BIBLE HILL, N.S. – Most people will never experience the opportunity of competing on a national stage.
To do it twice in one week, that’s almost unheard of.
But that’s exactly what one Dal AC student will do when she laces up her cleats for this week’s Canadian Colleges Athletic Association women’s soccer championship in Halifax.
Cora Sharp, a fourth-year environmental sciences student, is attending the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair this week in Toronto where she is part of the New Brunswick Royal Dairy Team.
She was scheduled to show cattle on Tuesday and Wednesday before returning to Nova Scotia in the early morning hours on Thursday to join her Dal AC teammates for matches at the CCAA tournament.
“Competing in two national competitions in one week is probably the best, but most stressful way to spend my study break,” said Sharp.
Sharp is attending the Royal for the second time this year along with her sister Sophie, who is an alternate for the New Brunswick team. She will show in the senior showmanship and colour breed class.
“My two sisters, my little brother and three of my cousins are all in my 4H club,” she Sharp, who grew up in Sussex, N.B., on a dairy farm.
“I like being able to work with calves. Every calf you train is different and it really tests my patience,” she added. “I learn something new every show I go to and every time I step in the ring.”
Cora joined the Sussex Holstein 4H Calf Club at a young age and began showing when she was nine-years-old. Since, she has shown both dairy and beef calves.
“Many, many hours go into training a calf when preparing for a show,” she said. “I train mine five days a week, if not more. It's important to know the heifer you’re training so you can show off her strengths and hide her weaknesses. I wash her lots and clip her quite a few times. I got people to watch me walk my heifer so I know how she looks as she is moving.
Sharp has always loved animals and wants dairy farming to be a big part of her future.
“I want to use my degree and my passion for agriculture to some day have my own farm.”