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CHESTER FOAL SHOW. « The fifteenth annual foal show under the auspices of the Chester Farmers' Club was held on Saturday at the Linen Hall. The event was favoured with beautiful weather, and there was a large attendance of farmers and gentle- men interested in horse-breeding around the enclosures during the afternoon. The entries numbered 112, a decrease of about ten compared with last year, and there was a distinct improve- ment all round in the quality of the animals shewn. This was particularly noticeable in the shires, which were by far the best lot ever shewn at Chester. Mention should first of all be made of the filly foals, among which the progeny of Mr. George Mullock's J.P. were especially successful, taking a first, third, and reserve cards. The same gentleman had entered a foal by the same sire which had won at the Cheshire Show, but as it had been sold in the interval to one of the gentlemen acting as judges cn this occasion, it was with- drawn from competition, and appeared in the ring for exhibition purposes only. The colt foals were also a very strong class, including several Birkenhead prize winners, while in the two-year-olds the first, third, reserve, and highly commended cards were carried off by the progeny of the Chester Club horse, Calwich Combination. The special prize of n offered by the Farmers' Club for the best colt foal by Nailstone Orthodox was secured by Mr. William Parker, of Handley, and that for the best filly foal, by Mr. Samuel Sherwin, Stapleford. The improvement in quality was not quite so noticeable in the light horses as in the shires, still there is an improvement 'year by year in this section, and on the present occasion the hackney class contained some particularly fine animals. The prize money won by Mr. J. W. Macfie, of Rowton Hall, one of the most enthu- siastic supporters of the show, was generously handed over to the tenant farmers. In the case of the executors of the late Mr. Chadwick, a similar course was adopted, the money being given in this instance to the club. The judging was entrusted to Messrs. It. Chapman and E. Mucklow (light horses), and John Stuart and Thomas Green (heavy horses), while the following gentlemen acted as stewards :—Messrs. W. E. Lea, W. W. Bower, J. Beecroft, and W. Dyke (light horses), T. J. Dutton, T. Moundfield, R. Jones and J. F. Pickering (heavy horses). The general arrangements were, as usual, efficiently carried out by the secretary (Mr. C. W. Dutton). THE LUNCHEON. A large company sat down to luncheon in a marquee erected on the ground, Mr. T. Moundfield, junr. vice-president of the club, occupying the chair. Mr. John Roberts, of Well House, Saltney, was absent owing to the illness of his wife. After the usual loyal toast, the Chairman proposed the healths of the judges, which was heartily received. Mr. E. Mucklow, in response, said it was now about six years since he came among them, and as regarded the heavy horse department he was very much struck by the distinct improvement in the exhibits. He expressed regret at the absence of Mr. Macfie, whose heart was in horse-breeding, and who did all he could to help the district as far as light horses were concerned.—Mr. John Stuart also replied.—Mr. Joseph Beecroft submitted the healths of the donors of the special prizes. He was sure Mr. Mucklow only expressed the views of every member of the Chester Farmers' Club in reference to Mr. Macfie, who not only gave these special prizes, but had allowed something like thirty farmers' mares to be served by his sires gratis. (Applause.) He thought Mr. Macne deserved every praise for this kind-hearted feeling he had shewn. They were also indebted to Mr. Storrar, Mr. Mullock, Mr. Chadwick, and others, who went in for heavy-horse breeding, and also to the members of the Cheshire Hunt, who had given them a subscription this year.