Splendid weather prevailed on Saturday afternoon, affording some compensation for the boisterous gales that incommoded the Hussars during the most of the week they had spent under canvas at Tahuna Park. There was, in consequence, a large attendance at the sports, and hundreds more would doubtless have been present but for the inspection which was taking place at the racecourse at the same time.
The sports were set down to commence at one o’clock. The first event on the programme was the Hobson Gup mounted competition, for two teams of twelve troopers each, who were set down to muster in drill order and go through the sword exercise, pursuing practice at the gallop, and dismounted practice. Some of the Oamaru men having left the camp on Saturday morning, thin event could not be carried out as proposed ; but so as to keep faith as far as possible with the public a dozen troopers under Lieutenant Robin formed at the bottom oi the ground, cantered to the front of the tent, and went through the sword exercise. This was done in such a manner as to earn the commendation of the commanding officer, who expressed himself pleased at finding a scratch team displaying a high degree of proficiency. Cutting the orange was the next trial on the programme, and for this seventeen men competed. For the first time here the English plan was followed of having two oranges suspended from gallows at the height of a mounted man’s shoulder, competitors to ride up at full speed and make a cut to the right for the first, and a cut to the left for the second orange, the points being three for each clean cut, and eight for two. Some of the men made but indifferent attempts, but the majority rode up at » smart pace, and once out of twice cut either the orange or the string. The scores made were—Lance-corporal Andrews, 6 points ; Sergeant Morris, 6 points ; Trooper Shaw, 3 points; Trooper W. R. Allan, 3 points; Trooper Price, 3 points; Trooper Lomas, 2 points; Sergeant Allan, 1 point. The two first-named making a tie, conpeted again, when Lance-corporal Andrews made 3 points, while his opponent failed to score. The other competitors were—Corporal Garrow, Sergeants M‘Donald and Burnside, and Troopers H, Allan, Hyams, Stronach, Ross, Gallie, Nimmo, and Gillies. In the next event the competitors were furnished with sticks, and came forth in pairs, each man endeavoring to knock the plume from his adversary’s helmet. Trooper Ross distinguished himself by an act of magnanimity. He knocked the stick from his opponent’s hand as soon as they engaged, bat forebore to follow up his advantage, and was afterwards vanquished. The best swordsmanship was shown by Troopers Shaw, W. R. Allan, and Gillies, and the competition resulted as under: — FIRST ROUND. Winner, Loser. Trooper Shaw Trooper S ronach Trooper W. R. Allan Trooper Rots Trooper Gillies Trooper Stewart. SECOND BOUND. Trooper Shaw Trooper Allan Trooper GUUes, a bye. FINAL BOUND. Trooper Shaw Trooper Gillies, The Hurdle Race was a disappointing affair in that four of the seven starters—Trooper Sidey’s Telegram, Trooper Stewart’s Captain Coleman, Trooper Muldrew’s Nollame, and „ Corporal Cumine’s Black Bess—ran round the first hurdle. Trooper Wise’s Colonel fell at the second hurdle, and the race was then left to Trooper Christie’s Blackbird and Trooper W. Allan's Glen. The last-named ran off at the last hurdle, and Blackbird cantered in alone. Glen was a bad second. Trooper Wise escaped with a few scratches. The tent-pegging afforded good sport, most of the men showing excellent work with the lance. Trooper Palmer was the only man to actually carry the peg away on the point of his lance, bat several of the others scored by striking it. The result was—Trooper Palmer, 8 points; Sergeant Allan, 4; Sergeant Burnside, Troopers Shaw and Stewart, 2 points each. There were eleven competitors. For the horse race on the flat seven started —viz.. Sergeant Morris’s Patrick, Trooper Green’s Dairy Boy, Trooper Hyams’s Black Angel, Trooper Sidey’s Telegram, Trooper Gillies’s Myrtle, Trooper Cullen’s Winifred, and Trooper Muldrew’s Qaery also ran. Patrick made the running and won in a canter, Dairy Boy (a son of Le Loup) being unable through want of training to stay the distance. It was in this race that the accident occurred to Trooper Cullen, as related on Saturday. Only two teams entered for the tug-of-war—the Permanent Artillery and the Hussars. The result was doubtful for only 1 a little while, the Artillery being manifestly the stronger of the two teams. In the Trotting Race the starters were Trooper Green’s Alice Grey (20sec), Trooper Taggart’s Pirate (scratch). Trumpet-major Feltham’s Matthew (12aeo), Sergeant Morris’s Coaoher (12sec), Trooper Taggart’s Sandy (17seo), Trooper Gallic’s Marriby (20seo), Corporal Munro’s Caddy (20seo), Trooper Wise’s Colonel (25sec), Farrier Clarke’s Emma (25sec), and Trumpeter Christie’s Silky (25sec). Alice Grey won very easily, the only one to approach
Tier being Pirate, who made a gallant though ■unsuccessful effort to catch her.
The Rescue Race (under fire) was won by Troopers Palmer and Stewart, after an ex•citing tussle with Troopers Pris and Allan and Corporal Garrow and Trooper Nimmo. The sports were conducted under the direct supervision of Sergeant-major Park, Sergeant Morris, and Corporal Ross, who worked hard to make the tournament What it was, an undoubted success. Lieutenant Robin had control of the naftip, and in this capacity exercised a general supervision of affairs. Captain Stomach was on the ground, and occasionally visited the camp at other times during the week to see that everything was in order, but had been advised by the doctor that be must not reside continuously at the camp. To those in charge of the sports vve are indebted for the ordinary courtesies to our reporter.
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MILITARY SPORTS., Evening Star, Issue 8049, 28 October 1889
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