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After a hearty luncheon had been partaken of, under the caro and attendance of Miss Essie Butler,; the President, Mr D. Thomas, proposed the loyal, and patriotic toasts, which were heartily responded to, and after Major Steward had acknowledged " Parliament Past," and Mr Purnell '" Parliament Future," the President gave "The Judges," to which Messrs Gould and Haydon replied, the latter stating that the sheep, both pure and crossbred, would compare with the best in the colony. Mr W. Studholme proposed " the Marshals," to which Mr Duncan Cameron responded. '"The Exhibitors " was proposed by Mr Leadley, who dwelt upon the particular excellence of the horses shown, which would compare with any in the colony. Mr JVC. N. Grigs; responded, and proposed the toast of '"the Press. ' SHEEP. Tfc is a matter for regret that there is still so little competition in the sheep classes. Merino sheep were entirely unrepresented, and in a majority of the other classes the entries were all from one exhibitor, Thus it is by no means certain that some of the classes were at ;ill representative of the best of the breed in the country. Lincolns were very good as far as breeding was concerned, but some of them ■were very much out of condition. Mr Stud'aolme's first prize ram Was a really fine specimen of the breed, but was at the disadvantage just mentioned. lie was bred by Mr C. Withell. Mr Stringfellow's was a somewhat coarser 'sheep. The ram hoggets shown by Mr M. Friedlander were in far better condition than their opponents, and being of very good frame and very heavily woolled they took the three awards. Mr T. N. Digby and Mr Studholme were well represented in this class, but their entries bore traces of low condition. In the ewe classes also Mr Friedlander's exhibits showed to similar advantage compared with those of the other competitors.

English Loicssters were, with the exception of one pen, all from the flock of Mr J. Bonifant. Mr Bonifant's sheep are well known as good specimens of the purest style of the breed, and this season they seem to have done particularly well, being in good healthy condition of body, and with wool in fair order considering the dryness of the weather since last shearing. The first prize aged ram was bred by Hon. E. Gray, and was a particularly well-proportioned sheep. The others were of Mr Bonifant's own breeding. Five firsts and four seconds, besides other tickets fell to Mr Bonifant's lot.

Border Leicesters were few in number, but of fair quality. Mr Grigg was alone in the ram classes, taking first and second in each, and Mr M. Friedlander showed the only ewe which gained a first.

