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A. & P. ASSOCIATION’S ANNUAL SHOW.

President —Mr E.S. Coster. Vice-president— Mr C. Percy Cox. Committee—Messrs T. Bullock, J. Clark, J. Carter, R. Friedlander, C. J. Harper, A. Letham, J. Lambie, F. T. Mayo, R. Millar, D. Oliver, S. Saunders, J. E. Trevor, T. Taylor, H. T. Winter, D. Williamson. A. Harrison, hon. treasuerer. Geo. Jameson, secretary. The fifth annual Show in connection with the Ashburton Agricultural and Pastoral Association, was hold at the County Saleyards to-day. The early morning was cloudy and overcast, but by 7 o’clock the sun shone out, the blue sky showed, and the weather was superb. Three great events coming together in Ashburton are almost as uncommon, so far as we are concerned, as the occurrence of three Sundays in a week. This year the Show day has been sandwiched between two raco days, and consequently both Show and Races have attracted a larger number of visitors than usual. Since noon yesterday, offices, shops, and warehouses in town have been closed, and Ashburton has abandoned itself to sight-seeing, and the holidays will not close until after tomorrow is over, when another day’s racing will terminate the fun until Christmas time comes round. The “ Carnival ” week brought a number of visitors to Ashburton yesterday, and many more arrived by the the North and South trains to-day. All the exhibits were on the ground by 9 o’clock, and an hour later the public—that is to say the half-crown public—were admitted. Up to noon the attendance, as is always the case, was limit'd, but with twelve o’clock and shilling prices the public commenced'to “rollup,” and the attendance largely increased as the day wore on. The road to the ground presented an animated appearance from a very early hour, the number and variety of vehicles, the visitors on horseback and the visitors on foot, all combined to make things pretty lively along the route. And now we will describe a ramble round the grounds. The horses extended in a lorfg line straightaway from the gate on the Great South road right across the ground. To the left were the implements, occupying the same place as last year, and filling the uninitiated with astonishment, and the knowing ones with admiration. In a line with the implements were the carts, farm drays, buggies, etc., a very nice collection, and beyond these again were the New ' Zealand manufactures and produce in a >

Ugtfftd commodioiw building of corrugatei iron,|a 'gteat improvement on the mtMim all sorts of jthifigd were ehown, ranging ®rt»Tpoap attd candles jtpjhoots and clothini£ihe being exhibited *»y Mr SnlUison, and the Utter by jt?\e tvhiapoi Wopllen Factory. Hfere (interesting exhibits on a hot day) was abundance of beer shown by Messrs Moore and Sons and the Outaid e tho shedHTSs fool p cojected so as to form a shelter for the dogs, and they no doubt appreciated tho grateful shade. At too many showeibo oaimio exhibits are left tied to a fence all day in the

blazing sun, treatment calculated to make the best-tempered dog “ snappish ” at the approach of visitors. Passing the poultry, a very creditable collection, the sheep pens are reached, and beyond these are the cattle, while close at hand are the pigs squealing an indignant protest at the whole proceedings. Mr Hill, of the Somerset, had an attractive booth for tha sale of liquors, and Mrs Butler had another close by. Both must have driven -a good trade, as the weather was hot and the visitors thirsty. Mr Davison had .a very nice booth for the sale of fruit and confectionery, etc., and Mr T. Poole, of Christchurch, had a booth for the sale of light refreshments also. Mr Quill was the caterer for the luncheon supplied to th|e committee. Amongst the amusements provided were a “ merry-go-round,” and a shooting gallery, both of which appeared to be well patronised. The Volunteer brass band was in attendance and played enlivening selections during the day. Altogether the Show must be pronounced a and is as far in advance of that of 1881 as that year’s was of its predecessor. Mr George Jameson, the hard-working secretary, deserves a word of praise tor his exertions in connection with the and which went far, doubtless, to make it the success that it was. The secret iryi committee, judges, and all worked hard and worked well. The annual dinner takes place this evening, at Quill’s i Hotel.

