Corsa ad ostacoli per conigli

SPORT – Tutti i conigli, si sa, amano saltare, ma quelli che prendono parte all’hobby del Kaninhop lo fanno in modo competitivo, partecipando ormai da alcuni anni a diversi tornei in Europa e negli Stati Uniti. Lo sport ha avuto origine in Svezia nei primi anni ’80 e negli anni ha riscosso consensi un pò ovunque anche perchè i conigli sembrano proprio apprezzare il salto degli ostacoli. Il Kaninhop consiste nel far saltare ai conigli alcuni ostacoli di diversa altezza, in maniera simile alle corse agli ostacoli dei cavalli. La competizione di regola avviene con i conigli tenuti al guinzaglio per sicurezza, anche se gli allenamenti si svolgono perlopiù senza.
Lo Spiegel Online che ne dà notizia ha intervistato Claudia Fehlen, proprietaria del Kaninhop Club di Jena, in Germania. Il club al momento conta tredici soci, che portano i loro conigli in giro per il Paese mostrando a tutti gli appassionati le loro prodezze. “Il prossimo ottobre ci sarà un’importante Gara Europea in Svizzera“, dice Claudia, che spera di portarci la sua “star”, Snoopy (sopra) arrivato al secondo e al terzo posto in diversi tornei saltando facilmente 60 centimetri, “Il record mondiale, spiega Claudia, è di 99,5 cm“.

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Bunnies, as is well known, like to hop. Those taking part in the sport known as Kaninhop do it competitively in tournaments which have been taking place for years now in Europe and the United States. Organized meets were first held in Sweden in the early 1980s and have since spread spread widely, especially because the rabbits involved appear to greatly enjoy going over the hurdles. A Kaninhop competition involves taking the animals over obstacles of varying heights, much like an obstacle race for horses. The rabbits generally compete on leashes for security reason, though they may be trained off leash.
The online edition of Der Spiegel carries an interesting interview with Claudia Fehlen, who runs the Kaninhop Club at Jena, Germany. Claudia’s club presently has thirteen members who travel regularly around the country to show off the abilities of their animals. “This coming October there’s going to be an important meet in Switzerland“, she says, explaining that she hopes to participate with her own “star”, Snoopy (above), who has already collected a number of 2nd and 3rd place wins, easily jumping more than 60 centimeters. “The world record though“, she says, “is 99.5cm“.

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