(SUPPLEMENT) THE WEEKLY MERCURY 1
HAWKE’S BAY AGRICULTURAL AND PASTORAL SOCIETY’S SHOW.
The Hawke’s Bay Agricultural and Pastoral Society, that took a fresh lease of life last year, has exhibited no less vigor this season, and the Show, that was held on Thursday was one of which in every respect the Society might well be proud. The position the Society holds at the present time is second to no other association of its kind in New Zealand. It is fully carrying out the objects the members have kept steadily in view; its shows are attracting increased attention, which is shown by the large number of visitors who annually come here, and it is gratifying to know that these visitors take away with them the highest opinion of our stock, of the capabilities of the country, and the enterprise of our settlers.
The Show of 1877, that was held on Wednesday and Thursday last, was in no way inferior to that of last year, and, in some respects, was superior. For instance, the number and quality of Merino sheep exceeded all previous exhibitions of the kind in Hawke’s Bay, the entries showing, in a marked degree, the result of the care and attention that have been paid to this breed during the past few years. The long-wools, however, formed the chief feature of the Show, as might have been expected from the vast areas of country that have been brought to a condition which enables those breeds to be kept with the greatest advantage. The total number of sheep entered was 221, of which no less than 122 were Lincolns; 31 Cotswolds; 67 Merinos, and 1 Leicester. Unfortunately, the Cotswold classes were not represented as fully as it was hoped and expected they would be, owing to the absence of Mr J. D. Canning’s sheep, which had been kept back, we regret to hear, through their owner having recently sustained a family affliction. It was Mr Canning who introduced the Cotswold breed into this province, and his original flock still stands at the head of its class. The value of the breed has long been recognized, and there are now many small flocks of Cotswolds that have been bred up from selections from the best breeders in England. With regard to the Lincolns that were exhibited, it was noteworthy that the first and second prizes were carried off by the Hon H.R. Russell, to whom the credit is due of having been the first in this province to wrest the honors [honours] from the Ahuriri plain flocks, that have for so long a period carried all before them. The ewes, in all classes of Lincolns, were remarkably good, and showed an improvement on those of last year; the rams, however, taken as a whole, did not quite come up to those of the previous Show. Messrs Coleman and McHardy again won the Champion Cup for the best longwoolled ewe.
The show of horses was exceedingly good, but it would have been much better had not a singular fatality attached itself to many of the horses that were intended to be exhibited. Quite recently Mr Ormond has lost by death two magnificent draught colts; Mr Wellwood lost a fine foal out of his draught mare that took first prize last year; and Mr Sutton lost a Kingfisher foal, and also its mother; Mr Giblin’s light-weight carrying hack, “Midnight” that was awarded a prize at the last Show, met with an accident early this week, by which his legs were so cut about by a wire fence as to preclude him from exhibition. In addition to these misfortunes, the lessened the number of the exhibits, Mr. A. McLean’s thorough-bred imported horses “Mute,” “Jav’lin,” and “Arab Child,” were withheld from the Show, for a reason which, we think, might have been overcome by some slight give-and-take arrangement with the Committee. To prevent disappointment, however, these magnificent animals were paraded outside the Show ground, and commanded a large amount of attention. Messrs Watt and Farmer were the principal winners in the thoroughbred stock, those gentlemen having sent to the ground a collection of splendid animals. The draught horses were numerously represented, and were extremely good, but the show of hacks was superior to anything of the kind seen in Hawke’s Bay.
The show of cattle, if not large, was sufficient to exhibit the quality of many of our best herds. There were some grand animals in the yards, and the young stock spoke highly for the progeny of the valuable animals that have been imported into the province.
Pigs and poultry were not largely represented, Messrs Ormond, Baldwin, and Merritt being the only exhibitors of the former. The fowls, though there were not many of them, were very hand-some, and valuable birds.
The exhibition of agricultural implements was much better than in former years, and afforded evidence of the growth of an industry that for too long a period has been neglected. Messrs Boylan and Co., of Napier, were the largest exhibitors, having placed on the ground £400 worth of imported implements of the best makers. This firm carried off the Champion Cup, besides several first prizes. The show of Napier made carriages formed a pleasing feature in this part of the Society’s ground. Two years ago this industry was in its infancy, but Mr G. Faulkner and Mr Vinsen have within this short period abundantly proved that there is no occasion to go out of the province for any description of carriage, from a farm dray, to a ladies brougham.
