The 18-year-old Pictou County (Nova Scotia) resident recently finished with high honours at the 2012 Provincial 4-H Show in Truro, earning him a trip to the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair along with a four-hooved companion, Sweet Tart on Nov. 4 and 5.
"She placed third in her class at the pro show," he said, adding he had met other criteria that made him eligible to be part of the royal fair. He is only person from Pictou County 4-H going to the royal event in the beef division.
Both Greene and Sweet Tart will both be judged over two days. Greene will be judged for his showmanship skills with the Simmental brown cow while Sweet Tart will be judged on her looks.
"The confirmation class is based on how beautiful she is," said Greene with a laugh. "They look at her thickness, how much food she can hold in her belly, and how feminine she is."
Greene will be travelling to the fair with other 4H beef team members from Nova Scotia while Sweet Tart will be trucked to Toronto with 19 other cows going up to the big city for a beef show the same weekend.
When she arrives, Greene will spend hours washing and primping her for the show because he has been warned by past participants that the competition will be tough.
Sweet Tart, who weighs about 1,300 pounds, is only two years old so she is fairly new to the world of 4-H, but Greene is considered by some to be a veteran in such competitions.
In 2011 he was named overall showmanship champion and this year he added reserve champion overall showmanship, reserve champion overall judge, champion waterfowl pair, champion poultry showmanship, champion water fowl judge, reserve rabbit judge and reserve champion vet science article to his list of titles.
In addition to Toronto, he will be heading to Regina in the near future for the Canadian Youth Judging competitions.
But in the end, he hopes all this leads him to the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Truro where he plans to enroll in its pre-vet program.