THE HORSE PARADE.
The Ashburton Agricultural and Pastoral Association’s parade on Saturday was certainly good, and the turn out of the horses showed an excellent and varied choice at the disposal of owners of mares in the'district. The day was beautifully fine with pleasant sunshine, and an absence of high wind, so that the parade was quite an attraction to the many farmers who attended as well as to residents in the district who take an interest in horse-flesh and like to see what sort of sire is available. The parade was held in the new cattle market adjoining Mr. Hay Smith’s property, and as the market is also to be the Show Grounds of the Association, its opening for the first time afforded many an opportunity of seeing what has been done in the provision of yards, pens. &c., for the double purpose of stock sales and the exhibition of corapetiting animals at the show. The opportunity to ip spect the works in progress and complete was fully taken advantage of, and the work done appeared to give universal satisfaction. The most of the cattle, sheep, and pig pens are furnished with a few trifling details, and the stand is well forward, the result in every case reflecting credit on the contractors to whose hands the work fell. There is always a great amount of trouble required on the part of the Committees who have to manage affairs like the horse parade, and the gentlemen who made the arrangements for this parade appear to have put their shoulders thoroughly tq the . wheel, and were eminently successful. They were the veteran Mr. Joseph Hunt, a host in himself, and a great worker in the interests of the Association, never sparing himself when his services were required ; Mr. P. T. Mayo, who offers well to walk in Mr. Hunt’s footsteps ; and Mr. M. Stitt, who brings to the Society’s service great practical experience and no end of enthusiasm. The efforts of the Committee, however, would be sadjy crippled were they not supported by an energetic and efficient Secretary, and this officer, with ail the needful qualifica : tions,they possess in Mr. George Jameson, who throws himself into the work with a will, is ever present when wanted, and lias the invaluable gift of being able to do the work demanded of him by a show without losing his head, and therefore with a total absence of- flurry and confusion.
The entries on. the catalogue numbered 20. We gave them in a previous issue, but to make a complete report we repeat them : Thoroughbreds and Roadsters —Mr. Charles Lewis’ Dan O’Rourke, Mr. F. B, Passmore’s Commodore, Mr. L. E. Corsbie’s Tribune, Mr. D. McKellar’s Dundee, Mr. J. Carter’s Dexter, Mr. J. Carter’s Liberal, Mr. W. H. Smith’s Tam o’Shanter.
Draught Horses —Mr. J, Carter’s Billy Fairplay, Mr. F. B. Passmore’s Duke, Mr. J, Grigg’s Lord Beaconsfielcl, Mr. C. Leitch’s Heather Jock, Mr. Edwin Thomas’ Commander, Mr. William Stoddart’s Lord Raglan, Mr. William Fergie’s Bonnie Scotland, Mr. R. Patton’s Young Ivanhoe, Mr. N, Walsh’s \ oung Sir Colin Campbell, Mr, J. Mutch’s
Young Glenroy, Mr. Caimcross’ Pride of the North, Mr. J; MclCeliar’s Glenroy, Mr. C. Ede’s' Muir Lad. THOROUGHBREDS AHD ROADSTERS. Seven light horses appeared on the card, but Daniel O’Rorke and Tam o’ Shanter did riot put in an appearance. Mr. Passmore’s Commodore is barely old enough to invite comparison with matured horses, but we hope to have something* favorable to say of him later on. Tribune was looking his best, which is much better than we remember him a few years ago. For good racing mares, with nice action, we highly recommend this sire. Dundee is a now candidate for local honors, and his appearance and breeding are well worth the ■ attention of owners. Dexter looks very fit, and will certainly leave a favorable mark on the carriage horses of the-district. Since we last noticed this horse we have seen soirie of his stock, which fully bear out the highest anticipations formed of his capabilities. Liberal is a nice compact chestnut, but hardly our idea of a carriage horse. :
DRAUGHTS. Mr. Carter’s Billy Fairplay is a dapple bay, a good looking horse, that cannot easily ho found fault with, unless it be that some may not fancy the share of leg that' has been apportioned to him. Mr. Passmoi e’s Duke is a smart, clean, honest looking horse, that must improve with, his years, he being now only a two-year-old. Mr. John Grigg’s Beacojrafield is a well known horse, and is in i%£Sry way a supporter of the credit of Mr. Grigg’s stable—a powerful and well proportioned animal that met with many admirers. Mr. Leitch’s Heather Jock was also kindly spoken of, and was well noticed. Mr. Edwin Thomas showed his Commander, a neatly made and well built horse that was quite a favorite with the farmers. Mr.Stoddart’s Lord Raglan was in fine condition, and showed well; he is a heavy powerful horse, light chesiiut in color, arid was not neglected by the connoisseurs. Mr. Fergie’s Bonnie Scotland is an attractive kind of horse of good quality and action, and was a favorite with many. Mr,- R. Patton’s bay Young Ivanhoe was shown somewhat fleshy, but is well put together,, and ought to sire decent stock. Mr. Nicholas Walsh’s Young Sir Colin Campbell is a horse we are glad to see in this district, and he took our taste at once. Mr. J. . Mutch showed his black horse Young Glenroy. He was quite popular, and at the of the sale Mr. Quill put him up to auction, but hewas bought in, his owner not caring to sacrifice him. Mr. Cairncross’s Pride of the North has been measured out well in the building, and his symmetry commanded attention. Mr. M‘Kellar’a Glenroy was a very popular horse, and we were greatly pleased with his appearance and fine action, as were many good judges who were emphatic in their praise of him. Mr. B. Ede’s Muir Lad is a pure Clydesdale. and as such, despite his want of condition, was well canvassed. He will doubtless be in request in the district this season.
Altogether the parade was a very fair display of good horses. There was not a worthless animal in the crowd, and such faults as were pointed out by the critical were trifling, while everybody seemed to ' remark the improvement on last seasonO that was visible all along the string, ' especially among the draughts.
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