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-+ Llandefeilog Agricultural and Horticultural Society. TWELFTH ANNUAL SHOW. A HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL EVENT. The twelfth annual agricultural and horti- cultural show was held at LIamkfeilog on Frida.y. When this society was started 'J years ago it certainly appeared to be a very risky experiment. At that date agricultural shows were not so numerous in the county a' they are now and the holding of one in L district so remote from the railway as defeilog wai viewed with consi.dc! aide distru Tlie experiment, however, proved to be ? highly successful one. It was decided that the slioin- should only be open to the parishes of Lliangendei-rne, Llandefeilog, Llangunnor. St. Mary (Kidwelly), and St. Lsmaels. Tilt society wa.s asked at the start to make the show an open one, but they very w.sely d eline 1 to do so; and the result has been tha. the farmers of the five parishes have be able to compete amongst themselves free from the competition cf the professiona' exhibitors who are often the ruin cf local shows. The excellent example set by this society might well be foHowed by ethers whe find that it is not always easy to get entries in their own immediate neighbourhood. Several allows have recently been started in the immediate vicinity of Llandefeilog, but yet the older fixture manages to litill its own; and indeed there seems every prospect that the competition which has now fairly commenced will spur the committee cn to further efforts. The Llandefeilog people are not the kind who will lie down quietly, and give up the ghost in the face of competition. Although the morning had been rathei wet, the sky cleared up beautifully in the afternoon and there was a good attendance of spectators. Amongst those present were Mr and Mrs A. R. Gery, Mrs Gery. Mr H. V. Gery, Miss Gory, Mis-.es Nc<m niid Muriel Gery, Aliss Lambert, Ferryside Mr and Mrs W. F. D. Saunders, Glanrhwdw; Mr R. E Jennings and the Misses Jennings, Gellideg: Mr T. \Y. Barker and party, Oaklands; 11K Dr Lewis AViil'ams, Ferryside; Mr and MR J. A. Timmins and party; Mr D. Stephens. Aria is Mr John Francis, Mr Jack Francis, and the Misses Francis, Myrtle Hill Mr W. Vincent Howell Thomas, Carmarthen; Mi -e -k D. Howell Thomas, Starling Park; Mr and Mrs Maybery; Mr E. A. H. Harries, Carmar- then; Mrs W. 5. Williams and oarty, Picto-D I torrace, Carmarthen Mrs and the Misses Price, Glanmorlais; The Vicar of Llandefei- log Mr J. LI. Thomas. Tanlan Mrs and Miss Anthony, Cilveithy r etc. The president of the society for the year i" Mr A. R. G ery. Of his generous support of and valuable assistance to the society it ie not necessary ) speak at any great length. It is sufficient to say that everybody connec- ted with the shew admits that lie fills the pre- sidential chair in a manner well worthy of hit predecessors—which is saying a good deal in this case. Mr Gery was president before ill the year 1900, and everybody connected with the show would be verry glad to see him fill tint office again at no distant date. The president arrived before noon, escorted 1 J the Llansaiint Ban 1. Mr John Jones, of The Plas, Ferryside, is well known as an energetic and methodical worker in regard to every enterprise with which he is connected, and it is undoubtedly due to his labours that the show luas flora the .tita.rt achieved and maintained such t. successful record. Mr W. Jones makes ar. invaluable undor secretary. The ether offi- cials of the spoioty tare Viee-pre.sr:dents, M? D. Price. Mr W. B. Lowvv, Mr A. Brigstocke, Mr John Francis, Mr J. L. Thomas, aid Mr A. E. ll. Harries: Chairman of Committee. Aldorman R. W. Stephens, v_>eedybr»in: Vilce-ch airman, Mr T. Rees, Nar.tlhm Treasurer, Mr P. J. Wheldon, N.P. liank. Carmarthen; Vet. Surgeon, Sir J. Evans M.R.C.V.S., Ll a nelly Auctioneer, Mr Jack Francis. Carmarthen. The Judges were: Cattle, sheep, and pigs. Su- D. Burnett, Golden Grove Mr Key. Tyn vwern Light horses, Mr Robert Jones. Swansea Mr T .Nicholas. Pert Talbot Cart horses Mr Phillips, Caerlleon; Mr D. Recs. Ferndalo; Live poultry, Mr W. ViJJcnt Howoll Thenift Carmarthen Butter, cliees* and dead poultry, Mr W. J. Williams, St. Clears; Horticulture, Mr Tuberville, Palace, Abeilgwili: Judge and starter of races, Mr J Francis (senior), Carmarthen Measurer of horses, Mr J. Evian.s, M.R.C.V.S., Llanelly, and