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Jamie Heap
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High Tide Miniature Horse Show Held

PARRSBORO-While Parrsboro has long been able to boast about having the world’s highest tides (measuring nearly 50 feet high at their peak), in recent years, it has also been able to boast about having some of the world’s smallest horses too.

The High Tide Miniature Horse show, an annual event organized by Dorothy and Billy Best, has been held at the Crossroads home of Gary and Bertha Harrison the past several years. “Bertha and Gary are excellent hosts,” said Dorothy Best, the proud owner of six miniature horses. “They let us (the Nova Scotia Miniature Horse Association) use their house and their yard for this event,” she added.

Roger Gouchie, the president of the Nova Scotia Miniature Horse Association, stated what the event lacked in participants this year, they made up for in horses.

“While we may have been down a few competitors this year, we’ve had more horses and novice riders than we’ve ever had before,” he added. “Dorothy did most of the organization for the show, I took over today so that she could take part in it.”

One of the novice riders referred to by Gouchie was Terri Monk from Chezzetcook. “It’s good fun,” said Monk. “This is only my second event. I’m lucky that my horse (Sugar Plum) is an older horse; it makes it easier,” she said.

In addition to local competitors such as Best and her granddaughter Marissa Simmonds, the Greens (Antigonish) and participants from Nine Mile River and Prince Edward Island also made the trip to Parrsboro to take part in this event.

Along with Gouchie, volunteer and gold sponsor Karen Yorke-Gilbert set up the various courses throughout the day while she also timed each of the competitors.

Another  event volunteer was Southampton’s Crystal Goodwin, P.A. announcer.

 “Without sponsors there would be no show,” stated Dorothy Best. “The sponsors of the High Tide Miniature Horse Show are DJP Transport Ltd., The TeeShirtery, Arnold Wood Construction & Excavation, Spirit Reins Ranch, Sargents Rental and Leasing Ltd., Dr. M.I. Parker Chiropractor, A&D Campbell & Sons, Parrsboro Lions Club, Bill & Henrietta Best, Mark Boon, Jorgenson & Bickerton Inc., Amherst Veterinary Hospital, Harrisons Home Hardware, J&P Farms Services, Roger & Sandy Gouchie, Dorothy Evans and Parrsboro Community Radio.”

Organizations: Nova Scotia Miniature Horse Association, Sugar Plum, Greens DJP Transport Jorgenson Bickerton Amherst Veterinary Hospital

Geographic location: Parrsboro Community, Chezzetcook, Prince Edward Island Sargents

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