SHEEP. Eighty-nine sheep of all claases were shown this year as against eighty-seven last year. The merinos were not nearly so numerous, but their quality was fairiy maintained. For the best ram above eighteen months old there were only four entries. Mr J. Browne secured first honors for a nice animal bred by the exhibitor, and a highly commended for another exhibit in the same class. Messrs Gould and Cameron took a.second'prize >fdt an' exhibit in the same class, and Mr C. G.; Hawdon showed a fine animal, but the wool was rather coarse, and probably on: that account it was passed over by the, judges. In the class for best ram under; eighteen months old Mr W. Lyttelton: took the two first, and Mr 0. J. Harper and Mr C. G. Hawdon a secpnd each. For the best eWe above eighteen' months Mr Lyttelton secured a first and Mr..Hawdon a second prize. For best etfe * iftlder eighteen months Mr Lyttelton took first and Mr Hawdon a second prize.' For Mr Oliver’s prize of L2 2s for the. best five merino ' eweis under eighteetr months 'old, that have never been housed, clothed, or hand fed, Mr W. Lyttelton was the only scorer, taking a first. For Mr 0. ,G. Hawdon’s prize of L 3 3s, for best !j fivA merino rams under eighteen months, that have never been housed, clothed, or hand fed, Mr 0. J. Harper secured a first, the judges being of opinion that, Mr Lyttelton’s exhibits were rather short in the staple, although they admitted them to be fine animals. For the New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Company’s prize of a piece of plate, value L 3 3s, for best pen of five merino rams qndep eighteen months old, Mr Harper' was the only scorer, the judges passing the other exhibits with little comment. There were eleven, entries in the ..Lincoln class. For best’ ’ ram above eighteen months .old, Messrs Dudley, and; Northey took a first and second, they being the only exhibitors besides Messrs Gould and Cameron. For best ram under eighteen months, Messrs Dudley and Northey took a first and second, being the only exhibitors in the class ; and for the best ewe above eighteen months the same firm scored a first and second, and Tor best ewe under eighteen months took: a ■ second. There were twenty-seven entries in Leicesters; Mr Bonifant taking & first, for best ram under eighteen months, Mr Marcroft a second, and Mr T. Taylor a commended ticket. For best Leicester ram under eighteen months Mr Marcrof;, was the only scorer, taking a commended ticket. For best Leicester ewe above eighteen months, Mr Bonifant took a first second, and copimendpd; ,being: the only scorer in the class. f'or best ewe under eighteen months old, Messrs Wilkin and Carter took a first against all comers. The Romney Marsh sheep, dozen in number, were, taking them altogether, a very creditable lot. For beat ewe above eighteen months, Me srs Wilkin and Carter took a first and second, and-for best ewe under 18 months, the same firm took a first arid second. The fat sheep were few in number and fairly good in quality. Mr W. Saunders took a first'frit pen of best five cross-bred wethers (of any age) for butchers’purposes, Messrs’ Wilkin 1 arid Carter a second, and Mr J. Bonifant a commended. For best ten 1 fat'lambs (any b eed), Messrs Wilkin and Carter took a first, and Mr James Tinker a second; : For Dr Trevor’s prize of L2 2s for best pen of fine merino ewes, with cross-bred lambs at foot (ewes and lambs to be taken into consideration), Mr W. Hartnell took first, and Mr J. W. Smith-second honors. There were only three entries for the prize. For Messrs Matson, Cox andjCo.’s prize of L2,12s 6d for best or wethers under eighteen months old, the progeny of merino ewes of {ongw.ool fPaijns of any breed (to be specified),' there ‘was only onemandidate, Mr T. Clephane, who showed a nice pen, the progeny'of Leicester and Lincoln rams, and secured a first award. For Messrs Matson,’ Cox and Co.’s prize of L2 12s 6d , for the. best five' ewes or wtthers above eighteen months, the progeny of merino, e.wea and long wool rams of any nure breed, there was no entry. Mr James Jamieson’s prize of LI Is for the beat cross-bred sheep (first cross), ewe or wether, fourtooth, bred from merino ewe. only brought out three entries. Mr Jamieson was awarded his own prize by the judges fora beautiful cross-bred wether, Mr O. Digby taking a second. v „ ~,

CATTLE. ' ' SHORTHORNS. In Class 1., for the best bull,.- Mr R. Anierson exhibited a fine animal, Lord Napier, by Knightless Honor, bred by Mr Grigg, and secured first prize. A small animal by Marlborough, bred by Mr Mariroft, took second honors. There were only two entries in this class. In the class for cows of any age Mr O. Digby had two very nice exhibits, and secured a second prize for a well-made cow. Messrs Dudley and Northey showed a splendid cow, Daphne, by Monitor, and took first honors. She really is a beautiful animal. For a clean-looking animal, of nice cotor and quality,Mr Marcroft’s entry was highly commended. The same breeder was commended for a useful cow and good milker. OTHER BREEDS. Mr O. Digby obtained a highly commended for a nice little Ayrshire bull, by Prince Imperial. A very pretty and evenly-made animal, of the same bre?d. shown by Mr James Reid, took first prize. This animal possesses all the characteristics of the Ayrshire breed, and was very much admired. For the best cow of any age Mr W. Marcroft secured a first prize with a well-made and prettyoolored cow. For the best cow of any age or breed Mr J. W.