Miscellaneous provincial produce chiefly showed itself in a collection of some fine examples of butter, the judges of which must have had no little difficulty in deciding which should be awarded the prize. Mr McVay exhibited a really excellent assortment of his own-made saddles and harness, and Mr Sterry’s entries in these lines where of very considerable merit. In this same booth, a large slab of clear solid ice attracted attention; it was the product of Messrs Gilberd & Co’s ice machine lately imported by Mr H.S. Tiffen. The same firm also showed a “trophy” of cordials, the contents of many of the bottles being frozen. Messrs Mitchell and Beatson, and Mr R.P. Williams, exhibited a few bales of scoured wool, and our local brewers were not without representation.
Amongst the Extra Exhibits we should not forget to mention Mr H. Williams’ Colonial ovens; these were admirable specimens of workmanship, and evinced, perhaps, more than anything that was shown of local manufacture the strides that have been made in the supply of the wants of a growing community. Mr Williams also showed wire strainers and other specimens of wire work that, on a previous occasion we have referred to. Mr J. Hannay’s box of assorted soap, mottled and yellow, and Messrs Highley and Sons samples of tanned leather were pleasing evidence of industries, which merely require to be encouraged to save a large amount of money from being sent out of the district for articles that can well be supplied at home. Mr McGlashan had, at the corner of the booth, a stack of well made bricks, and Messrs Parker & Co., showed an assortment of horse shoes, the workmanship of which could not have been excelled. Messrs Boyce and Fail well deserved the first prize that was awarded them for their cheese vats and tubs.
With the above remarks we are reluctantly compelled to close our notices of the exhibits, but we feel that we have by no means exhausted the subject, or done justice to it. Our space, however, is too limited to extend our remarks, which we will bring to a close by noticing the appearance of the ground, and with a short reference to the dinner which took place at night at the Criterion Hotel.
The popularity of the Hawke’s Bay Agricultural and Pastoral Society was abundantly proved by the large assemblage of persons that visited the Show ground at Hastings. The weather was splendid, and the day being observed as a public holiday, the town of Napier put its shutters up, and the inhabitants went into the country. From an early hour the road to Hastings was lined with carriages and horsemen, while the trains, which ran every hour, were crowded. By three o’clock in the afternoon, there were estimated, from the tickets sold at the gate, to be over 2,000 people on the ground, a very considerable proportion of whom consisted of the fair sex. When the total population of the district is taken into consideration this number represents a very large crowd indeed, and was certainly larger than at any former Show that has been held by the Society. The ground was laid off as last year, and the arrangements of the Committee, and the performance of the arduous work devolving on its members, were deserving of all praise. Nothing was omitted, and the smallest details, attention to which goes so far to make a Show a success, were carried out with the greatest care. In the way of refreshment the public had no reason to complain. Mr Johnson, of Hastings-street, had two large booths on the ground, in which an excellent repast could be obtained, and the table spread for the Judges, and for a few of the distinguished guests who were present, was the most elegant display we have seen under canvas. The band of the Napier Artillery Volunteers performed during the day, and enlivened the proceedings by playing inspiriting airs. A fancy bazar [bazaar] was held in a large markee [marquee] for the benefit of the Havelock church, and from the number of persons who patronised it, we should think a good business was done. The leaping match, that offered the final attraction of the Show, brought out five steeplechasers whose performances created the greatest interest, and on their termination sent everyone home well pleased with the one day’s holiday.
At 7 o’clock in the evening, a dinner was given at the Criterion Hotel, at which over sixty members of the Society and others sat down. The dinner was laid on three tables in the large banqueting room of the Hotel, and did infinite credit to those who, under Mr G. Becker’s supervision, arranged the tables. The attendance was perfect, and the dinner, in every respect, was certainly the best that has ever yet been given in Napier. The Hon. Col. Whitmore occupied the chair, and Mr. F. Sutton. M.H.R., and J. Mackersey Esq., the vice chairs. The usual loyal, and other toasts were given, and responded to most heartily, one of the best speeches of the evening being given by the Hon. E.W. Stafford. The party broke up at about eleven o’clock with a cordial vote of thanks to the chairman and vice chairmen.
The following is a list of the prize takers: –
CHAMPION CUP WINNERS.
Class A. Thoroughbred Sire – Watt and Farmers Papapa.
Class B. Thoroughbred Mare – A. Buckland’s Una.
Class C. Draught Sire – J. Evan’s Dugdale.
