – I prefer the bullfights where the animals aren’t harmed.

13. Greyhound racing – not a sport I enjoy.

Have you participated in any of the above sports? Do you enjoy watching any of the above? Is there another animal related sport that you enjoy?

18 comments to “Thirteen Types of Animal Sports”

  1. Savannah Chase
      · May 10th, 2012 at 5:35 am · Link

    I’ve never had the chance to watch these sports live but would love to see some of them. Great T13.

    • Shelley Munro
        · May 11th, 2012 at 1:17 am · Link

      My father was keen on rodeo while my husband likes horse racing. I didn’t have any choice :)

  2. Alice Audrey
      · May 10th, 2012 at 7:13 am · Link

    Seems like most of it involves speed.

    • Shelley Munro
        · May 11th, 2012 at 1:17 am · Link

      That’s true! Speed is good in most of these.

  3. Mia Celeste/ BrendaND
      · May 10th, 2012 at 9:32 am · Link

    Oh, interesting list. I would like to see falconry. Happy TT!

    • Shelley Munro
        · May 11th, 2012 at 1:18 am · Link

      I’ve seen a demonstration while we were in England. It’s pretty amazing, and the birds are beautiful. Their talons look dangerous though!

  4. Mary Kirkland
      · May 10th, 2012 at 9:48 am · Link

    I’ve never watched any of these and the only thing I can think of would be like a dog agility course. Not really a sport but the dogs look like they are having fun most of the time.

    • Shelley Munro
        · May 11th, 2012 at 1:20 am · Link

      The dog obedience contests are brilliant to watch. The dogs seem to really enjoy participating, although a lot of training is required.

  5. Angela Brown
      · May 10th, 2012 at 10:26 am · Link

    I’ve not participated in any of these sports. About the closest I’ve come is watching the movie Secretariat. :-)

    • Shelley Munro
        · May 11th, 2012 at 1:20 am · Link

      LOL – the horse racing world is a competitive one, that’s for sure :)

  6. CountryDew
      · May 10th, 2012 at 4:16 pm · Link

    I think toad jumping should be on the list!

    • Shelley Munro
        · May 11th, 2012 at 1:21 am · Link

      LOL – sounds like an interesting sport to me.

  7. Amy Gallow
      · May 10th, 2012 at 4:46 pm · Link

    Sheep dog trials should have been an automatic inclusion for a Kiwi.
    When I was young and very foolish, I went to a country rodeo and opened my mouth too wide, with the result I found myself sitting on the back or a somewhat irritated bull. The gate opened and I lasted two jumps before we parted company and I dived under the nearest rail to the amusement of all assembled.
    I resisted all suggestions to repeat my hasty retreat, but won the wooden spoon for the shortest ride.

    • Shelley Munro
        · May 11th, 2012 at 1:23 am · Link

      LOL I thought of sheep trials after I posted. None of my family have been involved in sheep trials, which is probably why I didn’t think of it.

      I think you were very brave to get on the bull. My father and brother both rode briefly. My cousins were more successive and actually went to the US to compete.

      • Amy Gallow
          · May 11th, 2012 at 3:42 pm · Link

        I think foolish is still a better description.

  8. Maria Zannini
      · May 10th, 2012 at 5:52 pm · Link

    Many years ago, we raised Samoyed (white huskies). Even though we lived in Texas, a group had formed to train the dogs how to pull sledges.

    Well, actually, they didn’t need to be taught. They instinctively pulled. All we taught them were the commands for left and right. We could go quite fast on plain old paved asphalt.

    Our dogs went berserk whenever we pulled out their harnesses. They loved pulling more than any other treat.

    • Shelley Munro
        · May 11th, 2012 at 1:26 am · Link

      There’s a guy that lives somewhere around us who gets pulled around by his dogs. The dogs bark the entire time and seem to really enjoy pulling a cart.

      I imagine you would get pretty speedy on asphalt! Fun for everyone. :)

  9. Heather
      · May 11th, 2012 at 12:31 pm · Link

    Oops! I thought I had visited you yesterday, but apparently not. So sorry!

    I can’t say that I am into any of these sports, though watching the Kentucky Derby on TV first Saturday in May is tradition (not t6hat I ever have luck picking horses–good thing I never bet any real money on it, lol). My younger sister used to do horse shows in middle and high school and won a number of ribbons in barrel racing and dressage.