Downs are usually sin important section at this Show, and this year a, good selection was again entered, though Southdowns had only one representative, a very nice owe shown by Mr It. B. .lefts. Hampshires were a splendid lot, and Mr M. Fried lander held undisputed sway in this variety. His sheep maintain their distinctive character for weight of both and fleece, together with the greatest desid.eratioti of the present day— early maturity; Four firsts and three seconds were awarded to them, and a notable point in connection with these sheep is their uniform excellence, there being very Ut.tle falling off noticeable between the fißsfc prise and the following pen?. Shropshires were fairly good, want of condition being here again manifest, and one or two showed some variation from the most generally accepted type. Mr J* Grigg's ram hoggets were good sized, shapely sheep and well woolled, find got first and second prizes. One pen of ewes, shown by Mr T. E. Upton, were very pretty sheep and received first prize unopposed. The final prize for the best Down ewe with lamb went to one of Mr Friedlander's Hampshires. > A grand lot of crossbred sheep were shown—the best ever seen here. Mr J. Stringfellow's hoggets by Lincoln rams from merino ewes would be hard to beat anywhere, and the Chatmoss threequarter bred hoggets for weight and quality of mutton and wool were ■magnificent sheep, showing the excellent results of oats and chaff during the past bad winter for grass. For Messrs Miles and Co.'s prize for three-quarter bred hoggets—Mr W. Strange, Riversdale also showed a very fine pen, and another good pen of its kind was disqualified for not being bred as' specified. Mr Lyttelton's prize for hoggets by long-woolled rams brought out four capital pens, the prize going to the heaviest, Mr T. N. Digby's pure or nearly pure Lincolns. Mr Friedlander's big Hampshires carried off the prize for hoggets by Down rams without opposition; and crossbreds of any breed saw the same owner again to the front in ! a very strong class, the Chatmoss sheep coming lioxt. ■ Fatsheep were of wonderful weight and quality. Merinos were represented only by a very fine pen of wethers, bred by Hon. W. S. Peter, and finished off by Mr J. Bonifant, Mr Stringfellow's Lincolnmerino crosses took the honors in the half-bred wether class, and Mr Friedlander's Hampshire crosses swept the board in classes for. crossbred wethers by Down rams, and those of unrestricted breed. The Loan and Mercantile prizes for "freezers" grazed by bona fide fanners went to Mr J. M. Smith, Flemington, for a very suitable pen. Mr Friedlander's Hampshire lambs were unopposed, but could scarcely be beaten at " weight-for-age." DRAUGHT HORSES. In dry mares of any age there was a good ring of five, Mr J. Gilmour having two representatives, and Messrs P. Cunningham, J. Small, and W. J. Stoddart one each. A magnificent three-year-old bay mare, shown by Mr Cunningham, and bred by Mr John 1 Sutton, Southland, was the theme of general admiration, showing great bone and substance, ond being one of the handsomest mares of her age we ever saw. Mr Small's Fanny, awarded first prize last year also came out in. capital form, and, the judges differed as to which should be, placed first. Mr Murdoch's services, were again called into requisition, and the red ticket, Ayas »warded to Mr Cunningham, My Small's Fanny second, Mr Gilinour's, Bell highly 'commanded. Of tfirge-yeur-old fillies; there were tiv©

led into the ring, Mr Cunningham having two representatives, aifd Messrs Clarke Bros., J. Shearer, ard J. Crossan one each. First honors again fell to Mr Cunningham for the same mare as in the previous class, second to Mr Shearer for Marchioness of Lome by Lord Lome (iutp). ; highly commended, Mr P. Cunningham,

Of two-year-old fillies there was the same number, shown by Mr T. Taylor, Mr J. Gilmour, Mr G. W. Body, Mr W. J. Sfcoddart, and Mr M. Millar—a promising lot. The red ticket was carried off by Mr Taylor's Mary, by Young Banker dam Molly ; Mr Body's chestnut filly by Vanquisher, dam Darling, second; Mr Stoddart's Dolly by Vanquisher, dam Polly, highly commended. Eight yearling fillies faced the judges, three by Vanquisher, two by Lord Lornu, ! and one each sired by Conqueror, Prince j Imperial; and Diplomacy, a very good lot. First honors were awarded to Mr Stoddart's Duchess by Prince Imperial, dam Fanny; Mr, Small's filly by Vanquisher out of a mare by Lord Salisbury second ; Mr Boyle's filly by Vanquisher, dam Till by Bide-a-wee highly commended. Mr Stoddart's Duchess 1 was also awarded Mr Small's special prize of a guinea for best yearling filly on the ground. Of geldings of any age there was a magnificent ring of fourteen, Mr J. Grigg and Mr W. J. Stoddart sending three each, Mr J. Gilmour, Messrs Clarke Bros, and Mr J. Small two each, and M^ W. Jamieson and Mr J. Strachan one each. Altogether the grandest lot ; - ever put together in the Ashburton yard, and such as it would be hard to match and almost impossible to beat anywhere. After a long and careful comparison the judges awarded the tickets as,follows :—First, Mr J. Strachan's Glen ; second, Mr W. Jamieson's Jim ; highly commended. Mr J. t Grigg's Bob ; commended, same., exhibitor's Harry, the judges remarking that they had never seen so fine a rinse of geldings in the colony. ; Of three-year-old geldings out of an entry of four, three faced the judges, Mr J. Stoddart's Esau by Prince Imperial, Mr T. Hurley's Dawn by Early Morning, and Mr S. Brown's Robin by Kelvin. A very good triplet, the red ticket being carried off by Dawn, sind second honors by Robin, Esau highly commended. The next class, two-year-old geldings, brought out four competitors, Mr Small and Mr Body showing one each, and Mr J. Gilmour two. A handsome quartette, among which Mr Small's Geordie by* Vanquisher secured first place, : Mr Gilmour's gelding by Johnny's Fancy second, the same exhibitor obtaining a commended for a son of Kelvin.

