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iA SUCCESSFUL REVIVAL.I

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A SUCCESSFUL REVIVAL. I RECORD ENTRIES AND INTERESTING EXHIBITION. In 1914 all the preliminary preparations had I been made for that popular annual local fixture, the Abergavenny Horse Show. The outbreak of war in the August of that year, however, diverted u!utioja to more serious things, and the Horse Show and Agricultural Association felt that they had no alternative but to abandon the show It was little thought at that time that five years would elapse before circumstances would allow of its resuscitation, and naturally irlieu c. rmvment was started for reviving the September event it was taken up with en- enthusiipri by all interested in agriculture. Though L-e Association had sustained serious loss bv t deaths of prominent subscribers during the lapse of the show, other liberal sup- porters were forthcoming to fill the gaps, and it was found possible to arrange a very attractive programme, the prize list totalling some £ 6oo. The entries numbered 530, or about double those of the iq 13 show, and a record exhibition was looked forward to. All that remained necessary was fine weather, but. unfortunately, hopes in this direction were not fulfilled. The elements were distinctly unfavoura ble, and the per- sistent rain, which at times assumed the pro- portions of a thorough downpour, greatly de- tracted from the enjoyment of the proceedings, and undoubtedly kept a large number of intend- ing visitors away. In spite of the wretched weather, however, there was a large crowd of people present, and the enthusiasts heroically endured to the end the worst that the Clerk of the Weather could do. The patron of the show was Major-General Lord Treoven, C.B., C.M.G., and the Association had secured a popular president in Col. E. Curre, -II.F.II., of Itton Court, Chepstow, than whom no man is more esteemed on the show ground or on the field of sport. Mr. Reginald Herbert of Clytha made an able chairman of the Committee of Management, which got to work in a very business-like manner. Mr. \V. M. Chadwick took on the secretarial duties for the first time, and discharged them most inde- fatigably, and with the energetic assistance of Mr. Harvey Thomas and the staff was largely responsible for the success of the show. The whole of the arrangements had been admirably carried out, and the preparation of the show ground in Bailey Park, which is one of the finest enclosures for such a purpose to be found any- where, left nothing to be desired. The various trade exhibits added much to the attractiveness of the show, and were inspected with interest by agriculturists and others. Prominent on Messrs. Jones Bros.' stand of motor vehicles was a fine new 5-ton Pierce-Arrow motor lorry, which has been acquired by Mr. \V. H. Gill, of 4 Breen" Tuad, for general hauling purposes, and which has already been in much demand for this class of work. Among other local trade exhibits were those of Mr. C. Howard, motor engineer, and Mr. W. Bevan, ironmonger. The Officers. The officers were as follows :âCommittee of Management Messrs. Reginald Herbert, Clytha Park (chairman) W. L, Thomas, Tredilion Park R. E.' Pritchard, Brvncaen H. Gething, Coed Glas V. Bosanquet, Penpergwm \V. Beer, Highmead, Llanvair W. L. Rogers, Crowfidù; Isaac George, The Grove, Mountain Ash Evm Griffith. Wernymelyn, Raglan John Lawson, Mardy Park; Philip Williams, Red House, Llansaintftraed; Morgan W. David, LlansantfEmed John Prichard, Glendower A. Rogers, Red Barn R. Johnson, Llanddewi Court J. Thomas, Angel Hotel Major B. W. N. W. Powlett, Ashgrove. Finance Committee Messrs. Reginald Herbert (chairman), F. Trevor Jones, r. L. Williams, W. Beer, Lewis J. Morgan, F. R. Britton, A. Rogers, Isaac George, Stanley Rawlins, J. Thomas. Luncheon Committee Major B. W. N. Powlett, Mr. Herbert Gething, Mr. Morgan W. David, Mr. J. Prichard. Hon. Auditor: Mr. F. R. Britton, Barclays Bank. Hon. Veterinary Surgeon Mr. W. G. Blackwell, M.R.C.V.S. Bankers The National Provincial Bank of England, Ltd. Secretary Mr. W. M. Chadwick. The following were the judges :â Hunters and Jumpers Mr. J. F. Twinberrow, White House, Suckley, Worcester; Mr. J. M. Curre, Barcher Cottage, Titley, S.O., Herefordshire. Harness horses and hacks Mr. A. G. Fennell, Llanishen Court, Usk. Agricultural horses Mr. James Edwards, Broadwall Hall, Leominster Mr. Alfred Harris, Pontymister Farm, nr. Newport. Colliery horses