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Poor indeed was the muster of agricultural horses for £130 prize money, as, looking at them with the kindest eyes, there were not a dozen with any pretensions to a prize-ring; and Mr. Woods, of Wood Green, and some others, would delight those who are fend of writing about the deterioration of the breed-horses. Mr. Statter's wellknown thick-set, animated lump of flesh, Young Champion, had it all his own way in the stallion class, though opposed by the deep-ribbed, powerful Simon Pure and Mr. Brigg's Heart of Oak, by Honest Tom-a neat horse, but light of bone and small in the hocks. Mr. Byford's Statesman fairly represented the Suffolks; and Honest John, by Honest Tom, might have saved his owner a couple of guineas if he had been a non-est John. In the four-year-olds and upwards-agricultural mares and geldings-Uncle Tom was at the head of the poll, a horse of which we spoke highly when shown with a stable companion as a pair at Croydon, as we did also of Drayman, the best four-year-old there, now taking the third money at the Park; while Royal Duchess, with her activity and symmetry, gained second favours, though Mr. Street's old roan Royal Beauty, famed for her looks and light-stepping, was in the class. Rattler is a light, useful horse; and we should like to see a few more about the country of such a stamp as Mr. Bridge's cobby, active little grey, Darling, if they stand no chance with the big ones in a prizering.
The hunters made up the strongest section of the show. The three-year-olds were taken first, and constituted a very nice class; but they should be ridden instead of led. Glengyle, by Knowsley, the best of the three-year-olds and of all the hunting classes at Croydon, the best two-year-old at Birmingham last year, and the best three-year-old earlier during this season at Manchester and Chipping Norton, did as well here in much higher society. Still in giving him the Champion-prize there must have been a deal left to promise, as men who have seen a few summers know too well what a very uncertain thing that is. However, Glengyle is at this moment probably the showiest stripped horse in England, and there were further offers to buy him, despite an absurd rumour, put about without the least foundation by some of the daily papers, that an objection had been made to one of his hocks. His second, Primus, or rather Secundus, is of hunting form with hocks well placed, and by Wyndham, a horse at one time, as we think, the property of Captain Skipworth, who was on the bench; and the third, Surrender, is hunting-like, but showing more bone than blood, and thick in the withers. Then Bishop Blaize is of good form, but with not so much quality as some, as he reminds one very much of a first two-year-old at Sheffield; and Mr. Everatt's Sunshine, a deep-topped, dark chesnut of quality but light of bone, is the nag who played second there, and also took the same place in a class at Lincoln. Mr. Trist's Edinburgh is useful-looking; but Mr. Hickman's Royal two-year-old, in a very poor class, is now more like a lady's nag or harness; and Mr. Dayrell's Daybreak is a very showy' light-timbered hunter, by Omeopathist, whoever he might be. But there is a charming ignorance of pedigree displayed throughout the catalogue from the " Fylde House Breeding Company" to the "see Stud Book" attached to a trotter; while sometimes only the sire is given to a thorough-bred stallion, but to others the great-grandams; as the Beadle's pedigree is transmogrified after this cockney fied fashion: "The Beadle by Newminster, dam's sire by Plenipotentiary;" as, again, "Rocket by Theobald, by Stockwell, dam by Roxana by Pyrrhus the First." In fact, the compiler must have been as much at sea as an old dealer of fifty years ago was with a strolling company's placard, which he began spelling (sic) : T-h-e The, A, The-hay-T-r-e
tree :-The hay tree, now what the deuce can that be?" Another three-year-old, of fair hunting form, was Royal Oak, by Prince Arthur, a son of King John; but he had not those powerful hocks, which to a hunter are, as Magna Charta is to us, the very bulwark of liberty. Mr. Saunders showed a brown colt of hunting form and breed, by Mariner, out of Blameless, by Barbarina-a curious name for a gentleman, which we cannot account for unless he "very imprudently married the barber;" and Mr. Benedict Gore had a chesnut of fair shape, by the steeplechaser Alcibiade.
