[from our own correspondent.] Oamaru, To-day. The eighteenth annual Agricultural and Pastoral Show commenced yesterdav. The weather was anything but auspicious, being both cold and windy, and it had a marked effect upon the attendance, which was much smaller than usual even for a first day at Oamaru. To-day it has been very rainy and cold again, a great contrast to the “ people’s day ” last year, when the sun was shining brightly and the heat was very great. The sheep, taken as a whole, are first rate; they came chiefly from local exhibitors. The Hon. R. Campbell took the cup for merinos ; Messrs H. and T. Little for Leicesters; and the Hon. M. Holmes for Lincolns. The horses were a nice lot so far as they go, but every one seemed surprised at their limited number. There are only four thoroughbred entires, two mares and one filly. The hacks only comprise seven entries. The draught entires are excellent. Mr Reid’s imported horse Hotspur carried off the first prize in thoroughbreds, and Pectobe second prize. Mr Menlove secured the cup for the same class, and his mares each took a first. The roadsters and trotting stallions excite a lot of attention. The awards for draughts are not yet (afternoon) finished. The cattle are always a feature of the show at Oamaru, and this year the Ayrshires (87 entries) are fully up to the usual mark, indeed they are generally considered superior to anything of the kind shown at Christchurch. The cup for Ayrshres was won by Mr James Gemmel, who scored twenty points against his opponent, who made sixteen. James Gemmel secured first prize with Glasgow Champion, r 1 imported animal, Mr James Mitchell taking third with Kakanui Jack. Mess s A. and J. M'Farlane took first and second prizes for bulls two years old, with Duke of Bucc'eugh, first, and S : r Colin 1 st, second. The number of points for extra honors lay between these two exhibitors. The show of implements falls a long way short of that at Ashburton, the entres being only 32 in number, the property of about half a dozen exhibitors. Reid and Grey, whose implements stare one in the face at every show one visits, were the principal exhibitors, and took eleven first, and one second prize. There was a capital show of poultry, and also of dairy produce. The Association’s Cup for dairy produce was carried off by Waikouati. The Kaiapoi Woolen Company and the Mosgiel Company were both represented. Agricultural produce was well represented, there being 101 entered in this class. All the prizes, with a solitary exception, went to local men.
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OAMARU SHOW., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 495, 18 November 1881
OAMARU SHOW. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 495, 18 November 1881
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