Silcock was commended for a nice looking animal. Mr James Tasker secured second prize for a red cow in prime milking condition. Messrs Dudley and Northey were highly commended for a very pretty cow by Eoyal Gwynne, which showed the breeding of her sire to a good extent. For a very pretty little cow of the Alderney kind, Messrs Wilkin and darter were awarded a first. She was in the “ fullest ” of profit, and was undoubtedly a splendid milker. For the best dairy cow there were only three entries to compete for the Ashburton Cheese and Butter Factory’s prize. Mr K. Anderson secured first honor, with a splendid milch cow, with a bag apparently large enough to supply a small factory with milk. For the best two-year-old heifer, Mr J. 0. Bell took a first with an only entry. For the beat fat cow and heifer, Messrs Wilkin and Carter took a first prize for a fine large framed heifer, Mr 0. Digby taking second honors with a very good exhibit. There were two fat steers, calved since July, 1879, exhibited by Mr Digby, but no prizes were awarded. In the extra classes, Mr J. Tucker exhibited a nice little Ayrshire heifer, ten months old, by Prince Imperial, and was commended. Mr James Reid also ex* hibited a splendid heifer, two-years-old, and took a first prize. The same exhibitor secured a highly commended foraliltle rod heifer of the same breed. MrO. Digby took second honors with a well-made Ayreshire heifer, two years, by Prince Imperial. Messrs Wilkin and Carter exhibited two nice Brittany heiffera, and a bull of the same breed. They were of good quality, but seemed rather wild. No awards were made by the judges for this class of breed. On the whole, the show of cattle were not a large one, but many of the exhibits was first class, and superior to those of last year. We noticed, however, that Mr John Qrigg did not exhibit at all this year, which is owing, no doubt, to the sale that has lately taken place at Longbeaoh.

HORSES. DRAUGHT. In the class for the best entires of any age there were only four entries on the catalogue, but, owing to Messrs Gould and Cameron’s Charlie being entered in the wrong class by error, he was allowed to go before the judges, Mr J. Gilmour'e Kelvin, by Prince Royal, showed very welL He is a most useful and compact animal, and would no doubt have secured the first prize had he not been lame. Mr Thomas’s Commander, by Sir Colin Campbell, looked the pink of perfection, and was perfectly entitled to first place, which was duly accord d him. Mr Walker’s Strathmore, by Glenroy, looked extremely well, and is no doubt a useful horse for farm stock. He secured second prize. Messrs Gould and Cameron’s Charlie, by RoyaU is a' nice-looking animal, and was highly commended. Messrs Davies Co. exhibited a strong useful-looking horse, only throe years old, Duke of. Edinburgh by Banker. We regret that so few of this class of horses competed, but those that were shown were of good quality and made up, perhaps, somewhat fot the paucity of numbers. , Ip the class for the best mare in foal or with foal at foot, there were eight entries. Mr J. Gilmour’s grey mare-Jean, by Lord Glasgow, was a nice well-bred mare with foal at foot bj Kelvin. She -has all the qualities of a draught brood mare, with good action, and was well deserving of first place, which the judges accorded her. Messrs Gould and Cameron’s mare Nelly is a grand animal, and shows plenty of breeding ; her action is good, apd h|a plenty of quality. The judges gave hpr second prize. Messrs Wilkin and Carter had a very good mare with a nice foal. Mr Stoddart’s Grace, by Prince, is a wellbred mare, and secured a highly conimend. In the class for dry mares, Mr J. Gilmour took first hnnors with a grand mare Polly by Sir Colin Campbell. Mr W. r Stoddart’s Pride is also a well bred mare fit for any kind of farm work ; her action is good, and has plenty of strength ; she secured a second prize. Mr T. McDowell's Maggie was deservedly highly commended. For the best draught mare shown with two of her progeny, Mr Stoddart cook first honors with a very fine mare called , Gyp. For the beat mare or gelding suitable for a carrier’s cart up to 30cwt, there, were no less than seven entries. The horses wore all very good. The entry of the Borough Council was undoubtedly the best in the class, and took first prize with a nice gelding. For the filly class, foaled since July Ist, 1879, there werq; four nice looking animals entered. Mr, W. Stoddart again secured a first prizes with a splendid filly by Sir Colin Campbell. Mr Harris’s exhibit took place, and a nice well-bred filly by Prinop, Royal, bred by Mr T. Taylor, was com,-; mended. In class 5, for the best filly.; foaled since July Ist, 1880, there was only one entry, that of Mr G. Hamilton, which was ac -orded a first prize. For the j yearling filly class, there were three en»“ tries, but only two faced the judges. Mr Gilmour showed a nice animal by Prince.. Royal, which took first prize, Mr R. thews •securing the second prize with ay nice brown filly by Young Banter. For* the best gelding of any r age or class, there were seven entriss of first-class horses; ; Mr R. Millar took first honors with a fine, gelding, Mr John Gilmour again securing a second place with a splendid animal by,. Glenroy, Mr W. Jameson taking a highly-/ commended for another gelding by the,, same horse. Mr Hugh Smith was com? , mended for a well -made gelding by Pre-.., tender. For the best colt foaled since July Ist, Mr W. Stoddart exhibited a-, well made colt by Prince Royal. Mr , Gilmour’a exhibit was a fine well'; made bay colt, and took second; prize. A highly-commended was awarded. .’ to Mr J. Shearer for a bay colt by Victor. ; , Altogether the exhibits in this class were 1 very good. Mr D. Williamson’s Jock, by:,. Heather Jock, looked well, and no doubt was deserving of a prize. For the best,,., yearling draught colt Mr R. Matthews took first prize with a well-made bay colt by Young Banker. There were only four entries in this class. Mr J. W. Maidens- ~ took first honors for the best cart foal by Muir Lad. Messrs Wilkin and Carter also had a very good exhibit. Mr F. Benuison exhibited a splendid, well-

