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Patricia Diane "Pat" Kidston

Patricia Diane "Pat" Kidston

The Maritimes has lost a great horsewoman, who touched and changed
so many lives as a coach, mentor, showman and friend.

Patricia Diane "Pat" – 70 of Steam Mill passed peacefully at home on the farm after a very courageous battle with cancer on Friday, May 10, 2024. Her beloved husband, Bob, and devoted sister, Pam, were by her side throughout her ordeal. Born in Kentville, she was the daughter of the late Ian and Joan (Montgomery) Baird. From a very young age, Pat’s passion was her love of horses and she fulfilled that dream her entire life. Pat received her first horse "Pepper" from her parents when she was 12, and never looked back! She had a keen eye for horses and the wonderful ability to match horse and rider. Pat welcomed everyone into her barn to see and discuss in depth all things "horse". Her entire life was built on generosity, morals, passion and love – her love for Bob, the farm and all her four-legged pets! Pat was a lifetime member of the American Quarter Horse Association, received recognition from the AQHA with a lifetime award for breeding American Quarter Horses, member of the National Reining Horse Association, National Working Cow Horse Association, held several positions on the Maritime Quarter Horse Association, member of the Appaloosa Horse Club of Canada as well the Maritime Club, competing successfully Nationally and Internationally. Most recently Pat was the driving force behind the formation of the Scotia Sliders Horse Association of which she was President at the time of her passing. Pat remarked a short time ago that she had no regrets, lived an enchanted life and did things her way. A vacation usually included her show gear and a great horse, then a return to her happy place – Encore Farm. A very special thank you to all her friends who helped out at the stable during her illness, as well as special thanks to paramedics, Whitney Young and Les Card for enabling Pat to get to her stable and connect with her horses one last time – a dream fulfilled! Many thanks to doctors and the medical staff in Med A at the Valley Regional Hospital, the Dickson Cancer Centre, Halifax, palliative care and VON teams that supplied excellent care for Pat and enabled her to remain at home and special care by the transportation units of EHS. She will be forever missed by her husband of 50 years, Robert "Bob" Kidston; twin sister, Pam Nickerson; sisters, Barbara Baird and Sheila Baird (Luis); several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, John in infancy and brother-in-law, Hugh Nickerson. Cremation has taken place and in keeping with Pat’s wishes there will be no service or visitation. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Donations in her memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, a pet rescue of your choice or Operation Enhancement Campaign - Valley Regional Hospital Foundation.

The maritime skies were lit up that night by the Northern Lights,
seldom seen here, as Angels in heaven were getting ready
for a special soul who is now at peace and pain free.
God Bless

Patricia Diane "Pat" Kidston
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Service Location
In keeping with Pat's wishes, there will be no visitation or service. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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