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Charity Pig Racing Evening

With nine Yorkshire racecourses and 180 days of Yorkshire racing per year, you might be forgiven for wondering if the county really needs another racecourse. But this is a course with a difference. On the 8th March Hope Pastures Horse and Donkey Sanctuary is running a Charity Pig Racing Evening at Weetwood Hall Hotel in north Leeds. With unbelievably cute, fluffy, toy pigs, this promises to be an evening of good old-fashioned fun for all. “There have been lots of race evenings,” commented Sue Huggins, one of Hope Pastures’ trustees, “but pig racing is different – it’s very exciting and lots of fun. The pigs are very unpredictable, as they have a tendency to stop and wag their tails part way through a race, making each race absolutely hysterical.” “We’re delighted with how popular this is proving to be locally” she added, “we already have some excellent local businesses sponsoring their own prestigious flat race and, with the incentive of a bottle of bubbly for the ‘owners’ whose pigs win a race, pig ownership in north Leeds is definitely growing!” As well as being able to buy and name their own ‘racing’ pig, guests can be a ‘trainer’ and have their own stable of 8 pigs (one in every race), with a prize for the Champion Trainer with the most wins over the evening. Tickets for the evening are £8.50 per person and include entry to the ‘course’, supper and the chance to pit your expertise against the bookies by predicting which ‘in-form’ pig will win. Pigs are £3 each. For more information, to book tickets or buy pigs see, email: or call 0113 261 4344. Hope Pastures rescuses, rehabilitates and re-homes horses, ponies and donkeys and educates people in animal welfare. The sanctuary is open to the public every day free of charge and organises fun, educational group sessions for schools, brownies, elderly groups and special needs groups. We also undertake therapeutic visits with ponies to care homes and drug/alcogol abuse centres.

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