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THE NELSON PRIZE FIRING.

(By Telegraph.) i Rifle Camp, Beightwatee. March 9. The nineteenth match is completed. The, winners are—l, Somerville, 63 ; 2, Parnell; 55; 3, Fenton, 50; 4, Skinner, 59; 5, Gordon, 50; 6, Paynter, 47 ;7, 1 Hutchinson, 46 ; 8, Oapt. Wilson, 46 ; 9, H. Dixon, 46. The other are— Ross, 43; F. France, 36 ; JBpd and Richardson —each 35 ; HutcHKßm and Mair—each 34 ; Rogers, 27 ; Milne, -26 ; Davy, 23 ; Hunter, 21 ; Lees, 14; Ellis, 9. Rifle Camp, Richmond, March 10. There is a large attendance : at''.the cavalry tournament. The arrangements, are good and the weather perfect. In the' first contest for files, two men ride quarter of a mile, taking two fixed fences ; ; 3ft. Gin. high, and on arriving at the 200 yards firing point dismount and fire as tnauy shots as possible. The time allowed is Suiins. The winners are—l, M’Lean and Waldington (Wairoa), 15 centres, 10 outers —90 points'; 2, Howie and :J. » Thurston (Wairoa), 15 centres, 9 outers— - 87 points; 3, Johnson and Aiken (Wairoa), 2 centres, 24 outers—Bo points. The other squads are—Smith and Thurston (Alexandra), 65 points; Somerville and Laird (Alexandra), 43 points. Somerville’s horse refused the jumps, and time had almost expired when he arrived at the firing point. M'Lean was thrown when going oyer-the second fence; : butjumped up and run to the firing point. In the second cavalry tournament the winners are —Johnson, Pilkington," and McLean of Wairoa—36 centres, 14. outers, total points, 186 ; 2nd, Thurston, Mussen, • and Smith of Alexandra—26 centres, 10 outers, total points, 174; 3rd, Somer-vi-le, Heggie, and Laird, of Alexandra — 33 centres, 14 outers, total points, 17L The others are—Aitken, Howie, and Thurston, of Wairoa, total 159. In the cavalry tournament, third contest, each competitor was required to start at a gallop for post practice, each ring taken counting as one point, and each neck cut fairly thro ugh as. one point. Time allowed, 20seos.; 4 necks and 4 rings in the line. The winners are—l, Laird, of Alexandra, 7 heads 6 rings, 13 points ; 2, Mussen, of Alexandra, 6 heads 7 rings, 13 points (in the ultimate ties Laird’s total was 4, and Mussen’s 3) ; 3, J. Thurston, Wairoa, 4 heads 8 rings, 12 points. The others were Heggie, Alexandra, 11; Aitken, Wairoa, 11; Smith, Alexandra, . 11; Howie, Wairoa, 8; D. Thurston, Alexandra, 5. Contest four ■ —pursuing practice; squads of four men riding abreast; to : start at a gallop out in pursuing practice,; , half points for good dressing, and excellence of swordsmanship. Winners—l, J. ■ Thurston, Howie, and Aitken, of Wairoa—--13 points; 2, Somerville, Heggie, and. Laird, of Alexandra—l2 points; 3, D. Thurston, Mussen, and Smith, of Alexandra—9 points. . r ; - i At the conclusion of the toumment ; there was a parade, and the prizes won at the meeting were distributed by Mrs. A. J. Richmond, wife of Major Richmond, M.H.R. In presenting Sergt. Okey with ■ the rifle belt, Mrs. Richmond said she had great pleasure in making the presentation. The scores he had made in r the. late contest, combined with the high position he had secured in last year’s competition, convinced her: that she was, in the . name of the Association, conferring this much coveted honor on the right man. Three cheers were given for 1 Okey, after Mrs. Richmond had placed the belt on his, person. That lady then presented Gunner Thomas /with the car-' bine belt, upon winning it, and extending her congratulations to his corps, which, for the second time in succession, had sent the best carbine shot - to the meeting. Three cheers were then - , given for Thomas, and also cheers for the ex-champion. Gold medals were presented to Ballinger, Lieut. Gordon, Okey, and Thomas ; • silver ones to Hutchison, Smith, Mapp, Purnell, Rogers, and Somerville; • and bronze ones to Sutton, Jamieson, Neill, Rule, Soper, Hood, and Gee, each being complimented with suitable remarks. The cup for the North and South Island contest was presented to the winner's in the ■ ■ rifle and carbine matches, cheers being given for the winners, after which Major Baillie, on behalf of the volunteers attending the meeting; thanked the people of Nelson most sincerely for their welcome and reception. As regards shooting,- ! he said he was surprised at its excellence... ■ • Col. Packesaid he found this meeting had H gone on without the loss of a single 1 moment. The shooting was raagiiificent, and he complimented Okey on winning the rifle belt, remarking that four years ago at Hokitika he shot remarkably _ well. Healso congratulated Captain 1 Wildman, of .the Thames,-who; for the second year had shepherded his men, and . ■ for. the second time the carbine .belt had been secured to his company.. He warned the other companies'that the Thames men would win it altogether, unless they were on the look, out. He thanked the. ladies of Nelson for their presence, and spoke in the warmest terms of Mr.‘ Canning’s gene- : rcsity in placing the grounds, lunchepn,. &c.,, at their disposal, and he thanked fall • the people of Nelson for their hospitality.Three cheers were given for Colonel Packs and other cheers for the staff officers., Cheers were also given by,.the, Nelson men for their companions during •the meeting. Thanks having been returned, the force was dismissed; arid'the- ■-- meeting was at an end.

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THE NELSON PRIZE FIRING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 72, 11 March 1880

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