Racing sheep jump over hurdles

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A racing sheep jumps over hurdles on Sept. 28 at the Masham Sheep Fair in Harrogate, Yorkshire.

The fair, which is celebrating its 25th year, covers a range of activities including sheep racing, sheepdog demonstrations and fleece stalls. Masham has a robust tradition around the sheep trade — as many as 70,000 sheep are sold each year.
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Boy with his winning sheep at Masham Sheep Fair

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David Holt, 13, of Pickering, England, poses with his second-place Oxford Down lamb.

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Woman carrying sheep fleeces

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A woman carries bundles of fleece at the fair.

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Woman and dog keep watch over sheep in pens

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A sheepdog keeps a vigilant watch as Betty Palmer paints the horns of one of her sheep at the fair.

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Catie Leary ( @catieleary ) writes about science, travel, animals and the arts.

It's all about sheep at this fair
The Masham Sheep Fair Harrogate, Yorkshire, boasts a range of activities including sheep racing, sheepdog demonstrations and fleece stalls.