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The splendid exhibit of draught stock was, as las'- year, one of the chief characteristics of the show, the laurels of the district being well maintained both as regards the number and quality of the entries. Of entires of any age out of an entry of eight five faced the judges as follows, viz., Vanquisher, Diplomacy, Prince Imperial, Kelvin, Young Castlereagh. They were all paraded' in'grand fettle, and all had their admirers, though from the first there was little doubt as to those which would be placed by the judges. _ Vanquisher, shown by Mr J. Small, is by Young Vanquisher, dam Tibbie, by Prin»e Royal, and is a Btrong upstanding dark bay, well feathered, with fine crest and forehand, stands 17h., and is six years old. Diplomacy, shown by Mr D. McKendry, a rich dark bay with white hind feet, wiih. plenty of hair, is of the same age and height, and nil round a handsome horse. He is by Lord Beaconsfield, his dam Pleasant, by Prince Charlie, imported. • Prince Imperial, shown by Mr, J. 0 Shea, by Royal Conqueror, dam Kate, by Major (imp.) is a handsome, nuggety horse, 4 years, standing 16 hands, a chestnut with white feet, and looks as though he could sire good useful plough stock, Mr Gilmour's Kelvin, a well-linown hero of the prize ring, is too well-known to heed description, and. we never saw him looking better. He has a very shapely head with fine crflst and forehand, and stands 16h. 2|in. He is in grand fettle this season. "Young Caatlereagh, shown by Mr G. Tnifc, by Lord Castlereagh, dam, Bonnie Doon (imp.) made his appearance at Ashburton for the first timo, having last year been travelling in Mackenzie Country. He is an aged horse, 'a dappled bay of 16h., a powerful handsome horso likely to prove an acquisition to the district. Conqueror, by Lord; Salisbury, entered by Mr T. Langley, did not put in an appearance owing we understand, to his having met with an accident which temporarily laid him up. Mr Spring's entry Young Major, and Mr Wheelhand's Young Taieri Tom also' failed to put in ao appearance. After a careful examination the red'ticket was awarded to Diplomacy, Kelvin taking second, and, Vanquisher third honors. In three-year-old entries two were led into the ring, Mr R. Clark's Banker's Hero being the absentee. He is unfortunately suffering from an attack of stiangles, and was consequently unable to put in an appearance. Those shown were Mr N. Fitzgerald's Emperor, by General Gordon—dam Jess by f^lenroy, an upstanding dark bay 16 hands 2 inches, bred at Doyleston; and Mr M. Friedlander's Young New Style, by New Style—dam Glenny, a lisfht bay, bred in the district by Mr McKendry. He is a very bandsome light bay, 16 £ hands, of splendid temper. He secured first honors, Emperor coming off with second prise ticket, jOf brood mares there was the finest ring ever shown in Ashburton, in fact for the number (thirteen) we nevpr saw a finer lot in the colony. They were simply grand—Mr W. Jameson of Wakanui showing two, Bell in foal to Kelvin, and Maggie in foal to Vanquisher, Mr P. Cunningham, Ohristchurch, his mare Bess, Mr J. Small three, Nanny by Emperor with foal by Vanquisher, Polly by Kelvin, and Miss Palmer by Lord Salisbury, the two latter in foal to Vanquisher, Mr N. G. Stoddart, two, Grace by Prince Royal—dam Polly by Major, and Gipsy by Major, Messrs Clark Bros. Missy^ in foal to Conqueror, Flower in foal to King of the Vanquisher, and Floss with foal at foot by Springbank; Mr T. Taylor, Molly, by Clansman, bred by Mr, E. Menlove, and Mr J. Grigg, Daisy, in foal to Sir William "Wallace. Very great interest was shown by a large number of spectators in this grand display of matrons, and the placing for honors occupied the judges a long time^ their duties on this occasion showing great care and study. Eventually the pride of place fell to Mr Small's Polly, Mr Jameson's Bell being accorded second honors, Mr Cunningham's Bess third, and Mr Jameson's Maggie fourth place. The next class (mares with two of progeny) brought out six competitors, Mr Taylor showing "Molly " with two-year-old and yearling fillies ; Mr W. J. Stoddart "Polly," "Gipsy," and "Fanny," and Messrs Clarke Bros. " Missy" and " Floss." The quality of the whole ring was of a high order, and the judges differing, Mr Murdoch was called in to their assistance, and the award of honors was declared as follows, viz.: First prize, Mr Stoddart's Polly, and same exhibitor's Gipsy; highly commended, Clarke Bros. Missy ; commended same exhibitor's Floss.

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DRAUGHT HORSES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2558, 31 October 1890

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DRAUGHT HORSES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2558, 31 October 1890