Mr. Arthur H. Jones, M.R.C.V.S., Lyndhurst, Merthyr Mr. J. H. MacLaren, Glyn Gwyn, Mountain Ash Mr. C. Jones, Llan- grwyney. Cattle Mr. Henry Moore, Shucknall Court, Hereford Mr. Richard Rees, Braddws, Three Cocks, Brecon. Sheep and pigs Mr. H. F. Perkins, Wyecroft, Monmouth Mr. R. Stratton, Dufiryn, Newport Mr. John Lawson, Mardy Park, Abergavenny. Horse shoeing F. J. Moon, M.R.C.V.S., Abergavenny. Dairv produce Miss Weatherston, County Dairy and Cheese School Instructress. As to the general exhibition, there were some excellent classes. A special feature this year were the pitter classes, which were exceptionally well filled and aroused much interest in the colliery districts. There were some big, strong horses, and competition was very keen, but the judges would like to have seen a bigger lot of brood mares in the pitter classes. Mr. W. D. Lane' P-eauty," which was the second in the class for the best cart mare or gelding suitable for underground work, was an excellent type, but lacked weight and size compared with the firstâMr. E. Lewis's Colonel." The two-vear- old cart horses were exceptionally good, and here again competition was very keen. There were good classes of cart mares and yearling colts, but it is a pity that there were not more entries. In the H.ref⢠.rd cattle the best were very good, but the classes tailed off considerably. 'The cattle no doubt suffered from the shortness of grass and the lapse of the show had also had a detri- mental dIect, while in addition a number of well-known breeders had fallen out since 1913. In the sheep classes there were some good ex- hibits, but not so many entries as might have I been expected. The dairy classes, for which prizes were given by the Monmouthshire Agri- cultural Education Committee, attracted some fine exhibits, which 0 were staged in a special -marquee. The chief interest of the spectator, of coarse, centred in the ring where the trotting and jumping classes were decided, and here there were some excellent performances over the course. It is interesting to note that Mr. Arthur H. Jones, of Merthyr, one of the judges in the pitter class and who has shown at Aberga- venny for N-ars, holds the record in the open jumping class with his Little John," which he recently 3.,ld, and which won the prize on three occasions and divided it on the fourth. Mr. F. Mills, D.L J.P., had a fine exhibition of short- horn Clè: entered hy Mr. A. Edwards, bailiL7, of Llwyndu Home Farm, who is founding the herd, and the animals were much admired by agricul'-v.rists generally. THE LUNCHEON. Luncheon was provided in a large marquee, the catering ibcwg in the hands of Mr. R. H. Stevens, of the Dorothy Cafe, who provided an excellent spread. Col. Curre presided, and ?]S Col. Ciirre PTesi(le(I ?ir -krt',ltir suppcrt-d by Mr. Reginald Herbert, Sir Arthur 1 Heroer?, Sir Henry and Lady Mather- Jackson, Mr 1, Forestier-Walker, M.P., Mr. F. Mills, D.L., J.P., Col. J. H. Walwyn, Mr. J. A. Herbert., AH.et..h? loyal tuast, the President proposed Success to the Show. He said he felt highly honoured at being asked to be the president for the first vear after the resuscitation of the show. We had gone through temble times, and he thought we had come through fairly well, and now that the clouds had cleared everywhere except in the skyâ(laughter)âthey were able to hold their show once again. If they held up through four years of misery during the war, he thought That they could hold up for four or five hours of an unpleasant day. (Hear, hear). He was glad to be informed that the success of the Association was assured by the large number of new .members. He understood that 62 new members had joined, one of whom (Mr. Forestier- Walker) was sitting next to him. That was one of the penalties of being an M.P. He had to join everything, and he was tsure lthat he would do his best to support everything that was worthy of support. He thought they could thoroughly congratulate themselves that the result of the last election had given to that division a man who represented every possible political com- plexion to the best of his ability. (Applause). He heartily wished every prosperity to the show, and he called upon to-respond to the toast a gentleman who had retained the affection of the people for yearsâthe sprightly and perennial Reginald Herbert, of Clytha. (Laughter o::<l i applause). Mr. Reginald Herbert, in response, said that he presumed that he was asked to resp( nd because he was chairman of the varinus com- mittees