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The Prize List. JUpGES. Horses, harness, &c.—Messrs M. Stitt, E. Saunders, and A. Lcatharp.—Treble and double furrow classes —Messrs D, Cameron} Good, and Lamb.—Single furrow—Messrs W. Gray, J. Brown, and A. McLeod. The following were the awards of the judges:— Class 1. Three-furrow plough prize, L 6, 0. Spray. Class 2.—Two-furrow plough—lst prize, L 5, John Morehead ; 2nd, L 4, T. Miller; 3rd, L 3, Jno. Keir. Class 3.—Two-furrow plough; for persons who have never taken a prize—lst prize, L 4, Jas. Cochrane ; 2nd, L2, Johns. , , , Class 4.—Single-furrow plough Ist prize, L 4, John Dunn ; 2nd, L2, Jno. Maidens. , , . , Class 5. Single-furrow plough; for boys under 17 —Ist prize, L 4, J. Small; 2nd, L2, T. Bishop. srK JIAL PRIZES. Friedlander Bros.—Horse collar, for best team oh the ground—T. Hocking. Rpid and Gray—Set of harrows, value L 7, for the best work dope with their two or three-furrow ploughs—Henry Reeves. W. Anderson —Pair of blinkers, for the best kept set of harness — Henry Reeves. W. Patching—Horse cover, for the best groomed horses—T. Miller. T. Chambers —A pair of watertight boots, for the best finish in the two-furrow lass—Jno. Morehead.

Poyntz and Oq.—Set of Haxtcn and Beattie’s harrows,'for the best ploughing in the field —Jno. Dunn. D. Fitzpatrick—A parr of watertight boots, for the best fiering in the boy’s class—J. Small. P. andD. Duncan—lmplements, value L 5, 2nd prize in Class 2—T. Miller. J. Tait—Taken by T. Hookings.

The Dinner. After the match was over a large number of farmers and others adjourned to the Somerset Hotel, where host Shearman had provided an elegant and sumptuous repast. The number of guests - exceeded considerably the available room provided for the dinner, but in a few moments Mr Shearman was equal to the emergency, and two other tables, were made ready in an adjoining room. Mr John Carter, the President of the Association, took the seat of honor, and was supported on his right by Mr C. P. Cox, and on his left by Mr Thos. Bullock, Mir Hugo Friedlander, the Mayor of Ashburton, in the vice-chair. After the removal of the cloth, the Chairman proposed the ’ usual loyal toasts which were heartily drunk.

Mr 0 P. Cox said public bodies were considered of great importance in Ashburton, and their doings, when directed towards the advancement of the district. generally, deserved the attention of all farmers, and on occasions of this kind they should not be forgotten. The County Council and Road Boards had done a great deal of good in opening up the district, and farmers, and in fact everyone, could see for themselves that the assistance given by these two bodies had increased the value of properties to a large extent. Among the many things which the County* Council had taken in hand for the benefit of the district, was the construction of a water supply for our dry plains. As a consequence property had increased in value to an astonishing extent, and water was now placed within the reach of everyone, where formerly it was almost unobtainable unless at a great expense. The agricultural and pastoral interests were always the principal ones ever held in view by the County Council, and they had shown their liberality in the erection of the commodious Sale yards, etc. Without this assistance those splendid yards would not have been erected for some time. He would propose “The Ashburton County Council,” coupled with the names of Messrs Cameron and Bullock.

Mr Cameron responded, and, in thanking them, said that the County Council had done their best to promote the due fulfilment of their formation in the prosecution of large local works, and he was glad to find that their efforts had been so far successful.

Mr Bullock said that the Council had undertaken large and important works, which had proved so far to be of great benefit. A sum of LB,OOO had been expended on the plains water supply, and has nearly doubled the value of-land since its construction. He was glad to see that the efforts of the Council were appreciated, and thanked them for the toast.

Mr Edward Saunders said that although he was not now a member of the Borough Council he could speak with a full knowledge of the arduous duties of a Councillor. When he had the honor to be a Councillor there was considerable discord, and he found that they still maintained their name for word-fighting, but yet they managed to do a great deal of good. He had great pleasure in proposing “ The Borough Council,” coupled with the name of His Worship the Mayor. The Mayor said he had a little difficulty in responding to the toast after what had fallen from an ex-Councillor. He was certainly one of the “ fighting men.” They all knew what had transpired in the Council, and if they didn’t they should read the reports which appeared in the Mail or Chiardian. (Laughter.) He thanked them for the toast. Song —“ Simon the Cellarer,” Mr Harrison. Mr Bullock proposed “ The Agricultural and Pastoral Interests,” coupled with the name of Mr D. Cameron. He was sure every one in the room was convinced that very great strides had been made in this district, and this was mainly due to the energy and tact of the early settlers. He hoped that the ploughing matches would continue to flourish, and not be allowed to fall through, as ho was greatly pleased with the quality of the work done that day. Song —“ Barney Mackay,” Mr Millar. Mr Cameron thanked them, and said that the ploughing and the teams on the ground were iquite equal to any he had seen elsewhere. As an agricultural County Ashburton stood pro-eminent, as by looking at the statistics recently published they would see that Ashburton was the largest grain-growing district in New Zealand. He thanked them for the toast.