There were some good looking four-year-olds, with Talisman as their chief, a well-known prize taker, and champion prize horse at Islington this year; a nice handy nag in the open, and a pretty mover. To him the obliging compiler of the catalogue has tugged on his great-great-grand-dam, so as to bring in the dam of Lottery, famous in story-a horse we recollect as well as we do the ankles of Talisman's sire, and the top-boots of the old hosier of Snow Hill, from whom he takes the name of Theobald. Talisman was objected to as unsound on the Tuesday; and as the judges were then in the ring with the veterinarian, the matter simply rested with them, aud should have been decided forthwith, as the rules applying run thus: No veterinary inspection of horses will be required, except when considered necessary by the judges. But in case of their having left, the judges will be instructed to give in a reserve number in each class-viz., which animal would in their opinion possess sufficient merit for the prize, in case the animal to which the prize is awarded should subsequently become disqualified. Then the stewards and the veterinarian would have to decide it: The stewards will, if possible, decide all protests that may be made before the conclusion of the show. Such protests must be delivered to the secretary, in writing, at his office in the Park, before six o'clock on the evening of the day the class is judged. When the alleged unsoundness was pointed out to the judges, they had simply to look for themselves, and judge by its situation and their own experience, or ask Professor Brown whether he thought it did or would interfere with the usefulness of a horse as a hunter. There is too much fuss, we for think, made about soundness, many a brute has nothing else to commend him; as we recollect, when speaking about some horse at a Yorkshire show, being asked by the late Professor Spooner, "Which would you give it to, a sound horse or an unsound one?" depends," said we, entirely as to what the sound horse is and what the unsound one and his unsoundness. Doctor Johnson says a horse is an animal-a wooden machine, and we should not think of giving it to the wooden one, even if he had not a screw loose." Sunbeam, which was second to Talisman, is as neat as neat can be, and does not inherit her sire Carleton's shoulders, but goes, as we said at Islington, a little high with her knees when galloping. Beckford, a thickset horse of great power and plenty before the saddle, wants time to fine; and Mr. Letts' nice mare, The Gem, was a prize-taker at Sheffield and Lincoln. Mr. Battam's Kelly, the best four-year-old at Croydon, together with Mr. Trist's Sydenham also at Croydon, were noticed in our report of the Bath and West of England show. Mr. Callin's Bounce, though not so level and show-like as some, is still a nice horse, and went well, being handled nicely by Webster; Mr. Widdicombe's Prince Charlie was of fair make; but Mr. Coatt's, The Duke, a highly commended one at Islington, was no mover, and Mr. Hutchinson's Viscount, we believe, was an absentee.
With the five-year-old hunters, some of the Islington decisions were turned upside down-the last first and the first last. This was the case with Mr. Hutchin
son's well-known prize horse The Jester who only got a commendation at Islington, while here he was placed first; Valdarno, the Islington first prize horse only getting a third, but the second, King Charming, was the second best in all the hunting classes at Croydon, where he was fully described, as at Sheffield last year, where Colonel Barlow bought him. Mr. Low's Rocket was a hunter to look at, with breed and action, as was Mr. Foord's Colouel; while Mr. Hodson's bay could go, and so could Mr. Hutton's Patrick Shiels, Mr. Riddel's Aunt Sally, Mr. Cooper's Milton, Mr. Johnson's Starlight, Mr. Briggs' Minstrel Boy, Mr. Trist's The Alderman, and some others. The five-year-old hunters up to not less than 14 stone were a grand class, with a lot of prize horses in, several of which had been sold for large sums of money, and consequently lauded up to the skies; but long prices in many instances depend more on fancy and length of purse than taste or judgment. Lord Aylesford's Ballymote had some form, and Sir G. Wombwell's Cawton who has thickened into a compact horse, went better than we ever saw him, but the course was in capital going order. Cashier, onee first at Islington, is a great slashing horse, and Banker, from the same stable, a nag which we always went for, looked all over a hunter, as we can fancy him with half-a-dozen couple of hounds round him looking quite at home, although for what we know he may have never seen one. Then Marshal McMahon is here, with his owner up, but not in luck; Mulcaster, all the way from Cumberland, is on Erl King, and watching the judges with an anxious eye; while John, on Bedford, a son of Morocco, has, no doubt, a morocco purse in his pocket, ready to take the prize-money to Edwinstowe; and Mr. Booth, after his exertions on the good-looking Breakaway, is evidently delighted with a bit of strawcoloured ribbon which he has gained for the Manor House. Crown Prince looks scarcely as well as he did when second to King Charming at Croydon; and Mr. Staple's Shakespeare, by our troth, we did not see; but another Aunt Sally, a handsome mare, is evidently in the wrong class, though nicely handled by Mr. Allen. Liverpool, a slashing horse which was second to Valdarno at Islington, is striding
round the ring in good style under Captain Skipworth;
but ride one, ride all, for the sake of fair play, or leave it alone. The sturdy Boyton and another represent Mr. Toynbee; Mr. Hayward still sticks to Paramour, or Paramour to him; Mr. Rouse's Claimant is a cobby hunter, and Mr. Apperley's Tichborne correctly named. There were some nice hacks and roadsters, the wellknown prize-takers Ozone and Enterprise heading the light-weight and weight-carrriers; while the handsome Fairy, another prize mare, was proclaimed queen of the ponies under fourteen-two. The ponies under thirteen made a fair class, and there were some nags shown in harness-a nice thing to hide defects, and of which we can have our fill in Hyde Park.
