COMPASSIONATE STAKES

T-Rex Races in the Heart of the Nation

Making Cruelty Ancient History

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Making Cruelty Ancient History

what: an afternoon of cruelty free fun

What

The most fun you can have while saying 'Nup to the Cup'.  The Compassionate Stakes aims to show that having a good time shouldn't come at an animal's expense.  The Compassionate Stakes is a series of novelty races of people wearing giant inflatable T-Rex costumes. Drag queens awarding our feel-good "Fashion off the field" prizes, food, info and fun as we make cruelty ancient history.

Where

Glebe Park,

Cnr of Akuna & Bunda Streets,

Canberra

when

12-4 pm

Tuesday

November 1st

2022

Why

One horse dies on Australian race tracks every three days.  More and more people are deciding that entertainment that relies on others having a terrible time is no fun.

 

T-Rex Races

6 Races | 20 Competitors per race | 75m Distance (approx)

Hire an Inflatable T-Rex Costume or BYO T-Rex costume | Book via link below

The Rex's are back in the city! Canberra's first T-Rex novelty races return to Glebe Park on Tuesday 1st November 2022. 

 

The most fun way to say "Nup to the Cup", the Compassionate Stakes has the goal of providing a cruelty-free, fun alternative to watching or supporting horse racing.  The Compassionate Stakes demonstrates that you don't need to exploit animals to have a great time.

Races are open to the public - you can choose to hire a suit from us OR purchase and bring your own T-Rex suit (we recommend this shop, make sure you order in time to get it before the races!).

 

TICKETS ARE ESSENTIAL TO RACE Book your spot below.

EVENT IS FREE FOR SPECTATORS & SUPPORTERS

Event starts at 12pm.  Races will be held every 30 minutes starting from 12:30 pm, with the grand finale, THE COMPASSIONATE STAKES, battled out at 3 pm.

Information stalls from event hosts, Little Oak Sanctuary, and the Animal Defenders Office will provide information about animal protection matters. 

 

The Fashion Off The Field competition is also back with a fabulous, feel-good twist; three of Canberra's fiercest Drag Queens will be circulating the crowd, in the spirit of the Compassionate Stakes, bestowing prizes on those demonstrating fierce, fabulous or fun fashion!

All this fun is bound to create an appetite, so grab a veggie sausage sizzle from the Little Oak grill or some amazing vegan baked treats from the Tikvahs Bakery stall!
 

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Race 1 -

The Big Bang

12:30 pm

This is where it all starts! Guaranteed to leave no saur losers, grab some friends and sign up today!

  • Big Bang race distance is approximately 75 metres. 

  • Hire a T-Rex Suit or Purchase your own (Buy a dino suit online);

  • Prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd female and 1st, 2nd & 3rd male.

  • Winning participants go to the final at 3 pm

 

BOOK YOUR SPOT NOW

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Race 2 -

Dino Dash

1:00 pm

Horse racing has done its dash - now it's time for you to do yours! grab some colleagues and see who's the most superior dino-racer in your office! sign up today!

  • Dino Dash Race distance, approximately 75 metres. 

  • Hire a T-Rex Suit or Purchase your own (Buy a dino suit online);

  • Prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd female and 1st, 2nd & 3rd male.

  • Winning participants go to the final at 3 pm

BOOK YOUR SPOT NOW

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Race 3 - Reptilian Relay

1:30 pm

Rather race with your bestie? Sign up as a pair for the Reptilian Relay for twice the fun!

  • Reptilian Race distance, approximately 75 metres. 

  • Hire T-Rex Suits or Purchase your own (Buy  dino suits online);

  • Prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd teams

BOOK YOUR SPOT NOW

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Race 4 -

T-Rex Trials

2:00 pm

More known as a fast thinker than a fast mover? This race will demonstrate your superior brainpower as you navigate a series of trivia puzzles in your T-Rex suit.

  • Race distance approximately 75m,'

  • Hire a T-Rex Suit or Purchase your own (Buy a dino suit online);

  • Prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd female and 1st, 2nd & 3rd male.

  • Winning participants go to the final at 3 pm

BOOK YOUR SPOT NOW

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Race 5 -

TBC

2:30 pm

DETAILS TBC - WATCH THIS SPACE

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Race 6 - 3pm

The Compassionate Stakes

The race you've been waiting for! The GRAND FINALE! Watch the winners from races: The Big Bang, Dino-Dash, Reptilian Relay and T-Rex Trials battle it out for the ultimate victory - winner of the 2022 Compassionate Stakes! Who will take this year's cup and steal glory? (Entry to this race is via winning races 1 through 4).

Compassionate Stakes
01 Nov, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Glebe Park, Canberra,
Glebe Park, Canberra
 
 
At the Parade

Fashion off

the field

​​The Compassionate Stakes Fashion off-the-field competition is open to all!

 

Word has it that three stunning Canberran drag queen icons will grace Glebe Park with their presence, bestowing accolades for any look they feel is fierce, fabulous or just plain fun!

No stuffy categories, silly hats or need to put feathers on your head to demonstrate your fashion prowess (in fact, please leave the feathers on the chooks!).  Enter just by being there.  Come dressed as fabulous as you feel, have a great time in true Compassionate Stakes style, and as they say, you're a winner, baby.

INFO

Information will be available from both the event host, Little Oak Sanctuary and Animal Defenders Office about issues that impact animals and how to start taking action to create a more compassionate world.

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FOO D 

Excellent vegan baked goods (with gluten-free options) are available from the Tikvahs Bakery stall.

A vegan sausage sizzle will also be available for $2 per plant-based snag - all proceeds from the sausage sizzle go to support the work of Little Oak Sanctuary.

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