Of yeatling colts or geldings there was again a quartette, promising looking youngsters. The red ticket went to Mr Small's Fleniington by Vanquisher, second prize to Mr A. Thompson for a son of Diplomacy, and a highly commended to Mr Gilmour for Wallace by the, same sire. Mr Heseltine's special prize, a head collar value £1, for best two-year-old filly or gelding was awarded to Mr T. Taylor's filly Mary. Mr Sniall'a special prize of one guinea for jbest yearling draught colt went to Mr A. Thompson's colt by Diplomacy ; Mr Patching's prize, a ho/se cover, for bess yearling cole or filly to Mr Stoddart't Duchess, to which also was awarded Mr McKendry's prize of a guinea for beat yearling draught colt or filly on the ground, and Mr McKendryte prize of a guinea for best draught'colt or filly by Diplomacy to a colt shown by Mr A. Thompson. Mr O'Shea's for best foal by Prince Imperial was awarded to Mr John Boyle.

In Class 68—Mares or geldings suitable for carriers' carts—there was a good exhibit of five, among which Mr A. W. Randall's exhibit secured premier place, Mr T. Crooks second.

Of teams of two there was a grand display, Mr Stoddart, Mr Gilmour, arid Clarke Bros, sending two each, and Messrs J. Grigg and J. Small one each. This was a splendid class, the honors being awarded as follows, viz. :—First t< Mr J. Grigcr for a grand pair of greys, Harry and Bob ; second, Mr J. Gilmour, Bob and Charlie ; highly commended, Mr W. J. Stoddart's Farmer aud Rock.

Four teams of three next paraded, the exhibitors being Mr J. Small, Mr W. J. Stoddart, Mr J. Gilmour, and Messrs Clarke Bros. A magnificent lot, honors being awarded as follows, viz. :—First prize, Mr J. Small; second, Mr Stoddart (Rock, Fanny, and Clyde) ; highly commended, Mr J. Gilmour.

This finished the judging of the draught stock, the work of the judges being a very arduous one and occupying until 5.30 p.m. !Not only were the exhibits very numerous, but in nearly all sections of splendid quality, indeed it was admitted by competent judges that take it all round the show of draughts was the finest ever brought together at one time in any show yard in the colony. Almost all the principal owners and breeders of draught stock in the district, besides others from a distance, were well represented, and we were pleased to notice that the good stock formerly owned by Clarke Brothers has not been taken out of the county, Mr B. Clarke having secured from Mr Evans, who was a purchaser at the sale of the' late firm's stock, four geldings and one mare, all former prize-takers, all of which made their appearance am*ng the day's i exhibits. Mr Clarke would have shown j m«re extensively but for the unfortunate circumstance that he has some six horses ill with i strangles, among them the promising young entire, "Banker's Hero.' BLOOD STOCK. The entry of thoroughbreds was small but good. Johnny Faulkner was alone in the stallion classy and of course Mr Markey's splendid horse took first prize.' No two nor three-year-old colts came forward. Three brood mares paraded. Miss Kate, known to fame as the dam of the racehorses Antelope, Sultan and Prime Warden, had not foaled, and looked well, her quality being undeniable. Tasmania with a most promising filly foal hj Johnny Faulkner at foot, has grown into a fine mare, with more substance than Miss Kate, but with a rather thick and short neck. The third entry was Brigantine imported from Victoria, and said to be by Smuggler, but in appearance scarcely thoroughbred; a big roomy mare with not a very robust looking foal at foot by Mambrino Mac, Tasmania was rightly placed first, but Miss Kate should have superseded the plain-looking Brigantine. In yearling colts Mr Markey's Johnny Martin, a big strong ten months old son of Johnny Faulkner was first, Mr Gates' colt by Le Loup from Miss Kate-^small but full of quality—coming next, and Mr S. Brown's St. John by Johnny Faulkner from j Zephyr, bought hy Mr Brown at the last j Netherby Lodge sale, and appearing to have done none too well since, was commended. The only filly shown was the very nice two-year-old by Johnny Faulkner from Miss Kate, now the property of Mr J. Grigg. The heading "carriage horses" was scarcely applicable to most of the entries under it. Whatever the excellencies of the American trotting stock which were in the majority in the classes under notice—they scarcely conform to the points of the typical carriage horse, and satisfaction will never be given while two such dissimilar styles of horses as those going back to the English thoroughbred, and those of American descent are judged JijPgetJier. The judges: an this occasion apparently prefered the type suited to the buggy to that required for the broughanj, and distributed the awards* accordingly. The American b,red Blackwood Abdallah, looking better than ever, and moving beautifully, was placed first in nreferenw