Class D. Draught Mare – J. Bennett’s Champion.
Class E. Best Bull – Hon. H. R. Russell’s King Henry III.
Class F. Best Cow – Coleman and McHardy’s Duchess Chamburgh.
Class G. Best Merino Ram – Hon. H.R. Russell.
Class H. Best Merino Ewe – T.P. Russell.
Class J. Best Longwool Ram -P. Dolbell.
Class K. Best Longwoolled Ewe – Coleman and McHardy.
Champion Cup for Implements – Boylan and Co.
Judges – Hon. E.W. Stafford and J. T. Ford, Esq. Stewards in attendance – Messrs Birch and Shrimpton.
1st Prize – Watt and Farmer, ch Edward James, 1yr by Papapa, dam Hatred.
2nd Prize – R. Brathwaite, iron grey colt, 12 months, by Arab Child, dam Lucy.
Commended – W. Douglas, dark brown colt, 11 months, by Kingfisher, dam a Figaro mare.
TWO – YEAR OLD COLT, FOALED SINCE 1ST. AUGUST, 1875.
1st Prize – Watt and Farmer, brown colt Dundee, 2 yrs, by Traducer, dam Renga.
2nd Prize – Watt and Farmer, black, Macilleathaini, 2 yrs by English Tim Whiffler, dam Flying Scud.
ENTIRE, 4 – YEAR OLD, AND UPWARDS.
1st Prize – Watt and Farmer, chest nut, Papapa, 6 yrs, Ravensworth, dam Waimea, (also Champion).
YEARLING FILLY, FOALED SINCE 1ST AUGUST, 1876.
1st Prize – W. Burnett, iron grey filly, 12 months , Arab Child, dam Titania.
2nd Prize – Watt and Farmer, chestnut, Daisy, 1 yr., by Panapa, dam Marchioness.
MARE FOUR – YEAR – OLD AND UPWARDS.
1st Prize – Watt and Farmer, bay, Hatred, 9 yrs, by Traducer, dam Emmeline.
MARE ANY AGE, IN MARE OR FOAL AT FOOT.
1st Prize – A. Buckland, bay, Una,15 yrs, by St. Aubyn, dam Miss Rowe (also champion).
2nd prize – Watt and Farmer, brown, Mina Mina, 6 yrs, Ravensworth, dam Queen of the South.
Commended – J. Heslop. bay, Young Althea, 6 years, Ake Ake, dam Althea.
Judges – Messrs Thomas Sutton and R. Wilkin. Stewards in attendance – Messrs Haultain and W. Couper, jun.
2 – YEAR OLD COLT, FOALED SINCE 1ST AUGUST, 1875.
1st prize – J. D. Ormond, bay, Sir Charles, 22 months, by Prince Charlie, dam Lady.
2nd Prize – R.P. Williams, colt, 23½ months, by Dugdale, dam Blossom.
3 -YEAR OLD COLT, FOALED SINCE 1ST AUGUST, 1874.
1st Prize, G. S. Whitmore, bay, 3 yrs, by Little John.
ENTIRE HORSE, FOUR – YEAR OLD AND UPWARDS.
1st Prize, – John Evans, Dugdale, 6 yrs, Black Prince, dam Rose (also champion).
2nd Prize – A. Taylor, Young Lofty, 6 yrs, by Lofty, out of Jess.
Highly Commended – J. Bicknell, Young Lord Glasgow, 7 yrs.
TWO – YEAR OLD FILLY, FOALED SINCE 1ST AUGUST, 1875.
1st Prize, – J.D. Ormond, bay, Pink, 2 yrs, by Dugdale, dam Rose.
2nd Prize – F. and W. Nelson, filly, 22 months, by Dugdale.
THREE – YEAR OLD FILLY, FOALED SINCE 1ST AUGUST 1874.
1st Prize – J. Bennett, bay, 3 yrs, by Little John (also champion).
2nd Prize – J. Bennett, grey, 3 yrs, by Little John.
MARE, FOUR – YEAR OLD AND UPWARDS.
1st Prize – R. Wellwood, bay mare, aged, imported from Australia.
2nd Prize – J. Heslop, brown, 5 yrs.
MARE, ANY AGE, IN FOAL OR FOAL AT FOOT.
1st prize, N. Todd, mare, 5 yrs, by Young Hero.
2nd Prize – J.D. Ormond, bay, Rose, aged, imported.