- The toast was responded to by Mr. Mullock, and the Secretary read a letter from Mr. J. W. Macfie, who, writing from Midlothian, expressed regret at his inability to be present, and said: I hope the judges will be able again to express the opinion that there is an improvement in the quality of the exhibits both in the heavy and light horse sections. I am sending some entries, and should I be fortunate enough to win any prizes, I beg you to do the same as I have done before, and pass the prize-money on to the tenant farmers. ( Applause.) I am afraid I will not do anything this year, and will be truly pleased to be beaten by a tenant farmer. I trust there have been good entries for the hunter yearling class. I hope some day to see the farmers breeding nothing but the best class of shires, hunters, and hackney horses, and so it will be if the Chester Farmers' Club persevere in the same enter- prising way they have done in the past, and their experience in shires should give them every confidence and hope." The remaining toast was the health of the Secretary, proposed by Mr. Beecroft, who remarked that he could say without fear of contradiction that no club in the country had a better secretary than they possessed in Mr. C. W. Dutton. (Applause.) The toast was drunk with enthusiasm, and Mr. Dutton briefly replied. LIST OF AWARDS. The following were the awards CLASS A (agricultural colt foal).—1, r, and h c, P. Allen, Willaston; 2. Frederick Hall, Rowton; 3, T. J. Dutton, The Beeches, Saltney; c, Richard Dawson, Burton, Neston. CLASS B (agricultural filly foal).-i and 3, E. Evans, Belgrave, Chester; 2, J. Bentley, Stoak; r, John Hartahorne, Ecoleston h c, H. Moore, Moor-lane, Hawarden; c, T. J. Dutton, The Beeches, Saltney. CLASS C (agricultural colt or filly foal by any of Mr. Chadwick's horses), prizes given by the executors of the late Mr. Chadwick. 1, J. Bentley, Stoak, Chester; 2, r, and h c, P. Allen Willaston; 3, Frederick Hall, Rowton c, Joseph Hayes, Wervin, Chester. CLASS D (colt or filly foal by J.P.), prizes given by Mr. George Mullock, Poulton.-i and 2, E. Evans, Belgrave, Chester; r, John Hartshorne, Eccleston, Chester; h c, T. J. Dutton, The Beeches, Saltney. CLASS G (two-year-old agricultural gelding or filly).-I, Samuel Jones, Pool Hall, Little Sutton; 2, Thomas Buckley, Hatton; 3, George Denson, Picton; r, Joseph Beecroft, Duckington Grange, Malpas; h c, Benjamin Jones, Bretton, near Chester; c (twice), T. Dodd, Mollington, near Chester. CLASS H (yearling agricultural gelding or filly).-l, Mrs. Gaskell, Prenton, near Birken- head; 2, G. S. Brown, Bankfield, Eastbam; 3, W. Allen, Backford, near Chester r, S. Sherwin, Stapleford; h o, W. Parker, Stanney; c, W. Parker, Handley, near Chester. CLASS I (yearling agricultural entire colt).-I, Executors of the late S. B. Chadwick; 2, Henry Moore, Hawarden. CLASS J (hunter colt er filly foal).—1, Walter T. Gillham, Gorstella, Broughton 2, John Jones, Nag's Head, Farndon; 3, W. Fryer, Leighton Hall, Neston r, W. Jackson, Handley; h c, J. Bate, Golden Nook, Hargreave. CLASS K (roadster colt or filly foal).-I, 2, and r, J. W. Macfie, Rowton, Chester; 3, James Griffiths, Rake Farm, Hawarden; h c, W. Dyke, Pulford; c, T. Handley, Broughton. CLASS L (yearling hunter colt or filly), prizes given by a few hunting friends through Mr. J. Tyrer; exhibits to be bred and owned by bona-fide tenant farmers.—1, G. S. Brown, Bankfield, East- ham; 2, W. Parker, Stanney r, Walter S. Gillham, Gorstella, Broughton; h c, W. E. Lea Prior's Hey, Tarvin. CLASS M (yearling colt or filly foal by a registered hackney sire), prizes given by Mr. J. W. Macfie exhibits bred and owned by bona-fide tenant farmers. 1, James Griffiths, Rake Farm, Hawarden; 2, Joseph Jones, Doddleston; r, W. Williams, Blacon House Farm, Chester; h c, J. D. Dutton, Stud Farm, Whitby. CLASS N (two-year-old colt or filly foal by a registered hackney sire), prizes given by Mr. J. W. Macfie exhibits bred and owned by bona-fide tenant farmers. — 1, Jos. Hall, Birchdale, Frodsham 2, Thos. Minshall, Backford; r, Jos. Jones, Dodleston; h c, Thos. Mountfield, Jones' Farm, Kelsall. Special prize given by Mr. Storrar, jun., M.R.C.V.S., for the best colt or filly foal by High Sheriff.—1, T. Handley, Broughton; h c, Fred Lindop, Kinnerton. Special prizes given by Mr. Storrar, jun., for the best colt or filly foal by Lord Derwent.-I, W. Wainwright, Church Farm, Great Sutton; h c, M. Booker, Sealand.

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