Mr Jack Francis. The Stewards were: Cattle, Mr Jones, Coodbach Mr J. Meres, Nantvgoitre Mr J Bowen, Lan House; Mr W. E- Da vies; Sheep and pi^s, Mr A. Thomas, Glanyrynis: Mr D. Jones, Cwm; Mr 0. Hordes, Gareg Sir All. Jones Penvbxck; Light lvcrses. Mr Thomas. Forest: Mr H. AVilliams, Crugan; j Mr W. Francis, Cmgmi Mr S. H. Anthony, Penlan Cart horses, Mr T. Rees, Nantllan Mr T. Ijowirt. Bent; Mr Thomas. Blaengwas- tod; Mr T. (Griffiths, Geily: Live rcultiy and dogs. Mr T. Tucker; Sir D. G. Anthony, CiLeothv: Sir J. ^vans. junr.. Gkmrhydw Mr D. Thomas. Penvfedw Butter, cheese, and dead poultry, Mr W. Morgairs. Tynewydd ,r G. Roes, Cwmi.slael Mr SI. Jones, Shop; Horticulture. Mr G. Reviion. Mr J. D. Jones. Mr J. Vaughnn. Sir W. E. Rees; Field Com- mittee, Sir T. Rees, Xantlvan Mr J. Bcv.'en, Lan House Sir D. Davies, Towy Castle. Therfc WIi: only a small show of black cattle, and Mr ft. AV. Stephens, of Coedy- brain, carried all before him. Of Shorthorns there'was a very good shew, and in the aged bull class. Mr D. Evan- Gwempa, "Pitlivie Governor'' (which w.as awarded second in the farmers' diss at the Welsh National), well maintained his for-rn and won easily. The second prize went to the progery of this bull, a useful animal. but not the best of colour. The yearling prize bull was a gi,,d fanner's .1>1111, but the second was some di.c; tance behind. The bull calves were the best claqr, in the department, the winner being a very promising young bull, but might be a little bit cveTdc-ne. The second was also a L vorv nice calf, and will, no. doubt, be heard of in the future. In the cow class, Mr Thomas GTI;ffith. cf Gelly. wen with his "Liglit Delilah," shown in good sfhow form, and his Rose" came a very close second. The third was also a veiy good animal. Sir T. Griffiths also won the yearling heifer class with a very nice man, which might have wen in much better company. This youngster has a future in front cf her if taken care of, In the class for heifer calves. Mr D. Evans. Gwempa. exhibited a .splendid young rcn-n animal, which in bigger shows could have held its own. The sheep were generally good throughout, but the best animal exhibited was a fine ram belonging to Mr John Jones, The PIas, Ferry- ^^ho heavy horses made an excellent display the-re being two or three animals in each class fit to be exhibited in any show. The winners in the two-year-olds and three-year- olds were exceptionally good animals in size and quality, and with plenty of bene. The ch for 'colliers contained many typical horses, and was undoubtedly a good class. The open clasjs fcr gelding or mares produced keen competition, the piozo horses Iveing ie the opinion of the judges Oaklev Harrie-, Gasrreg, maintained h:s. repu- tation as a breeder of shires, and b-s ohesnut X\C^TRNTX?' CLXOIILD have any diffi. culty in winning at Cardiff Coming to the light horses, they were on the wthole a very gocd lot. there being some fine exhibits in the 'harness classes and also in the hackneys. The ring produces a mm- culty and should be made larger, and the hurdles, etc.. for jumping," should follow j round the ring instead of being placed on 4b!) of one another as at present. The attention of the committee to thin defect next year would bring about a greí1t improvement. The hncknpy brood mares were a ftlit. V gcod lot, and in the suckling co-It or filly of any other breed except- cartei-s, a splendid rampo- tition was witnessted. Tlie majority or the exhibits wore hackneys, and others were^ or the hunter type. The winners in the hyo- year-ol-d c!ia.sis were nice qnøEity animals, out the remainder were only average. In the yearling pony classes, the judges were vol y pa-rtiontar. and they must be commended for confining themselves strictly to the, wording of the class, viz., "yearling pony." A few hackneys were shown, but the judges would have none of them. The ponies sho.wn were typical Welsh ponies, especially the first and ficotnd which were really good specmiens Mr Moses, N'antvgoitre. exhibited a beautiful little brood The open class for cobs not exceeding 1 11 hands to be ridden, was a splendid the prizeanimah being of tii > nijwht sort. The winner was a very nice brc'W'ii, qulalitv mare, with gocd nnners. In the open hackney class, to be ridden, ur Mathias' "Lord Sloe" was placed first. Mr y. H. Anthony's "Aristocrat" second, and Mr J I^ew'S "Antwn Swell" (sire Lord I)aere), third. The cLass for the best foal got by the hackney stallion, "I.ord Dacre," eolltlide, I a very nice lot of promising youngsters, which did ci-cdi;t to their sire. The winners were beauties, and will no doubt render go id accounts of themselves in the future. I he ha< mess class confined to tenant farmers was veil fillel, iand the quality superior. The oipen harness class was small, but good. Mr Oakley Harries, Garreg, with "(Jarreg Lady Woo-deock" ca,rried off the Welsh Pony and Cob Society Sledal for the best mare entered or e..gible for entry in the Society' book. The pony and galloway races attracted much attention, and great interest was evinced in the keenly contested competitions. The dairy produce was a highly creditable feature of the sho-w. The fresh butter, in particular, would rival that shown at the best exhibitions in the kingdom. Th-eire was a very nice show of poultry, although the entries were not so numerous in this section as tihey have been at some, pre- vious sho-ws. Good quality was shown in the Orpington and Leghorn classes in particular. The garden produce was highly satisfac- tory, particularly in regard to the fruit- and the vegetables. There was really better com- petit:on in the farmers and cottagers classes than in the open section. The eating apples and the peas and beans call for special praise. THE LUNCHEON. A public luncheon was held at 1 p.m. in the schoolroom. The chair was occupied by Mr A. R. Gery. The usual loyal toasts were proposed by the Rresident. and received with musical honours. The President proposed the toast of "Suc- cess to the Llandefeilog Show." In doing so said that he knew he was proposing a senti- ment which he knew would be acc-epted by everyone present. They all felt great satis- faction at the success wlhieh the show had achieved from the start. It was new eleven years sinoe the first show had been held at Llandefeilog in the year 1895. He was sorry to .say that lie was old enough to remember that the quality of the stock then was quite different to that which was then brought under their notice. In the improvement of the stock which had been brought about, the~y might congratulate themselves on the fact that the object with which the thow had been started had been achieved. The stock that he found in the district was infinitely better than it was 11 years ago. Tlie re were many subjects on which he could touch in leafing with this matter. He might tell them that the entries were 320 in number that for a local show was eminently satisfac- toay. Llandefeilog would bear comparison with iany local show in South Walej. The cattle and the horses were exceedingly good, and altogether the show was highly satisfae t-ony. He need not dilate on the various exhibits which they had seen that day. He asked them to drink the sentiment which was in the heart of all of them—that Llande- feilog show might flourish for ever. Mr R. E. Jennings, J.P., Gellideg proposed the toast of the President. In doing so he said he could only repeat what he had said in a previous occasion that they were much obliged to rGory for the 11e12 he had given them. Mr Gery was a man of great energy and ability which he wished to apply for the benefit of his fellow-creatures. He was not a landed proprietor nor a resident in the dis- trict, and they were therefore greatly obliged to him for the assistance which he had given them. In proposing the toast, he (Sir R. E. Jennings) would like to include also the name of Mrs Gery, whose personal attractions were at least equal to those of Mr Gery him- elf. L- e hcipcc1 that Mr Gery would attend here on many future occasions. As ta landed proprietor in "the district, he (Sir Jennings) had private (reasons for returning Mr Gery thanks for his assistance. There were not so Tiany landed proprietors resrdent in the dis- trict who were willing to help them. The toast was received with musical honours. The President in responding Mid that the nanner in which Mr Jennings had proposed the toast, and the manner in which fit had been received by them was highly gratifying to him. He could -a.