Terribly painstaking were the judges over the jumping on Wednesday, the competitors making exits and entrances again and again, like an army of supernumeraries at Astley's, and possibly with the like view of prolonging the "entertainments." However, people may take too much trouble, and certainly the award looked to be as wrong as it could be. A horse with a deal of hunter-like character about him, the property of Lord Aylesford, went all over like a workman, taking his fences in his stride cleverly and coolly, being, moreover, admirably piloted by one of Sir George Wombwell's men. took a second prize, the first going to an animal ridden by Mrs. Riddell, that, on an occasional reminder from the whip, rushed at the hurdles, and scrambled over the water, as no question, the mare's rider is a fine determined horsewoman; but as a recognition of sportsmanlike, business-like fencing, the decision approached to some
thing of burlesque. It is only fair to give the names of the judges who contributed to this memorable award: Mr. T. Towneley Parker, Captain Skipworth, and Mr. Henry Villebois.
JUDGES.-RIDING HORSES: E. Paddison, Ingleby, Lincoln; A. L. Maynard, Newton Hall, Durham; Captain Skipworth, Limber Magna, Ulceby. AGRICULTURAL HORSES, HARNESS HORSES, AND MULES: H. Lowe, Camberford, Tamworth; J. Johnson, Brigham, Hull; S. Rowlandson, Newton Morrell, Darlington.
Thoroughbred stallions for general stud purposes.-First prize, £70, Earl of Aylesford (Vanderdecken); second, £30, H. Jones (Lydon); third, £20, R. Hutton (Laughingstock). Highly commended: W. T. Sharp (Suffolk). Commended W. Blenkiron (Dean of Westminster).
Roadster stallions.- First prize, £30, J. Major (Prickwillow); second, £20, F. Ridgley and Co. (Fireaway IV.); third, £10, T. Statter (Perseverance). Highly commended: J. Tibbett (Cambridgeshire Cob). Commended: R. Cowton (Jacob Wainwright).
Pony stallions not over 1 hands.-First prize, £15 R. Richardson (Sensation); second, £10, Duke of Hamilton (Prince Charming); third, £5, G. S. Hall (Young Milo). Fourth: D. Moffatt (Little Benjamin).
Agricultural and dray stallions. First prize, £40, T. Statter (Young Champion); second, £20, R. Marshall (Simon Pure).
Hunters, three years old, geldings or fillies.-First prize, £30, and extra prize, R. Swanwick (Glengyle); second, £15, J. Lett (Primus); third, £10, J. S. Atkinson (Surrender). Highly commended: H. Rouse (Bishop Blaize). Commended: J. S. Darrell (Daybreak).
Hunters, four years old, mares or geldings.-First prize, £50, J. M. Tattersall Musgrave (Talisman); second, £25, W. Armstrong (Sunbeam); third, £15, J. B. Booth (Beckford). Commended: G. B. Battams (Kelly). Reserve: J. Lett (The Gem).
Hunters, five years old and upwards, mares or geldings, up to not less than 12 stone.-First prize, £60, T. H. Hutchinson (The Jester); second, £30, F. Barlow (King Charming); third, £20, R. Toynbee (Valdarno). Reserve: Foord Newton (The Colonel).
Hunters, five years old and upwards, mares or geldings, up to not less than fourteen stone.-First prize, £75, R. Barker
(Liverpool); second, £30, W. Armstrong (The Banker);
third, £20, Sir G. O. Wombwell (Cawton). Reserve: T. II. Hutchinson (Breakaway).
Hacks and roadsters up to not less than twelve stone.-First prize, £30, F. Cook Matthew (Ozone); second, £20, M. Fitzgerald (Lady Godiva); third, £10, E. Charlesworth (Lady Derwent). Highly commended: J. Wiggin (Grand Duchess).
Hacks and roadsters up to not less than fourteen stone, not less than 14 hands 2 inches, or over 15 hands 2 inches.-First prize, £30, Sir G. O. Wombwell (Enterprise); second, £20, G. Quin (Westmeath); third, £10, W. Gidden (Giddy Girl.)
