Provincial competition this weekend in Bible Hill to attract hundreds
© Monique Chiasson - Truro Daily News
Onslow Mountain's Sidney Patton has formed a close bond with her mini horse Maddi. The duo will participate in this weekend's provincial 4-H show in Bible Hill.
ONSLOW MOUNTAIN - Sidney Patton knows patience plays an important role when competing in 4-H.
For example, the Onslow Mountain teenager remembers being involved in a provincial show three years ago when her dog refused to obey.
"We had our dogs off-leash and he took off around and around the ring and wouldn't come back. I remember standing in the middle of the ring crying," said the 14-year-old who is an eight-year member with the Truro North River 4-H Club.
That didn't deter Patton from competing. In fact, it taught her about endurance, patience and training. And this weekend she will participate in the Nova Scotia Provincial 4-H Show in Bible Hill, which runs from today to Sunday at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition grounds.
"Everybody aims to go to a higher level of competition and this is it. There are about 800 people there ... it can be intimidating but fun too because you meet a lot of people," said Patton, who will show her two-year-old mini horse Maddi.
Participants of the competition made it by advancing from club events, county shows and the summer exhibition show. All first, second, grand and reserve winners have advanced to the provincial shows.
Patton said there's a different feel for the provincial show.
"You are showing yourself off. I walk in as if I have already won and have the best horse in the world," she said.
Upper Stewiacke's Jamie O'Connell, 15, has been in 4-H for three years. He too will participate in the provincial show with his goat.
"Goats can be very testy. They can be pretty hard to work with when they don't want to but you just have to use a lot of repetition," said O'Connell, a member of the Stewiacke Valley 4-H Club.
O'Connell is advancing to the provincial show thanks to his successful rabbit judging and goat confirmation shows this summer.
He has high goals set for himself this weekend.
"My goal is to win and have fun. If I lose I'll have to try harder next year. And it's not very fun if you're not doing well."
O'Connell is also excited to make new friends and reconnect with old ones. He, as well as Patton, hope the community will attend the weekend event to show support for the youth.
"It doesn't matter if you have relatives in the show, come out and support us," said O'Connell.
"It's free and is the biggest petting zoo you will ever find," added Patton. "Members are willing to let you pet the animals and ask questions. You can learn more about 4-H and there's never a dull moment."
IF YOU GO
What: Annual Nova Scotia Provincial 4-H Show
When: Friday to Sunday
Where: Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition grounds in Bible Hill
Number of years for the event: 35
Ages participating: Nine to 21