-rsure them that his heart was with tli-cmi, and tbait it was always a iati«fact:on and a pleasure to him to come to that district. He could not help thinking that a gocd deal of the eulogy which had been o-ronounced was due to the cjiiiarter to which Mr Jennings had referred. When lie re- ferred to Sirs Gery it was very difficult for him to express his gratitude for the way i -]I the remark had been received. Her heart was as much with them as his was; and the wish cf them both was to live in peace and concord with everyone in the district (applause). Mr J. A. Timmins in proposing the tonst of ch -Judges sa id that ho had been at the rh I" on many previous occasions, and he had hardly ever sren « finer collection of animals than there were there that day. Many of the animals shown there had taken prizes at .Vbelystwith. He was sure that the judges must have had n very difficult task in select- ing the winnere from such a fine lot of ani- mals, and ho had no doubt that the awards of the judges would meet with universal approval. Sir John Phillips said that he thought tne had improved wonderfully since he had been there before. Llandefeilog had of the best horses in the county. The Stud Company's horses had been traveling there from Llanelly and they were patronised by all the farmers. The horses were very good, especially the two-year-old carters and the suckers. There were some gcod specimens of yearlings, and the brood mares were far suprior to what lie had seen en previous occasions. "Success to Llandefeilog Show I sav." Sir Robert Jones and Mr D. Burnett also responded. Mr John Francis said that he knew some- thing of Llondofeilog, and the toast which h° was gr>ir to propose was of those whom he. considered the very life of the sccnety that- is of the officials'^ He did not believe that there was a show in the county which had better official" No one thought thot he was doing more than the others; but all desired to do as much as possible to make it a success. With this toast lie coupled the names of Alderman H. W. Stephens, Ceedy- brain, the chairman of the committee, ana -ii., John the secretary. Mr Stephens was always on the spot. He had always worked hard and never better than this year. What they would have done without their secretary. Sir John Jones, of the Plas, he did net know. Mr Jones was a splendid man. He (Sir Francis) only wished he had Mr Jones with him. He Hever forgot to ask any person whom he thought likely to rart with half a siovereign, and he got it too (laughter). He '!I, -Illd lie gc.t or r Francis) had had a little to do with shows and it was only tihe-e who had some knew- irdo-e cf the NN-C" who could realtse what it was tc be a secfretary. Mr R. Stephens, in respoiuh"^ said that the committee had worked together very h:11mOn;,lllslv for the last twelve years. He that they would continue so, a: long as they were spared to do the work So long as thev gTt such rrosiidents from year to year as thev were —etting. the Society "w ould go on flourishing. They always made a pent of having good judges, so that the ccmpeti- t/r.'s c11:1 have every confidence in their decision's. He had heard a story which showed thmt that was not the clise every- where. A competitor P!" a show once sont t1, hn.ni. After the show he com- r-vined that his heifer only got swond prize. (<VP;S," .said the judge, "but the owner cf the heifer that got iir-st^prizc sent me a whole pi^. Mr John Jones in responding said that it was a great pleasure to him to act as secre- tary as ]on,, as tihey had ladies and gentle- men to support tihoim, they would be able to keen the show going. They li-id a good com- mittee and as far as he could see this show was as good as any cne thev had had. LIST OF AWARDS. BLACK CATTLE. Corn- in milk or in calf 1, 2. and h.c., -At,- R. W. -Stephens, Coedybrain, "Lady," "Love- ly," and "Blackey." SHORTHORN OR ANY OTHER BREED. Bull of two years and upwards: 1, Mr Dd. Evans, Gwetmpa, "Pitlivie Governor" 2, Mr J. Evans, Glanirhydw, "Prince" he., Mr D. Griffiths. Llochdiwtnv, "Sloonshine" • c., Mr T. Griffiths, Gelly. Yearling bull: 1, Mr John Lewis, Pontan- twn Farm: 2, Mr T. Griffiths, Golly, "11on- arch 3, Sirs Williams, C-oedlline; he., Sir Richard Sloses, Nantygoitre-uchaf. Bull 03. under 12 months old: 1, Mr Dd. Thoir.as, Blaenyfan, "White Rosette" 2, Mr W. Stephens, Bridgend; hc. and c., Sir T. Griffiths, Gelly. Cow (except Black, in milk or in ciaJ"): 1, 2, and 3, and c. (twice). Mr T. Griffiths, Gelly, "Lighi Delilah," "White Rose," and "Deiilaih T\T." he., Sir D. G. Anthony^ Gardde, Kidwelly.

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