Ponies not under 13 or over 14 hands inches.-First prize, £15, Blackman and Co. (Fairy); second, £10, T. Mitchell (Bosco); third, £5, H. Frisby (King Polo).
Ponies under 13 hands.-First prize, £10, C. Groucock (by Prickwillow); second, £7, Countess of Aylesford (King Charles); third, £3, Lady Charles Ker (Kitty). Reserve: J. J. Hipwell (Rob Roy). Commended: J. Altkin (Belle of the Ball).
Agricultural and dray horses, four years old and upwards, mares or geldings.-First prize, £30, H. Freshney (Uncle Tom); second, £20, T. Statter (Royal Duchess); third, £10, H. Freshney (Drayman). Highly commended: J. Kent (Rattler). Reserve: F. Street (Royal Beanty).
Carriage horses four years old and upward, mares or geldings.-First prize, £30, T. Statter.
Single harness horses.-First prize, F. S. Foley (Rattler) second, T Statter (bay mare); third, S. Campains, jun. (Madcap). Highly commended: W. Wright, jun. (Princess). Reserved: T. Statter (Sensation).
Mules of either sex.-First prize, £10, C. L. Sutherlan (Beauty); second, £5, C. L. Sutherland (Brunette). High commended: Rev. A. H. Bridges (Lizette).
THE NORFOLK AGRICULTURAL ASSOCIATION.
The show was pretty generally considered not equal to some previous anniversaries, as the President said at the dinner, "it was a matter of regret that the Shorthorns were so poorly represented. There were some fine animals of this breed exhibited, but out of the lot shown only nineteen belonged to Norfolk." Many of the chief winners in this division came on from Croydon, headed by Sir Arthur Ingram, who here backed his place in his class with the Prince of Wales' champion prize for the best of all the balls; while in the younger classes of Shorthorns, the Burghley Telemachi here carried all before them, Royal Irwin being merely commended; but Telemachus himself, although entered, was not sent. In the further absence of all Lady Pigot's entries, Mr. Sharpe in the cow classes improved on his position of late; and the Prince of Wales, who made an opening at this meeting as an exhibitor of breeding Shorthorns, held the reserve number for heifers and bull calves. By the way, does the Norfolk Society make any distinction between a commendation and a reserve number? A judge is often compelled to reserve when he cannot commend.
"He saw a very marked improvement in the stock which he had more particularly judged-the red polled cattle. He could look back for more than thirty years, and when he remembered the long-legged narrow-backed animals which were then called Norfolk Polled cattle, he saw a most wonderful change in them. There could be no question but that in counties where they saw a marked breed of stock, there were good reasons why that breed should be cultivated, and he thought that the red Polled cattle of Norfolk were such a class as would prove the truth of this." So said Mr. Kearey, and, in fact, the show of red Polls, of which Mr. Colman had the champion collection, and Lord Leicester's speech, were the special features of the Fakenham meeting; as altogether this was for numbers, saying nothing of merits, one of the shortest entries of cattle which the Association has got together for some years.
In the horse section, however, there was a strong show of cart-horses, more especially of Norfolks, but there was nothing very special amongst the nags, beyond perhaps Mr. How's home-bred champion, Colonel Barlow, usually an exhibitor here, being away at the Alexandra Park; and the show of sheep was in places very limited. Lord Sondes' flock is kept back for the sale, Lord Walsingham made no sign, and, as a consequence, the Prince of Wales and Mr. Colman were the only exhibitors of Southdowns, the Sandringham flock taking six first prizes for six entries, with the second prize pen of ewes at Croydon now succeeding to first. There were some surprises in the other breeds of sheep; as for Cotswold rams, Mr. T. Brown, of Marham, could get no higher than second amongst the old sheep, being fairly beaten, as it was thought, by Mr. Thornton, a sonin-law of Mr. Hugh Aylmer, whose stock has of course been in use at Wareham. Again, with fat wethers, Mr. John Overman, once invincible in this way, and Mr. Crawshay, his heretofore most formidable competitor, were put below the Corporation of Norwich, which won with a pen "bred from Norfolk and Hampshire ewes and Markshall rams," so that the city of Norwich distinguish itself for bucolics if not for politics. The pigs were decidedly good, with such men as Mr. Sexton, the Duckerings, and Mr. Dove in competition, and they divided nearly the chief premiums amongst them, Lord Rendlesham being next best.
The following is a list of the implement exhibitors
Bull, above three years old.-First prize, £10, W. Linton, Sherriff Hutton, York (Sir Arthur Ingram); second, £7, C. Beart, Westhead, Stowbridge (Master Blythe). prize, £10, the Marquis of Exeter, Burghley, Stamford (TeleBull, above two and not exceeding three years old.-First machus 6th); second, £7, Mrs. Hudson, Castleacre.