ENTIRE BEST CALCULATED TO IMPROVE THE BREED OF SADDLE HORSES.
1st prize – G. R. Grant, Terenga, 7 yrs, Ravensworth, dam Phoebe.
ENTIRE BEST CALCULATED TO IMPROVE THE BEST OF CARRIAGE HORSES.
1st prize – W. Burnett, bay, 4 yrs, by Sledmere, dam Azucena.
WEIGHT-CARRYING HACK, ANY AGE, UP TO 16 STONE.
1st Prize – J. S. Giblin, black gelding, Black Douglas.
2nd Prize – G.E.G. Richardson, chestnut gelding, Rob Roy, aged.
Highly commended – F. Hall, black gelding, aged.
LIGHT – WEIGHT HACK.
1st Prize, H. Sladen, 10 yrs. hack.
2nd Prize – H. Gaisford, bay gelding, Dumboy, 18 yrs.
Highly commended – R. Brathwate, grey gelding, Pai Mariri, aged.
PONY, ANY AGE, UNDER 13 HANDS.
1st Prize – D. S. Fleming, black entire, Shetland breed.
HARNESS HORSE, SUBJECT TO TRIAL.
1st prize – J.D. Ormond, grey mare, Violet, 9 yrs.
Judges – Messrs James Hay, Henry Pannett, and C. J. Story. Stewards in attendance – Messrs T. Bishop, and A. H. Wallis.
BULL UNDER 18 MONTHS.
1st prize, – Coleman and McHardy, bull, Imperial Windsor, calved Feb. 27, 1877, by Iron Duke, dam Duchess of Chamburgh.
2nd prize, H.R. Russell, King Henry VI., calved August 12, 1877, by Crown Prince, dam Lady Rose.
Very highly commended – W. Marcroft, bull calved October 31, 1876.
Highly commended – A. M. Williams, bull, calved Feb 25, 1877, by Derby, dam Buttercup.
Commended – A. M. Williams, bull, calved Feb 10, 1877, by Derby, dam Duchess of New Zealand.
BULL 18 MONTHS AND UNDER 2½ YEARS.
1st prize, – H.R. Russell, King Henry III., calved September 15, 1875, by Crown Prince, dam Lady Rose, bred by H.R. Russell (also champion).
2nd prize, – R. Wellwood, roan, King of Hearts, calved April 1st, 1871, by Royal Gywnne.
BULL, 3½ YEARS AND UPWARDS.
1st prize – Coleman and McHardy, roan, Prince Leonard, calved September 27, 1873, by Royal Prince, dam Catherine, bred by H. Aylmer (also champion).
2nd prize – H.R. Russell, Crown Prince, calved June 21, 1870, by Prince Fredrick, dam Flower, bred by G. Bell.
Highly commended – G. Tanner, roan, Earl of Oxford, 8 years 9 months, by Abbot of Rissington, dam Sweet Sauce, bred by Col. Whitmore.
Commended – H. R. Russell, King Henry I, calved October 21, 1873, by Crown Prince, dam Lady Rose.
HEIFER, UNDER 18 MONTHS.
1st prize – Coleman and McHardy, roan, Duchess III, calved April 17, 1876, by Earl Derby, dam White Duchess II.
2nd prize – T. Tanner, Roan Heifer, 18 months, by Earl of Oxford, dam Carlyon cow
HEIFER, 18 MONTHS AND UNDER 2½ YEARS.
1st prize – H. R. Russell, Queen Bess II, calved Jan. 3, 1876, by Crown Prince, dam Lady Betty.
2nd prize – T. Tanner, roan, 20 months, by Earl of Oxford, dam Carlyon, cow.
Highly commended – A. M. Williams, roan, 22 months, by Derby, dam Marchioness cow.
Commended – A.M. Williams, red and white, 24 months, by Marquis, dam Comet cow.
HEIFER, 2½ YEARS, AND UNDER 3½ YEARS.
1st prize – Coleman and McHardy, Duchess of Chamburgh, roan, calved June, 1874, by Royal Windsor, dam White Socks; breeder Outhwaite
2nd prize – T. Tanner, roan, 3 years, by Earl of Oxford, dam Carlyon cow.
Highly commended – Coleman and McHardy, roan, Gazelle II., calved Dec. 17, 1874, by Earl Derby, dam Gazelle.
COW, 3½ YEARS AND UPWARDS.
1st prize, H. R. Russell, Lady Rose, calved August 13, 1870, by Belvoir Duke,