London Goat Race (anyone can be a champ)


(Above: owed to the Champ)

 For the last few years London has hosted an event so charming it has captured the imagination of many Londoners. ‘What are you up to this weekend?’ ‘I’m going to watch the goats race’. 

Upon arrival we wondered through the adult fun fair and found ourselves at the racers enclosure. And there they were, two delightful pygmy goats.  

(Photo credit obviously to Tinyhooplet)

 First was a dark chocolate brown goat (racing for Cambridge). An otherwise occupied chap who was very much more interested in eating than entertaining. He seemed focused. Fair game.  His competitor however, was a little tawny fire cracker. This little guy worked the crowds with his red carpet ‘over the shoulder pose’ and within minutes seemed to have acquired a substantial fan base – racing for Oxford was Hamish.

Below: Hamish stopped to say hi on his pre-race rounds.


After winning said race the champ retired to his winners enclosure to eat his cabbage trophy.  Which, importantly, he was not willing to share with his cheery loser pal.

The Oxbridge goats run that race every day to get food. Subconsciously dedicated to training. With just one of these events a year the farm is able to raise enough money to feed all the animals for the entire year! Hamish is now effectively the farm’s Grub Santa.

I think a lot can be taken away from seeing Hamish.

1. Persue your goal

2. Sometimes the little things you do contribute to something much greater – so don’t be afraid to get involved

3. Never share your cabbage trophy. 



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