Bull, above one and not exceeding two years old.-First prize, £10, the Marquis of Exeter (Telemachus 9th); second, £7, T. Banyard, lorningsea (Brunswick Duke). Commended: W. Linton (Royal Irwin); J. Wortley, Swafield (Regent).
Bull-calf, not exceeding twelve months old.-First prize, £5, C. Ellis, Meldreth, Royston (Meldreth Duke); second, Commended: His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, K.G., £3, T. Jennings, Phantom House, Newmarket (Sir John). Sandringham (The General).
Cow, in calf or in milk, above three years old.-First prize, £10, J. J. Sharp, Boughton, Kettering (Prize Bird); second, £7, the Marquis of Exeter (Moll Gwynne).
Heifer, in calf or in milk, above two and not exceeding three years old.-Prize, £10, J. J. Sharp (Julia 11th).
Heifer, above one and not exceeding two years old.-First prize, £8, the Marquis of Exeter (Queen of Ithica); second, £5, the Marquis of Exeter (Telemacina).
£5, J. R. Chaplin, Three Chimneys, Ridgewell (Celia's Rose); Heifer-calf, not exceeding twelve months old.-First prize, second, £3, W. Linton (Sheriff Hutton Rose).
NORFOLK AND SUFFOLK RED-POLLED CATTLE.
Bull, above three years old.-First prize, £10, J. J. Colman,
Prize, £10, A. Taylor, Starston (Easton Duke).
prize, £10, H. Birkbeck, Stoke Holy Cross, Norwich (Nick);
Ball-calf, not exceeding twelve months old.--First prize, £5, J. Hammond (Davyson 4th); second, £3, T. Brown (Theodore). Commended: J. J. Colman, M.P. (Gladstone).
Cow, in calf or in milk, above three years old.-First prize, £10, J. Hammond (Davey 6th); second, £7, J. Hammond (Bessie). Commended: R. E. Lofft, Troston Hall, Bury St. Edmund's (Minnie).
Hei'er, in calf or in milk, above two and not exceeding three years old.-First prize, £10, Mrs. Hudson, Castleacre (Rose 1st); second, £7, J. J. Colman, M.P. (Rosabelle); Commended: Sir Willoughby Jones, Bart., Craumer Hall (The Belle).
leifer, above one and not exceeding two years old.-First prize, £3, Mrs. Hudson (Golden Drop); second, £5, J. J. Colman, M.P. (Silent Lady). Highly commended: H. Birkbeck. Commended: Sir Willoughby Jones, Bart. (Graceful).
Helfer-calf, not exceeding twelve months old.-First prize, £5. J. J. Colman, M.P.; second, £3, Mrs. G. Cresswell, Appleton Hall, Sandringham (Fairy Princess). Commended: Sir W. Jones, Bart. (Suckling).
CATTLE FOR DAIRY PURPOSES (OF ANY BREED, NOT BEING SHORTHORN OR NORFOLK AND SUFFOLK RED POLLED, AND NOT ELIGIBLE FOR ANY HERD BOOK).
Cow, in calf or in milk, above three years old.-First prize, £10, W. Johnson, Walpole St. Peter, Wisbech; second, £7, W. Johnson. Commended: W. Johnson.
Heifer, in calf or in milk, above two and not exceeding three years old.-Prize, £10, J. Morton, Stowbridge.
Cow or heifer, in calf or in milk, of any age.-First prize, £5, J. N. Micklethwait, Taverham; second, £4, E. H. Wortley, Frettenham. Commended: C. Crawshay, Hingham.
Bal of any age.-First prize, £5, E. Birkbeck, Horstead Hall, Norwich. (As Mr. Birkbeck himself gave the prize,it will be handed over to Mr. Wortley) Commended: E. H. Wortley, Frettenham.
Steer of any breed above three years old.-First prize, £10, R. Wortley, Suffield, Aylsham; second, £7, R. Wortley.
Steer of any breed not above three years old.-First prize, £10, T. Palver, Broughton, Kettering; second, £7, J. Wortley. Commended: J. Wortley.
Cow or heifer of any age.-First prize, £10, J. J. Colman, M.P., Carrow, Norwich; second, £7, J. Wortley. Commended: W. T. Brackenbury, Shouldham Thorpe.
Steer or heifer of the red polled breed, of any age.-First prize, £5, W. Durrant, Brunstead Hall, Norwich.
