It’s Almost Time for Sheep Racing
This weekend sees Sark’s largest charity event with two days of sheep racing, music and all sorts of other entertainment. The fun begins on Friday evening with live music and dancing on the site by the Island Hall. Saturday is Newmarket Day and starts with a fancy dress parade which leaves the Avenue at 11.45. There are seven sheep races, the men’s waistcoat competition and another evening of live music. Sunday is Ascot Day with seven more races, the ladies’ hat parade and the crowning of Miss Sark Princess. This year there are two bride jockeys and on Sunday a very special rider will take part in the 3.40 steeplechase; a polar bear all the way from Ittoqqortoormiit in Greenland. He is owned by a young Inuit called Felix who heard about Sark’s sheep races from organiser Puffin Taylour and wanted his favourite toy to take part. Good luck to all the runners, riders and shepherds!
Pictures and Words by Sue Daly
Racing sheep, a Sark speciality
Puffin with Nuno-Maria the polar bear