to his old opponent and conqueror, the handsome Rouser, who also looked particularly well, but would not show his usual paces in the ring. Bobbie Burns, a new-comer to the district, showing something of the Cleveland Boy style, was commended. For two-year-old colts MrM. Friedlander's very stylish Duncan Black wood, whose name indicates his parentage, was placed before Mr Grigg's son of Blackwuod Abdallah, a much better-grown colt, but quite green, though a couple of years may see him turn the tables on his prasent conqueror. The ■somewhat enigmatic conditions attached to Mr E. F. Wright's gift of a truck of lime brought out five very useful-looking msives of the half-draught order, any of which might be as likely as the prizetaker to produce the desired progeny. A neat roan Blackwood Abdallah"was pre-; I ferrcd to an upstanding Digby Graud in the two-year-old colt class. In yearling colts, the winner. Mr .Randall's Kingfisher colt, had fair quality, but Mr M. Millar's colt by the same sire, and Mr- T. Digby's tine chestnut by Perkin Warbeck IT. were by many considered preferable. The awards for two-year-old fillies were also at variance with the opinions of many, some estimating the merits of the three competitors to inverse order to that in which the judges placed them. The prize-taker, Mr J. Shearer's filly, also carried off Mr Friedlander's prize for the best two-year-old by his horse from a ring of very nice representatives of "standard-bred" blood, Mr Friedlandcr's own colt not being a competitor. Mr D. Brick's pair of buggy, ponies were unopposed. The champioa trotting ihare, Calista, distanced her opponents in the buggy class, Mr W. Rollitt's nice movercomirig next. Mr E. Cookson showed a good sort by Kingfisher. The judging of the dogcart horses was- provocation of some heartburning. Dr Leahy's Herkins, a stout, useful, roan gelding, got first prize, Mr J. McDowell's Sybil, a nice-actloned mare with good power, was next and the Laghmor gelding, Dexter, more stylish and better quality than either, but lighter, was commended, and here again many would have reversed the order of the three. In fourteen stone hacks the Secretary of the Association was first with a good grey M'ell up to the weight. The ten stone division was a strong one, but the well-known race-horse, Doubtful, hud a great pull in style and condition and was deservedly placed first. Union Jackj ,also a racerwinner, was soft in condition, but gofc second, and Mr Stoddart's General and Mr Hardy's Larry were given reserve tickets. The awards here also excited some criticism. Only three ladies' hacks came forward, and the judges placed them in the opposite way to general opinion. Lyndbora, who was the judges' | choice, is a big awkward looking mate that behaved herself well in the crowd, and that is the best that can be said for her. Thfo ex-racer, Temuka, who was rather excitable, was second ; and Mr A. -Hewson's Toby, with the best manner and best paces of the trio, was passed over. Three good cobs were shown, and Mr Rollitt's black, which was only commended, was generally preferred to the ? other friyo, though a slightly puffed leg was against him. Mr J. Casa' Taipo carried off the 14st. hunter's prize from Lyudoora, and Miss Saunders' sterling little horse, Lewis, was at the head of the light brigade. It was.matter.for surprise that in such a hunting district as this only three entries in each class were received. Master Scott's Ali Baba again assorted his superiority among the entire ponies, and a very nice lot of saddle