NORFOLK CLASS (BROWN, BAY, OR BLACK). Stallion not under four years old.-First prize, £15, HI Stanley, Fury St. Edmund's (Champion); second, £7, C.. Marsters, Saddlebow, Lynn (England's Glory). Commended : J. Mott, Hingham (Young Samson).
Stallion three years old.-First prize, £10, T. W. Murfet, Wiggenhall St. Mary, Lynn (Major); second, £7, T. Bettinson, Enneth, Wisbech (Honest Tom). Commended: T. Calver, Barnham Thorpe, Lynn (Tip Top).
Stallion two years old.-First prize, £10, W. How, Tottington, Thetford (The Champion); second, £5, R. C. Cook, Livermere, Bury St. Edmund's (Defiance). Commended: J. Tomlinson, Long Sutton, Lincolnshire (Conqueror).
Yearling stallion.-First prize, £10, C. Marsters, Saddlebow, Lynn (Young Wonder); second, £5, C. W. H. Cozens-Hardy, Cley Hall (Master Samson). Commended: J. Martin, Littleport, Isle of Ely (Hector)."
OF ANY BREED OR COLOUR.
Stallion not under four years old.-First prize, £10, and special prize, C. Marsters, Saddlebow, Lynn (England's Wonder); second, £b, J. Martin, Littleport, Isle of Ely (Hercules). Commended: H. Wolton, Newbourn Hall, Woodbridge (Royalty).
Stallion under four years old.-First prize, £10, no merit for first prize; second, £5, Mrs. Hudson, Castleacre (Nelson).
HACKNEY AND RIDING STALLIONS.
Stallion not under four years old, suitable for getting hackneys for saddle or harness.-First prize, £10, J. King Gressenhall (King of the Forest); second, £5, J. Coker, Houghton (Warboy). Commended: E. Jolly, Banham (Adonis).
Stallion under four years old, suitable for getting hackneys for saddle or harness.-First prize, £10, R. Wales, Wimbot
sham, Downham (Fireaway); second, £5, J. Coker, Houghton, Fakenham (Norfolk Cob). Commended: T. W. Applegate, Tittleshall, Swaffham (Washington).
Stallion suitable for getting high-stepping cobs.-P. Mackenzie's special prize of £5, G. Body. Haverland, Norwich (Young Prickwillow). Commended: J. Coker, Houghton (The Swell).
Mare with foal at foot.-First prize, £10, W. Wilson Scarning, East Dereham (Brag); second, £7, T. Bettinson, Emneth, Wisbech (Smart). Commended: Sir W. Foster, Bart., Hardingham (Diamond).
Foal. First prize, 10, T. Bettinson, Emneth Wisbech; second, £7, Sir W. Foster, Bart. Commended: W. Wilson, Scarning.
Mare and foal (of any breed or colour).-First prize, £10, C. Handley, Walpole St. Andrew, Lynn (Gipsy); second, £5, I. Jones, Wimbledon (Beauty). Commended: C. Beart, Westhead, Stow Bridge (Beauty).
Brood mare, adapted for breeding hunters, to be certified to have produced a living foal subsequent to the 1st of January, 1875.-First prize, £10, A. Lewis, Heacham, Lynn (Louthe); second, £5, J. Tomlinson, Long Sutton (Sloughby). Commended: J. B. Ellis, jun., Barsham.
Hackney brood mare, to be certified to have produced a living foal subsequent to the 1st of January, 1875.-First prize, £10, C. E. Cook, Grimstone, Lynn (Kitty); second, £5, W. Wilson, Scarning, East Dereham (Pet). Commended: F. Low, Norwich (Hilda).
HORSES FOR AGRICULTURAL PURPOSES.
NORFOLK CLASS (BROWN, BAY, OR BLACK). Mare or gelding, not exceeding six years old.-First prize, £10, T. Humphrey, Walpole St. Peter, Wisbech; second, £7, S. Cossey, 100-Feet Bank, Hilgay. Commended: T. W. Murfet, Wiggenhall, St. Mary, Lynn.
Filly, three years old.-First prize, £10, C. Beart; second, £5, W. Durrant, Brunstead Hall, Norwich. Commended: Sir W. Foster, Bart., Hardingham.
Filly, two years old.-First prize, £10, not sufficient merit; second, £5, C. Handley (Blossom).
Yearling filly.-Prize, £10, C. II. W. C. Hardy, Cley Hall, Thetford (Blossom).
Mare (of any breed or colour), not under four years old.First prize, £10, C. Beart; second, £5, R. Makens, Barking Needham Market. Commended: H. Wolton, Newbourn Hall, Woodbridge.
