When I was a kid I used to make my dog jump stadium courses. Yankee, a standard poodle, was a real athlete and a good sport about it.
I never dreamed about asking the family cat to try this. She would have most likely bitten me (which she did whenever I tried to cajole her into doing something she thought was a bad idea). Now I have cats that are either too lazy or just too uncoordinated. Our ragdolls are much more interested in curling up in your lap than voluntarily undertaking serious exercise.
This cat, however, seems to get into the spirit of jumping.