Hundreds attend annual event in Bible Hill

Sherry Martell
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‘It’s a lot more hard work than I had expected’

BIBLE HILL - A thunderous round of applause startled an already nervous Holstein held by equally apprehensive hands.

That moment, Dr. David Gray, dean of Dalhousie Agricultural Campus, breathed a deep sigh of relief after completing his first attempt in a show ring at College Royal, a celebration of agriculture held annually at the university.

“It’s a lot more hard work than I had expected,” Gray said, following the award presentations where he earned a seventh-place, brown ribbon for his efforts against other faculty members.

Being up close and personal with bovines is not a “natural” activity for him so, during recent weeks, Gray had been coached by a team of three students with showmanship experience to prepare for his big day in the spotlight. 

 “They’ve been showing me the ropes,” he said.

Hundreds of university students took the afternoon off classroom tasks to participate in the event.

Jen Bent, a fourth-year university student, was ringside with her sheep Cherice.

Bent grew up on a dairy farm and chose to show a sheep for the first time at this year’s event to gain new experience.

“I’ve shown dairy in 4-H for many years and wanted to try something different,” she said.

Bent has participated in College Royal since attending the university.

“I think it’s a good way for the kids that come from a non-ag. (agriculture) background to see what we go through on a daily basis.”

Her teammate and sister Alana Bent enjoys doing pre-show preparations from clipping and grooming to training.

“It’s not just about show day,” she said. “There is a lot of work before hand.”

In the dairy barn, dozens of students were doing last minute touch-ups on their livestock including washing, brushing, trimming and powdering.

Hannah Jamieson, a first-year student, was all smiles after hours of preparation waiting for her chance in the judge’s ring.

“I’ve been showing dairy for 10 years in 4-H,” said Jamieson. “It’s something I love doing.”

The event kicked-off on Thursday night with farm games such as round bale rolling and sack races then continued on Friday afternoon with livestock shows featuring cows, chickens and sheep.


Organizations: Dalhousie Agricultural Campus

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