Filly (of any breed or colour), under four years old.— Prize, £10, C. Beart.
PAIRS OF CART HORSES.
Pair of cart horses, whether mare or gelding, without restriction as to colour, best suited for agricultural purposes in Norfolk, and which have been the property of the exhibitor at least three months next before the exhibition.-First prize, £12, R. Horsley, Ashill; second, £8, T. W. Murfet.
Mare or gelding, adapted for hunting, equal to carry not less than fourteen stone.-First prize, £15, R. G. Beart, Raynham, Brandon (Balinasloe); second, £8, R. Bygott, Creake. Commended: W. Hudson, Quarles, Fakenham.
Mare or gelding adapted for hunting, not equal to carry fourteen stone. First prize, £10, R. Bygott (Lacemaker); second, £5, P. Hudson, Wighton. Commended: A. Lewis, Heacham, Lynn (Marchaway).
Colt or filly, not exceeding four years old, adapted for hunting.-First prize, £10, W. How, Tottington, Thetford (Gamester); second, £5, W. Hudson. Commended: R. Bygott.
HACKNEY AND RIDING HORSES.
Mare or gelding, above fifteen and not exceeding fifteen hands and three inches high.-First prize, £10, C. Cook, Litcham (Cheerful); second, £5, M. Dixon, Mannington Mere, Hanworth (Rose). Commended: L. J. Palmer, Snetterton; J. Rowell, Crabb's Abbey, Downham (Robin); W. How (Comet).
Hackney mare or gelding, above fourteen and not exceeding fifteen hands high, and in the possession of the exhibitor for three months previous to the exhibition.-First prize, £10, R. G. Beart (Princess); second, £5, R. B. Aylmer, Westacre. Highly commended: W. How (Favourite).
COBS AND PONIES.
Cob, carrying (while being judged) at least fifteen stone, saddle and bridle included, and not less than thirteen hands
three inches, nor more than fourteen hands three inches high. First prize, £10, C. Cook (Robin); second, £7, R. Cooke, Livermere. Commended: P. Hudson.
Pony, not under thirteen nor above thirteen hands three inches high.-First prize, £8, G. Boorne, Hoveton St. John (Fanny); second, £5, T. Smith, Stody, Briningham (Robin). Pony, not above thirteen hands high. First prize, £5, J. S. Postle, Smallburgh Hall (Lady Jane); second, £3, W. T. Gidney, East Dereham (Fanny). Commended: II. D. Blyth, Muckleton, Burnham (Tommy Dodd).
Shearling ram.-First prize, £10, H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, Sandringham; second, £7, J. J. Colman, M.P., Carrow, Norwich.
Ram of any age.-First prize, £10, H.R.H. the Prince of Wales; second, £7, J. J. Colman, M.P.
Pen of five shearling ewes.-First prize, £10, H.R.H. the Prince of Wales; second, £4, J. J. Colman, M.P.
Pen of ten ewe lambs.-Prize, £5, H.R.HH. the Prince of Wales.
Pen of ten wether lambs, bred by the exhibitor of a flock of not less than five score ewes, size and quality to be taken into consideration.-Prize, £5, H.R H. the Prince of Wales. LONG-WOOLS.
Shearling ram.-First prize, £10, T. Brown, Marham, Downham Market; second, £7, T. Brown. Highly commended: T. Brown.
Ram of any age.-First prize, £10, T. Thornton, Cavenham House, Wareham, Stoke Ferry; second, £7, T. Brown. Pen of two ram lambs.-First prize, €8, T. Brown; second, £5, T. Brown.
Pen of five shearling ewes.-First prize, £7, T. Gunnell, Milton, Cambs; second, £4, F. Ellis, Chesterton, Cambs.
Pen of ten ewe lambs.-First prize, £5, F. Ellis; second, T. Gunnell.
Pen of ten ewe or wether lambs.-First prize, £10, the Corporation of Norwich, Whitlingham, Norwich; second, £7, Mrs. Hudson, Castleacre. Commended: J. B. Ellis, jun., West Barsham, Fakenham.
Pen of three shearling wethers.- First prize, £7, the Corporation of Norwich; second, £4, J. Overman, Burnham Sutton, Lynn. Commended: C. Crawshay, Hingham; C. Middleton, Holkham; J. Overman.
Pen of ten ewes of any age, from a flock of not less than five score, having brought up a lamb or lambs.-First prize, £10, H.R.H. the Prince of Wales; second, £5, Mrs. Hudson,
Castleacre. Commended: T. Gunnell.