concerned in bringing that show to a successful termination. It took a considerable amount of energy to revive a show which had j been moribund for five or six years. They all very much regretted, the lamentable losses they I had sustained in their membership during the terrible war. From the late Marquess of Aber- gavenny down to Jack Forester, who hunted the hounds, there was an enormous loss to report, but he was glad to say that they had succeeded in obtaining liberal support in other directions, t and as for the weather-if they wanted to be certain of getting a rainy dfey they had only to advertise a peace celebrations or a horse show. It was sure to come off. (Laughter). Col. Curre had referred to the acquisition of new members, and that was a very great advantage for next vear. The finances were satisfactory, and he thought they owed a deep debt of gratitude to the members of the committee, who had worked so hard, and he only hoped they would be able to get their assistance next year. To quote the words of a very old song, he might say Do it again, and do it again you have done it so nice, so do it again. (Laughter and applause). Sir Henry Mather- Jackson proposed the toast of The President," and in doing so said that there was no one in the county who could more fittingly occupy the position than Col. Curre did that day. (Applause). He represented all that was best in the county. He also represented Bailey Park, in which they were assembled that dav. He had referred to the fact that there had been a long interval during the war, and they must all remember with gratitude the part that their President had taken during those momen- tous years. When war broke out he offered his services, and went out and served for a long time with our Army in Egypt. Coming home in- valided, he at once took up those local duties which before the war he had performed with such success, and during the war he had excelled himself in what he had done. He did good work in connection with the War Agricultural Com- mittee. He made them all plough, generally against their will, and not always with much success, but with a feeling that they were doing their little bit towards conquering the enemy. Then as the war developed and our gallant men from the front came back wounded and maimed, many of them for life, the position of chairman of the Pensions Committee was accepted and carried out by Col. Curre, and it could not be in better hands. The toast was honoured with enthusiasm, and Col. Curre suitably responded. I The Monmouthshire Hunt. Sir Arthur Herbert proposed the health of the Judges, and remarked that they were very pleased with the young entries. there was no reason why they should not improve thei breeding stocks. He hoped that now the show was restarted they would strive not only with horses, but with cattle, sheep and pigs, to keep up the reputation of this country. He was very glad to have that opportunity of speaking to farmers who lived in the area of the Monmouth- shire Hunt. He wanted to tell them that un- fortunately they had not got permission to hunt, owing to the attack of rabies in the neighbour- hood, but he was in hopes that these difficulties would be got over and that they would be able to start hunting on as good a footing as it was five years ago. He would do his best as long as he could to keep up the reputation of the Mon- mouthshire Hunt. He coupled with the toast the name of Mr. John Curre. Mr. J. A. Herbert proposed the toast of The Ladies," and said that at one time they were as unfamiliar figures as the Pussyfoots were in Abergavenny. (Laughter). Now that the ladies shared with their men not only the burdens of State but also the joys of the Aber- gavenny Horse Show, they were on quite a different footing. To-day was the beginning of a new era, and instead of the males having their lunch in splendid solitude they had the ladies with them. He stood for the new era. He coupled with the toast the name of Lady Jackson. Lady Mather- Jackson responded and said that the ladies were pleased to feel that they had played their part in the successful revival of the Abergavenny Horse Show. The winners in the wool classes, which were not published last week, were as follows :âFive fleeces of Shropshire wool 1, Mrs. Jones, Upper Triley; 2, Messrs. R. and J. Williams, Lower Pant. Five fleeces, cross-bred 1, T. Maddocks, I Tredilion 2, H. Davies, Penyclawd, Llanvi- hangel Crucorney. ââ- I

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