matched pair of draught horses, working together, and shown in harness, and secured a first prize. In Class X., for the best team of three, on the same conditions as the previous class, there were only two entries, but only one of them faced the judges, viz., :■ that of Mr Hugh Johnston. A first prize was awarded, as the horses were well • ■’ matched. For the best two-year-old colt or filly by Heather Jock, Mr G. Hamilton secured a first with a nice bay filly,:and for the best two-year-old colt or filly by Victor, Mr Shearer took first honors, and Mr R. Millar a highly commended •' for two very good exhibits. A. mistake . : was evidently made with regard to Messrs Davies and Co.’s Duke of Edinburgh, 1 which was entered in the wrong class. Had he been entered in class VII, for colts foaled since July Ist, 1879, we believe a first would have been awarded. With regard to the judging, we believe it to have given every satisfaction, but there was great delay on the part of exhibitors in bringing forward their exhibits into the ring. We have to thank Mr F. T. Mayo for his kindness in furnishing our representative with information in the draught horse classes. BLOOD STOCK. | We are unable to give the results of the judging in this class, owing to the results not coming in in time to the secretary, and the difficulty in finding out the ' various exhibits. PIGS. / For the best Berkshire boar, Mr O. > '

Digby swept the class, taking a first, second, and a commend. They were a ■ nice, lot of animals and a credit to the breeder, which, by the way, was Mr W. B. Clarkson. For the best sow, Mr O. Digby took first with a well bred animal by Gladstone, and also a second and a commend. There were six entries in this class.. 'Messrs Wilkin and Carter were commended for a nice exhibit, and Mr-O. Digby took again first and second prizes for the best boar of any breed. Mr G. T. Smith exhibited a well made sow, and " took second prize, Mr T. N. Digby taking first wiih a large framed sow of good quality. For the best pen of three porkers >Mr R Small took first honors. They were S bice evenly bred lot. Messrs Wilkin ’ ‘ and Carter took second prize with a very good pen, and Mr T. N. Digby was highly commended for a fair pen. DOGS. The dogs this year exceeded the number shown in 1881, being nearly half as many again. The class for best smooth-coated collie sheep dog brought out eight exhibits. Mr H. W. Strouta was the only scorer of a first prize, which he obtained for his Scamp, Mr J. Foreman securing a second award for his Flo. In the class for the best rough-coated collie sheep dog, Mr A. Jackson’s Rob is certainly descrying of the first place, and so thought the judges, for they awarded him a first, Mr S. Mullins’ Laddie taking a second, and Mr O. Digby’s Prince securing a com- ■ mended ticket.