Pen of ten ewes of any age, not being Southdown or longwools, having brought up a lamb or lambs.-First prize, £10, J. P. Case, Testerton, Fakenham; second, £5, Mrs. Hudson. PIGS.
Boar above twelve months old.-First prize, £5, R. E. Duckering, Northorpe; second, £3, J. Dove, Hambrook House, Bristol.
Boar not above twelve months old.-First prize, £5, J. Dove; second, R. E. Duckering.
Breeding sow.-First prize, £5, J. Dove; second, £3, R. E. Duckering. Highly commended: R. E. Duckering. Three breeding sows, not above eight months old.-First prize, £5, R. E. Duckering; second, J. Dove.
BLACK OR BERKSHIRE.
Boar above twelve months old.-First prize, £5, G. M. Sexton, Wherstead; second, £3, J. Dove. Commended: Lord Rendlesham, M.P., Woodbridge.
Boar not above twelve months old.-First prize, £5, G. M. Sexton; second, £3, G. M. Sexton. Commended: J. Looker, Hemingford Abbotts, St. Ives.
Breeding sow.-First prize, £5, G. M. Sexton; second, £3, G. M. Sexton. Commended: A. A. Steward, Rise Hall, Akenham.
Three breeding sows not above eight months old.-First prize, £5, G. M. Sexton; second, J. Looker.
Boar above twelve months old.-First prize, £5, R. E. Duckering; second, £3, R. E. Duckering. Commended: G. M. Sexton.
Boar not above twelve months.-First prize, £5, G. M. Sexton; second, £3, Lord Rendlesham, M.P. Highly commended: G. M. Sexton.
Breeding sow.-First prize, £5, J. Dove; second, £3, R. E. Duckering. Highly commended: R. E. Duckering. Three breeding sows not above eight months old.-Prize, £5, G. M. Sexton. Commended: Lord Rendlesham, M.P. SPECIAL PRIZES.
The Prince of Wales' prize of £10 103., for the best bull in classes 1, 2, 3, and 4, to W. Linton, York (Sir Arthur Ingram) (roan).
The Breeder's Cup or Plate, value £10 10s., to J. J. Colman, M.P., for colleciton of Norfolk and Suffolk red polled animals, to include all exhibited in classes 9 to 16 inclusivethe points especially considered being the breeding qualifications of the animals.
The Prince of Wales' prize of £10 10s., to W. How, of Tottington, Thetford, for the best hunter exhibited in classes 46, 47, 48, and bred in the county of Norfolk.
The President's Premium of £10 10s., to C. Marsters, of Saddlebow, Lynn, for the best agricultural stallion not under three years old, and not exceeding 16 hands 3 inches high, exhibited in classes 24, 25, 28, and 29, and which has travelled in Norfolk during the season of 1875, or standing in the county for stud purposes.
Was held on the ground, the PRESIDENT, Mr. ANTHONY HAMOND, of Westacre, in the chair.
The Earl of LEICESTER said, I will do what the President has asked me to do, say a few words upon a subject of very considerable importance at the present moment-the relations between landlord and tenant. If I am justified in expressing time, it is because for more than thirty years I have had the my views on this subject, and occupying a few minutes of your management of a large landed estate, and have also during that time been the occupier of a large farm. We hear from all quarters that the production of food from the soil is far below what it might be, were certain hindrances at present existing removed. Some years back I stated that if England was thoroughly well cultivated, the production of food might be doubled. That statement has been much criticised. I certainly did not intend that it should be taken literally, neither did I intend that the increased production should apply principally to the cereals. But, gentlemen, I am not inclined, after due consideration, to deviate materially from the views I then expressed. When I see how few far: buildings are adapted for carrying on the business of the farm, how few farms are laid out where steam and modern machinery can be applied to advantage, the enormous amount of waste land occupied with fences, with trees in them that are neither ornamental nor profitable, but are most injurious to the land under cultivation-that a considerable portion of some of the best land of England is undrained, or only partially drained, and that only half the capital is employed in agriculture that might be used, I think I might safely state that if all hindrances were removed, he would be a bold man who would define a limit to the production of the soil. If you read an article in the last number of the Royal Agricultural Journal on Continuous Corn Growing," you will see how enormously the production of our cereals may be developed on the strong clay lands where capital, skill, and energy have been employed, as in the case of Messrs. Prout and Middleditch. The county in which we reside is celebrated as a food-producing county. Surely, gentlemen, the growth of our cereals does not depend upon the fertility of our soil, neither does the production of meat depend upon the adaptability of our climate. Mr. George