The Vice-Chairman proposed “ The Successful Competitors,” coupled with the name of Mr John Moorhead.

Mr Moorhead replied, and thanked them heartily for the honor of the toast. Song—“ The Flag of Old England," Mr Jacobsen.

Mr Joseph Clark proposed “ The Judges,” coupled with the names of Messrs Saunders, Stitt, and Brown.' He was going to say a few words It was 19 years ago since he had seen the first plough* ing.match in Canterbury. This was held at Kaiapoi, and the first prize was taken by an old “ Barrowman” plough, with a team consisting of a bullock and a horse. [A voice : “ We have got the Bullock here.”] (Laughter.) As instancing the great strides made since, they had witnessed that day the many improvements made in ploughs and ploughing after the Barrowman ” days. The double and treble furrow plough bed made quite a revolution in farming, and consequently they were able to grow very much larger quantities of grain. Then ploughing matches should not be left to fall into disuse, as the farmers and their men were enabled to get a holiday, and meet at a time of the year when they could wall afford it. He thought that the two principal holidays for the farmers were the Show day, and the Ploughing Match day, and these days were the only ones they could get just then to meet and discuss matters. On occasions of this sort it was a matter of importance to entertain those present with speeches bearing upon agricultural matters at greater length, as it was well known how difficult it was to get farmers to meet together, even <st the meetings of the Association. Ha thought that th§ farmers should still combine closer together, and be united in action. They had brought pressure to bear on the Railway Tariff when it was so oppressive, and they should try to remove other obnoxious matters which interfered with the well being of the farming community. Mr Brown returned thanks, and said ■that he was very pleased indeed with the result of the ploughing match. As one Of the judges, he found it rather a difficult matter to get at a proper decision, but at all events he hoped they had given satisfaction, as he had heard of no complaints. He believed the previous judges who were selected had not turned up, and he was chosen to represent them suddenly. He considered the ploughing of Dunn, in the single - furrow class as excellent workj and that the ploughmen had in no way detonated, and there was evidently quite as much interest taken in these matches as there had been hitherto.' He had noticed several improvements in the plough, one of which was a sujall wing coulter, which made the furrow he evpneii. The three-furrow plough had done spied; did work, and he hoped they would come into more general use in Ashburton. . Mr Stitt replied, and said that it gave him very great pleasure to act as one of the judges. He had been selected to act, as one of the judges for the Papanui

> fiiaWii and he must say that the plough; ing here was quite as good, and the teams, if anything, superior. - Mr E. Saunders also thanked them lor the toadt. The Chairman then distributed the prize money to those ploughmen who were present, and in doing so alluded to the Capital work d!bne in the boys’ class, which was proportionately as good as that of the “ The Bightful Heir,” Mr Canning. ! __ Mr Cameron proposed “The Unsuccessful Competitors, coupled with the name of Mr C. Hill, who replied to the toast. Scotch song—Mr Dunn. The Chairman said that the next toast was one which he was sure every one present would drink heartily. There was no one who was more liberal to all things appertaining to farming and other matters than their old friend Mr Hay T. Smith. 'Ho was sorry to find that he was absent through illness. Mr Smith had always placed his paddocks, either for sports, races, ploughing matches, reaper and binder trials, &c., at the disposal of the Ashburton public, at almost any season of the year, and on this occasion had actually allowed a paddock which he did not wish to have ploughed this year to be used, because the one he-promised was slightly flooded and too wet for the match, owing to the heavy rains. Mr Smith had done this sooner than let the match fall through. The toast was drunk with musical honors. Song—“ There’s room enough f6r all ” —Mr Harrison. Mr Ivess proposed the “ Working Committee,” coupled with the names of Messrs Hunt, Mayo, Millar, and Clark. He hoped they would not allow the ploughing match on another occasion to fall through. The credit of the present one was mainly due to the energy of the working committee, and the’ successful issue was the result of their efforts. Song—“ Break it gently to my mother ” Mr Davis. Messrs Hunt, Mayo, Miller, and Clark, briefly replied to the toast. Song—“ Pull, pull, together boys,” Mr Canning. . The Vice-Chairman proposed the health of the Secretary, Mr Geo. Jameson, which was heartily drunk and responded to briefly. The toast of the u Press,” coupled with the names of the representatives present, “The Chairman,” “The Host’ and Hostess,” and a capital song by Signor Albini, brought a very pleasant evening to a close. An adjournment was made by 1 a few to the Town Hall, where every preparation had been made for a farmers’ ball. We are sorry, however, to state that only a very few attended, and this is to be regretted, as Mr Schwartz was engaged, and the floor was in capital order £ir dancing. However, about 16 couples kept it up till an early hour this morning, and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

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ASHBURTON PLOUGHING MATCH., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 406, 27 July 1881

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ASHBURTON PLOUGHING MATCH. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 406, 27 July 1881

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