Bunny show jumping is a thing. And it takes place every year in Harrogate, Yorkshire in the UK at the Rabbit Grand National. In what must be the most adorable show jumping event ever, little bunnies race and leap around a course, sometimes taking on hurdles three feet high.
The athletic rabbits are bred especially to be expert jumpers much like horses are bred for racing. And a combination of breeding and training ensures these domesticated rabbits are at the top of their jumping game when it comes to the competition.
The sport began back in the 1970s in Sweden, taking its inspiration from horse show jumping. From there it spread to Europe—Germany, Norway and Finland all have rabbit hopping clubs—and there's even an American Hopping Association for Rabbits and Cavies, who put on events and performances.
In this video VICE head to the Rabbit Grand National in Yorkshire to soak up some of the cuteness and meet some of the competitors and their trainers, like the adorable two-and-a-half-year-old bunny Cherie and her trainer Magdelena.