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ASPATRIA AGRICULTURAL SHOW continued
THE DINNER continued
THE VICE-CHAIRMAN continues
The Chairman had been born in the same parish as himself, and they were each
about the same age, and he observed (alluding to their baldness) that the
Chairman like himself, had lost a little thatch. (Laughter). That gave them
the advantage of having cool heads, and they had already heard much to
convince them that their Chairman was wide awake. (Laughter and cheers).
They had had a meeting at Aspatria, and had discussed the question of local
shows, and had determined to help themselves. He had thrown out a
suggestion at Whitehaven to hold the shows in the West of Cumberland, first
at one place, and then at another, and then they would be able to give
better prizes and perhaps bring stock from a greater distance, and, if they
had not the Royal Agricultural Society's Show, they could have at least a
little royal show of their own. (Cheers).
He (Mr. Paitson) had a week at Manchester while the Royal Show was being
held there, and he never spent a week better in his life. That was a
splendid show, and they took no less than £17,000 for entrance money, a sum
much in excess of what had been taken upon any previous occasion, but no
doubt the receipts had been considerably augmented by people who had gone to
see the Princess of Wales. For his own part he would rather see a good
shorthorn, although in saying that, he did not mean any disloyalty.
He must say that he had to congratulate them upon the show at Aspatria that
day; it was considerably better than the one held at Whitehaven, and he
thought they ought to be proud of their first show. He hoped that against
another year, when the committee had some more experience, that they would
even be able to do better than they had done that day. He begged to thank
them on behalf of Captain Fisher and himself.
Mr. BLACKSTOCK proposed the health of the Judges.. The exhibitors brought
the best stock they had, and if they won a prize when they sent them, it was
generally attributed to the Judges. (Laughter). It was the same way in
coursing. An acquaintance of his went to the Scottish National meetings and
he said to him, "Well, how did you come on?' His friend replied, "Oh, I was
beaten." He asked him, "Who beat you?' and his friend replied, "Oh, the
beggar that beats them all, the Judge." (Roars of Laughter.) The horses at
the show that day had been excellent. He had been at Cockermouth, and
Whitehaven, and did not think he had seen so good a class anywhere.
Mr. GEORGE COULTHARD, of Lanercost, returned thanks. He said it had been a
great pleasure to the judges to assist in launching into existence this most
enterprising society. (Cheers). He trusted they would not rest satisfied
until they had placed it in a most prominent position among the societies of
the county. (Cheers). Speaking of the horses for field and harness, of
which he had been one of the judges, he congratulated the committee upon
bringing into their field a most valuable collection of horses, and also
upon their arrangement of the classes. It was not often they found that
local societies made provisions for dividing the classes as had been done
that day. The field and harness horses having been shown separately, that
made the duties of the judges much more easy than they would otherwise have
Cumberland, as they were well aware, had ever taken a most prominent part in
the breeding of horses. Thanks to gentlemen such as the late Mr. Richard
Ferguson, Mr. Blackstock, the Messrs. Moffat, and the redoubtable
exhibitor, Mr. Casson, of Burgh -(cheers)-they in Cumberland had always been
supplied with first-class blood sires. But he feared that prestige would
depart from them if they were not more careful about the mares they bred
from. (Hear, hear). A few years ago he had been talking to a friend of his
who was a good judge of horses, who had told him that he had been standing
at the door of the King's Arm Hotel at Wigton, and it was painful to him to
see how many inferior mares were used for breeding purposes. He well
remembered the time when he used to visit the Abbey Holme and Wigton, and
see the grand old mares which the "Grand Turk", "Nimrod", and "Corinthian"
had left behind them. (Hear, hear). Many were now inclined to breed from
old mares, because they were favourites, and they would like to perpetuate
the same strain, or because they had been slightly injured in some way; but
he hoped the Cumberland breeders would try and keep up their prestige and
look to the brood mares, and try and maintain the fame which they had won.
(Cheers). He cordially approved of district shows, and thought great
advantages were to be derived from the localisation of improvement.
to be continued...............