A family affair: Four generations of Bacons strut their stuff at Cumberland Ex

Justin Dickie
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OXFORD While thousands come and go during Cumberland County Exhibition week each year, you can count on the Bacon family to be a mainstay.

Shawn and Kim Bacon are the fourth generation in both their families to show horses at the Cumberland County Exhibition and theyre sharing the tradition with their children Carter (7), Lynden (5) and Carly (2).

A family affair: Four generations of Bacons strut their stuff at Cumberland Ex

OXFORD While thousands come and go during Cumberland County Exhibition week each year, you can count on the Bacon family to be a mainstay.

Shawn and Kim Bacon are the fourth generation in both their families to show horses at the Cumberland County Exhibition and theyre sharing the tradition with their children Carter (7), Lynden (5) and Carly (2).

As children, Shawn and Kim said the exhibition was the highlight of their summer.

We looked forward to it all summer, Shawn said.

Its always been horses that the their families have shown. Now with a family of their own, it was only natural to share the joy with their kids.

I think its in your blood. Weve been doing it our whole lives, I guess we dont know any different, Kim said.

So far the fun is rubbing off on their kids.

When asked what he enjoyed about showing horses, Carter said: Everything pretty much.

The Bacons said showing horses isnt something someone can just take up on a whim and be successful at. It takes a lot of practice and preparation.

Shawn usually starts shoeing the horses in March or April and does so every six weeks. They also take care in what they feed them and keep them trimmed and clean. When show time hits, the Bacons doll up their horses, taking extra precautions in trimming and washing and throw on some special decorations to top it all off.

Theyve been all over Nova Scotia and New Brunswick showing the animals. Recently, they were in Musquodobit for a show two weeks ago and Truro last week.

All the running around leads to high fuel costs. Include the cost of a horse trailer, wagon, and a truck to haul them, that leaves little money, if any, left over if they win.

So what makes it worth it?

People have their antique cars, four-wheelers, snowmobileswe have our horses, Kim said. Thats our hobby. Everyone thinks were crazy.

For us, its our vacation. We dont take two weeks and go to Disneyland. I take my vacation and go to horse shows, Shawn said.

Organizations: Cumberland, Disneyland

Geographic location: OXFORD, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick Musquodobit

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