Show-jumping sheep refuses to demonstrate his gifts on This Morning

Ewe wish! Show-jumping sheep who escaped the slaughter house by leaping out of a van leaves This Morning viewers in hysterics by refusing to demonstrate his gifts on air

  • Deni, Worcestershire, took in sheep Friendy after he escaped slaughter house
  • Soon discovered the animal had impressive dressage and show-jumping skills  
  • Viewers were left in stitches as sheep refused to co-operate on the show today

A show-jumping sheep left This Morning viewers in hysterics after refusing to demonstrate his talents live on the show today. 

Deni, from Worcestershire, took sheep Friendy back to her animal therapy centre last year after he escaped his original fate by leaping out of a van headed for the slaughter house.  

While Demi provided footage to prove that Friendy is in fact an accomplished dressage sheep, the animal left hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford in stitches as he refused to participate for the cameras. 

His trainer Katy tried her best to get the sheep to behave, however he quickly decided to walk out of shot, and refused to co-operate even when he was led to the barrier. 

Show-jumping sheep Friendy left This Morning viewers in hysterics after refusing to demonstrate his talents live on the show today

The animal, pictured with trainer Katy, refused to co-operate even when he was led to the barrier and quickly wandered out of shot 

Viewers quickly took to Twitter to comment on the performance, with one writing: ‘The sheep is how most of us all feel (‘it’s Monday, can I be f’ed?’)’ 

Another added: ‘Oh this is great telly for a Monday. A show-jumping sheep that DOESN’T jump…’

A third added: ‘Showjumping sheep without showjumping!!! So it’s just a sheep!!!’  

The sheep had originally belonged to friends of Deni’s, but escaped being slaughtered by leaping onto the back of a Land Rover during his ‘one way trip on the lorry’.  

Deni, from Worcestershire, (pictured) took sheep Friendy back to her animal therapy centre last year after he escaped his original fate by leaping out of a van headed for the slaughter house

Viewers quickly took to Twitter to comment on the performance, with one writing: ‘The sheep is how most of us all feel (‘it’s Monday, can I be f’ed?’)’

She explained: ‘I have a riding school in Worcestershire, some very good friends of mine up on the Scottish boarders, they bred Friendy for what he was intended for. 

‘It was time for him to go off onto the one way trip on the lorry and Friendy had other ideas, he jumped out and back into the Land Rover.’ 

One of the family’s daughters was desperate to find Friendy a new home, and knowing Deni is a ‘soft touch with animals’, asked her to take in the sheep during a visit to the farm. 

She said: ‘They knew I was due up in a week or so and knew I was a bit of a soft touch with animals so put him to one side for me.’ 

The sheep had originally belonged to friends of Deni’s, but escaped being slaughtered by leaping onto the back of a Land Rover during his ‘one way trip on the lorry’

Demi provided footage to prove that Friendy is in fact an accomplished dressage sheep, depite his refusal t co-operate on the show 

‘One of the daughters had written to Santa saying they wanted a new home for Friendy. 

‘So when I went up there and after a few gin and tonics it was agreed he would come home to the riding school. We have a therapeutic centre as well and he’s come back with me.’ 

Speaking of the centre she added: ‘We try and get the children involved with lots of different animals, we also have chickens as well, therapy chickens. He’ll get involved with the kids, they enjoy playing with him.’ 

When asked by host Eammon whether sheep known for being smart, she teased: ‘He’s quite clever, he gets to live in a stable while the rest of his field mates didn’t quite make it! So he’s quite clever!’  

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