Monkey jockeys riding dogs

Banana Derby is a "family show" in Greenville, South Carolina that stages races with monkey jockeys riding on dogs. For a fee, you can have them come to your next party or public event. Seen here is Bobo The Jockey Monkey riding on George the dog. George seems happy but I wonder about Bobo. Banana Derby (Thanks, Tara McGinley!)


  1. Things like this make me hate my species.

    When it was written (Genesis 1:26) “and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth,” dominion did not mean ‘rule’ or ‘ride hard and put away wet’ or ‘take every fucking thing we can for our own use’.

    I like to imagine it meant something closer to taking care, or protecting, or keeping in close contact with. Anything but stunts like this.

  2. I may remind you, Jane, that the bible also says “And the lord didst speak unto the people, “Go and take the monkeys, that they might ride dogs in miniature cowboy costumes, and be taught to smoke”

    And the people did speak back unto the lord, “AWESOME!”

    And the lord did smile upon the people, and created the greater apes for the purposes of dressing up like secret agents/hippie band members”

    Book of Genesis, Post-Gabriel years.

  3. Indeed, George looks quite happy, but Bobo a bit concerned. I have no concerns about simian and canidae conspiring to get through such things as they’re both very smart. I just hope Bobo is happy and ok, since simians can be difficult in close proximity to humans.

  4. If monkey’s could choose what they did with their vast amounts of free time, I reckon this wouldn’t be too far off the mark.

    Perhaps without the silks. “Nude monkeys riding dogs”…

    Ok. Maybe not.

  5. #7 posted by FourFiveFire:

    So. Got a thing for cowboy monkeys, do you? Fancy a bit of the old primate rodeo, ‘ey? Know what I mean? Some buckaroo bonobo, maybe? Say no more!

  6. my great-grandfather did this for years on the rodeo circuit. the dogs and monkeys lived like kings and queens in air-conditioned trailers on the road, and even had beautifully detailed handmade western wear made by a dear lady in Pasadena, and saddles and bridles by an old leather worker.

    need to dig out the old photos…


  7. I love it!

    As long as the dogs and monkeys are treated well, I don’t see how this is a bad thing. They are playful species and I expect they could both have quite a bit of fun at it.

  8. Hurray Monkey Dog! The first time I ever heard of dog racing I assumed they would have monkey jockeys, it’s only natural. Hurray! More Monkey Dog pics!

  9. Nice. The things we do for entertainment… It was interesting enough for me to comment, so don’t think I’m complaining!

  10. Dogs, unless beaten away from it, seem born happy. Happy as long as they have attention from a primate, often a human.

    Monkeys, or primates in general, are born with the tendency to be a bit pensive. Stressed.

    The monkey in the picture (or primate, I don’t know my monkeys from my apes a lot of times), seems pensive. His photo is being taken. Let him get back to the high speeds. Monkey is happy when monkey wins the race and gets the monkey babe.

  11. I dunno about this. Without doing any research to verify it, I’d guess monkeys of this size and dogs are of about equivalent intelligence.

    But we’ve bred dogs to put up with our crazy shit.

  12. “George seems happy but I wonder about Bobo.”

    Yes, Bobo seems so happy that they have to chain his feet to George’s harness. I guess otherwise, Bobo would spend all his time jumping for joy…

  13. Whiplash rules! Because nothing sells tacos like a monkey riding a dog!

    Hey, it makes as much sense as promoting beer as an aphrodisiac.

    (Whiplash link is in post #3.)

  14. This story should have focused less on the fact that there are monkeys who ride dogs.
    Or dogs who are ridden by monkeys.
    What we really need is the list of names of the people who make the clothing and saddles. And the event attendees.
    They all need to be closely watched. And never allowed to travel outside of SC.

  15. Sigh… I’d love to get excited about this, but I can’t get over the chained up little monkey feet. Sad. Other animals are not ours to use, imho.

  16. When monkeys ride dogs, all is put right with the world.
    When monkeys ride dogs, nations put aside their differences.
    When monkeys ride dogs, the sick are healed and the price of gas drops.
    When monkeys ride dogs, everyone decides to conserve energy and ride their bikes more.
    When monkeys ride dogs, Starbucks gives out free coffee to all the little children.
    When monkeys ride dogs, the cauldrons in Hell burn a little less hot.

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