POULTRY. ~0 In the dorking class, Mr Silcock took • first prize for a nice pair of dorkings. In the Brahma Pootra class Mr G. T. Smith took first prize for a nice even exhibit, and Master E. Tasker took second .place, with a very fair exhibit. in ; the, class for game fowls, Messrs ’.Wilkin and Carter took first prize ' with a splendid exhibit of black-breasted red. Tfie Spanish fowls were not of first- ' rate, quality. Mrs McConnell’s was highly commended. In the Polish class there 4 were four entries, the first prize falling to j. Mr. G. T. Smith, and the second to Mr J. * .Petmain. There was only one entry of .ebantams, namely, that of Mr Parkin, which secured a first prize. For H»mVbnrghs Mr T. M. Jones secured a first, ’ and Mr J. Remain a second. For barndoors Mr O. Digby took a first with a large pair ■of this breed. . Mrs Crosby first prize for the best pair of • fowls dressed ready for cooking. For 0 Aylesbury ducks the exhibits were very poor, and only a second prize was awarded to Mr J. M. Smith. For * Rouens the same exhibitor took hrst and second honors with very nice birds. Iniotber^kinds of ducks, Mrs Hill took -.fiyst, and-Mr O. .Digby second prize. In the class for geese there were only two Entries,' Mr Digby taking first, and Messrs Wilkin and Carter second for very fair exhistf.; ; M« mra Wilkin and Carter and Mr W. Simpson had it all their own way in the class for turkeys, they being the only exhibitors.

.-4 IMPLEMENTS. There was a slight falling off in the ~ number of implements as compared with those shown last year, but the quality was ..undeniable. 1 Messrs P. and D. Duncan the highest scorers, taking eight . first, five seconds, and two highly comj, mended tickets. Messrs Reid and Gray jtjhe.next on the list, with six first, fflconds, and one highly commended; George Booth and Sons, of Christf«h«toh, were also large prize-takers. l 'fherq .was, only , one entry for the beat three-furrow plough, and that by Messrs P. an 3D. Duncan, who took a first fp# li. F Tor best double-furrow lever .plough, an exhibit shown by Messrs Reid and Gray, which Secured first honors at Timarn the other day, only got a highly commended ticket. In the same class P. and D. Duncan secured a first and second. lor best single-furrow plough, only one exhibit Was shown, and that secured a first for Messrs Duncan, who also took a first .in best plough with sub-soiler cotnFor best grubber or scarifier, Reid and Gray took a first, and Messrs Duncin an ‘ highly commended. For the best set of heavy harrows JMr James Little took a first, and Messrs Duncan a second. For best sat light har- - rows, Messrs Poyntz and Go. took a first for a set of Haxton and Beattie’s *■!* flexible,” Mr Little taking a second. : best chain harrows, Mr James Little took a first. For best broad-cast grain or •eed sower, Messife Duncan got a first. For best drill for corn or seeds, Messrs Andrews and Sevan took a first, and Messrs. Reid and Gray a second. For beat, field roller, Messrs Duncan obtained: a first award. For best clod-crusher, Messrs Duncnn took a first, Messrs Reid, and Grey a second. For best mowing machine, Messrs Reid and Gray took a first, and another for the best horse-rake. For, best horse hoe, Mr Nprrish, of Waterton, teok a first, Mr James Little a second, and Messrs P. and D. Duncan a highly eommended. For best potatoe-digger, Messrs Kelsey' Bros., the sole exhibitors, took a first.

CARTS, BRATS, 810,

There was a nice exhibition of farm drays, carta, buggies, etc. For the best farm dray, Messrs Reid and Gray took a firit and second for a couple of well-made tod'substantial drays, Messrs G. Booth and Son showing a dray that took a highly commended, although in the opinion of some present the exhibit was entitled to better recognition. For the best farm Cart Messrii Booth tbbk a firist for a well-. finished article, and Messrs P. and D. Duncan scored a second. The latter; firm .. also secured a first for a town j carrier’s cart, weighing 12£ cwt. Messrs Baker and Brown took a wellmerited first for an excellent Whitechapel cirti -a speciality of the firm’s, Messrs Elz Bros, taking a second. Messrs Street -Bros, took a first award for the best single buggy of New Zealand manufacture, fiXessra Baker and, Brown taking a second. ' Owing to the number of exhibits we are compelled to hold over . the “ extras,” dairy’ produce, etc., until to-morrow.

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A. & P. ASSOCIATION’S ANNUAL SHOW., Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 800, 23 November 1882

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A. & P. ASSOCIATION’S ANNUAL SHOW. Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 800, 23 November 1882

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