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ANNUAL HORSE PARADE, CHRISTCHURCH.

The annual parade of entire horses took place at the Agricultural and Pastoral Association’s ground on Saturday last. The growing interest in stock rearing was exhibited by an unusually large attendance of the public, and the animals shown, although numerically weaker than last year’s collection, were of a higher class than we have hitherto seen, and with a few exceptions were shown in very creditable condition. The ponies appeared first on the card, and of these Prince Charming was certainly the beat, although Miracle’ and King of the Ring are by no means ordinary animals. Merrylegs would have been better classed as a cob, and Hercules was quite out of place. In roadsters, the ever green Nobleman was looking his best, and the half brothers Spot and Dexter found lots of admirers, as they well deserved. There was a large entry in Colonial throughbreds, of which the well known Daniel O’Rourke, Guy Faux, and Korari looked likely to add to the lustre of their racing fame by stud successes. King of Clubs, the horse recently imported by the Middle Park Company, was not looking his b.est, but it wag difficult to find much seriously wrong wit})

this successor to the veteran Traducer. Sorcerer received a good deal of attention, on account of his reputation for getting big, useful stock, and for a general breeder this*, son of Traducer would take a lot of beating. ’ ' Of the imported thoroughbreds, Perkin Warbeck was the popular favorite, ; and, although he looks just a trifle small, we prefer him to the other two in his class— Albany and Leolinus.’ The latter is a very grand horse, and has had lots of chances to get racers. Albany is not much to our lilting but his -breeding will always command friends. The draughts were a very fine lot, including horses which would be exceptionally good in any country. Amongst the best were Sir Colin Campbell, Morley’s Fancy, Crown Prince, Lord Glasgow, Lincoln Jack, Prince Royal, Bobby Burns, Prince of Wales, Rantin’ Robin, Pride of Scotland, and Billy Fairplay. The latter is a much improved horse, and like Mr. Patton’s Young Ivanhoe, will probably get better than himself.

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ANNUAL HORSE PARADE, CHRISTCHURCH. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 158, 28 September 1880

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