ponies were shown. Master Orr's Prince, which wpn in the fourteen hands class, it should be mentioned did not compete for Messrs J, Orr and Co.'s prize for the best pony on the ground. The jumping of the hunters was a great attraction, but the Leaping Match over the bar was nqitjper .exciting ncr interesting. Mr Helmore's Silo, last year's winnor, was again successful, beating four opponents. HORSESHOEING. The horse shoeing competition was an interesting one, and Mr Peter Duncan, of the well known firm in Christchurch, was pressed into the service as a judge, in addition to Mr J. Marshall (Leeston), Mi T. Whitta acting as referee. Mr Duncan had a high name in Scotland as a shoei before he left to make his home in New Zealand/ and ought therefore to be a judge to swear by. Mr Brick was Marshall in the class, and from the open manner in which both marshalling and judging was done there was no room left for complaint. Oufc of ten well shod hacks—"well" is not enough to say, for the shoeing was nearly perfect all through—three were chosen for honor, Mr Rogers getting first, Mr Kidd second, and Mr J. H. Stephens highly commended. No better shod hooff than those of the winners could have been wished. In the draught shoeing the chief honor went to Mr McConneil, oi Wheatstone, the second to "Mr J. H. Stephens, of Aahburton, and a commended and highly commended to Messrs G. Kidd and J. Rogers. PIGS. Of the pigs, the most hypercritical onlooker could say little that was not complimentary. True, the entry was not large, but the quality of the pigs shown was first class. Several names were missing from the catalogue, one would have wished to see upon it, but the pigs shown carried the blood of strains that have been shown in these pens before Mr Randall showed "Penhill," by Sir Modred, out of Mr James Rowe's Blue Bell, Penhill bred by Mr T. Clarkson. He was shown in excellent fettle, and got first prize. Mr W. Wills, in the class for young boars, got first prize for Black Prince, a nicely shaped pig, at»d a sow, bred by D'Auvergne Bros ,~, and shown by Mr Randall was placed first, beating Pride of. the. North, another pedigree lady from' the D'Auvergne sty. In young sows, Mr Bramley showed four, but the fifth entry, Mr W. Wills', gained the red ticket, three of Mr Bramley's exhibits being placed. There were no Yorkshire entries, and in porkers Mr . Bramley's two pens of three were placed first and second—all Berkshires. Mr Wills' special entry Titty, received a highly commended. SMALL BIRDS. Seven entries, representing a large number of heads and eggs, were made, the winners being W. C. Smith, first, and R. Croy, second. EXTRA EXHIBITS. But perhaps the machine round which most interest centred was the Wofcseley sheep shearing machine, the first that had been seen in the Ashburton show yard, or indeed anywhere wichin many miles of it. The machine was entered by Mr Melville Gray, of Timaru. and was shown in full work. The sheep shorn were turned out closely shaven, and as the shears act pretty much in the same way as the shears of a horse clipper, or the knives of a reapiilg machine, the gashing of a sheep's pelt, so frequent under the hands of a shearer with the old shears is next to impossible. The manipulation of the machine is very easily acquired, and a novice at shearing may master it in a week or so.

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THE LUNCHEON., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2559, 1 November 1890

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