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A meeting cf the committee appointed by the Agricultural and Pastoral Association for the purpose of considering the ploughing match, met yesterday afternoon at the Somerset Hotel. Present—Messrs 0. P. Cox (Chairman), T. Bullock, J. Hunt, D. Oliver, F. Horne, J. Bennison, R Millar, and Geo. Jameson (hon. sec.). The lists sent in- to ‘the meeting showed the amount so far promised and collected, L 35 4s ; but more than two-thirda of tho lists were not yet sent in. < t The Secretary reported that no offer of land for tho ploughing match had been received.- , : , f

Mr Himt said that Mr H. T. Smith had offered to give a piece of land for the match, which was situated near the town. —lt was resolved to accept Mr Smith’s offer.

It was resolved to offer the publican’s and confectioner’s booths to public competition, and Mr Bullock kindly offered to do so without charge. : After some discussion, it was resolved to recommend the Working Committee to fix the date of the match on; or about the 20th July. It was decided to give the following classes for the ploughing match:—First class, for single-furrow, for men and boys ; second, for double-furrows ; one for prizetakers, and one for non-prizetakera ; one class for three-furrow plough. It was decided to make a recommends-, tion to the Working Committee to have the rules regarding false cut, etc., duly advertised, and each ' ploughman acquainted with the mature of the work when entering with the' Secretary.' : It was resolved that,the.ages: of those entering, in the boys’ class Shall not exceed 17 years. • * The following is the list of special l prizes offered : ■ lleid and Gray, set of harrows for best work : done, with the double-furrow ploughsi' «' ‘v ..«■ Friedlander Bros, ; collar, lor best match team on the ground. i /

T. Chambers, pair of -watertight boots. ' Poyntz and Co. (agents for Haxton and Beattie), set of three-horse harrows. D. Fitzpatrick, pair of watertight boots WI Patching, horse cover for best groomed horses. W, Anderson, pair of blinkers for best kept harness.' ' A discussion ensued as to whether the (harrows given by ■ Messrs Paxton and Beattie shouldbe given for the best work in the three-furrow or the single furrow. Mr , Bullock j moved, and .Mr Millar seconded- —“ That the harrows be awarded for the best, work in the threefurrow class.” Mr Hunt moved as an amendment — That the prize be awarded for the - best ploughing on , tiie ‘fldch n .V . 'Horne seconded it j arid it was 6arf ied. ; It was resolved to write to the following eight gentlemen, asking them to act as judges, viz., Messrs Boag, D. Cameron, James Walls, J. Bennett, J. Guild, G. Guild, S. Bailey,, and W. Gray. r ’ -'' Mr Oliver Said'that- something might to be done in reference to providing some amusement .for the ploughmen and fantoers 6n‘tKe evening of the match. He would suggest that a ball and supper should be given either in some store or in the Town Hall at a price not exceeding 10s for double tickets. It was resolved to have a,ball and; supper at ythe Town Hall, also the msrialploughing ‘match dinner in .J>h* evening. Both matters were..left-in; the hands' of a sub-committee to carry out. A vote of thanks to the chair was passed, and the meeting adjourned.

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PLOUGHING MATCH., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 382, 29 June 1881, Incorrect date

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PLOUGHING MATCH. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 382, 29 June 1881, Incorrect date