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THE GREAT METROPOLITAN HORSE SHOvV. The great horse show at the Agricultural-hall has be- come an institution, looked forward to with pleasure not only by the admirers of the noble animal, the horse, but as the re-union which brings together the elite of both sexes and adds a feature to the London season. Fol- lowing the Isthmian games, as Lord Palmerston was wont to call the Epsom meeting, the horse show is an attraction which holiday seekers regard as much as the race for the Derby. The weather was most unpro- pitious for both events; on Epson Downs there was a great falling off in consequence of the cold, rain, hail, and even snow, but at the Agricultural hall on Saturday, the opening day the number of persons attending were larger, the arrangements more perfect, and the people more pleased than on any previous occasion that we have been present. This is the fourth annual gathering since the erection of the Agricultural-hall, and there is no doubt that the present year has been the greatest success hitherto obtained. The general excellence of nearly all the classes of horses exhibited-the single exception, perhaps, being the weight-carrying hunters—made it a difficult task for the judges to award the prizes, As to the general arrangements, there can be no doubt that the directors of the Agricultural-hall, with Mr. Sidney as their manager and secretary, did all they could to cater to the comfort and convenience of the public, as well as the animals entrusted to their care and keeping during the show. Reserved seats and galleries of the most commodious character were erected on either side of the hall, from which a most excellent view of the judging, and the jumping of the hunters, and other proceedings in the ring, could be viewed with advantage without fear of danger. The thanks of the ge directors and the thanks of the public must be alike due to Mr. Sidney for his able management. It was not like a common horse show, but the spectators viewed it as they would horsemanship in Rotten-row or in an amphitheatre.. j-j 4. On the opening day (Saturday) the judging did not commence quite so early as usual, but there was deep interest manifested in the proceedings, and the directors of the hall proved their good generalship by reducing the charge from five shillings to half-a-crown. The effect of this was that whilst the number of visitors were six or eight times in excess of those of any previous year on the first day's show, the enormous string of car- riages which lined Islington-green on both sides and for an immense distance down the Lower-road bore ample testimony to the fact that the company was not in the slightest degree less respectable, and the extra charge for the reserved seats and those of the orchestra was a full equivalent for any deduction made in the price of admission on the first day. The reason of the concentration of the carriages this year all on the Islington-green side was in conse- quence of the directors having determined, with a view to prevent draught, complained of in previous years, as being calculated to injure the horses, on closing the Liverpoo!-i;oad entrance entirely. One season, perc-ags,. for the exteosflwaary number of persons present, more especially of ladies, who graced the 5s. gallery, was the anticipation that the Prince of Wales would be present, and we heard frequently the whisperings of fair ladies, Has the Prince arrived ? but they were doomed to disappointment. This was tke only drawback to the enjoyment, the feats of horse- manship, the splendid animals exhibited, and the good order observed, appeared to please the gentler sex as much as their ords and, must we say, their masters. Everything was so well arranged that all present knew to whom the prizes were awarded without looking to the papers the following morning. The judges, composed of lords and commons, assembled in the centre of the ring, and a printed notice was stuck up-" No. 1, be ready." Presently horses in Class No. 1 appeared in the ring, went through their paces, jumped their fences, &c., each horse having the number on his head, and each rider the number on his hat, so that by the catalogue every one knew the horse and to whom it belonged, and so on to 2, 3, 4, &c. The judges having awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize, stuck the number up in slides, similar to the plan resorted to on a race- course. The excitement was sometimes great, for spec- tators made up their minds that certain favourites of their own selection would obtain the prize, and would bet slight wagers upon the result, thus keeping up quite a sensational feeling. Without doubt the most interesting portion of the Z, horse show was the jumping of the hunters, and as it was known that these mounts take place during the afternoon, between two and three o'clock on Saturday and Monday the building filled rapidly, and the boxes and reserved seats were crowded by fashionably-dressed ladies. Amongst those who mounted some of the hunters and showed her powers of equitation was the celebrated lady equestrian Mrs. Beverley. The applause which greeted this lady on Saturday as she took the hurdles was loud and general, and the excitement throughout exceedingly great. It is impossible to go into anything like details of the merits of any particular horses in an exhibition like this, but generally speaking the show was considered a very good one, and some of I the smaller specimens in harness were perfect gems. The show, as usual, was not confined alone to horses. The Islington-arcade entrance was very neatly fitted up for the exposition of carriages of various descriptions, novelties in the shape of harness, and domestic con- veniences. Thus we had Messrs. Windover with their patents for carriages; Mr. Ayshford, of the Royal Britannia Works, Fulham, with his celebrated Middle- sex dog-carts Mr. Lyons, of Windmill-street, with his patent pea-sheller, which shells a peck of peas in about five minutes sewing machines of every variety and there was also a Reform Dairy Company, the object of which is to effect a "reform" in reference to the ordinary dilution and adulteration of that necessary article of consumption—milk. In the galleries there were what is called the "Vowel" Washing machine, and a variety of other inventions. Taken as a whole, the show was without doubt one of the most useful as well as the most interesting exhibitions in London. AWARD OF PRIZES. The following is the correct list of the awards, made: up to the close of the show on Saturday evening CLASS 1.—HUNTERS (weight carriers, equal to not less: than 15 stone). First prize of J2100 to No. 8, Major Stapylton, Mytton Hall, Borobridge, Yorkshire Sprig of Nobility, bay, 16 hands 2 inches high, 7 years bred by Mr. Clarke by Sprig of Shillelagh out of a mare bred by Mr. Booth. A perfect weight-carrying hunter. Price 650 guineas. Second prize of X40 to No. 50, Mr. Joseph Gilman, 148, Lancaster-street, Birmingham Little John, brown,, 16 hands 1 inch high, 7 years believed to be by Tom Steel. A first-class weight-carrying hunter. Price X500. Third prize of Y,20 to No. 28, Henry William Deacon, Esq., Ropley-cottage, Alresford, Hants Priest, grey, 16 hands 1 inch high, 5 years; bred by exhibitor; s. Speed the Plough. Price 300 guineas. The judges upon this class remark that they regret the quality and power of the horses exhibited in this class are not commensurate with the liberal prizes they have been called upon to award. CLASS 2.—HUNTERS (without conditions as to weight). —First prize of 150 to No. 64, Mr. Henry Sanders, Brampton-hill, Northampton; Brayfield, bay gelding, 16 hands high, 5 years; bred by Mr. Charles Sergeant by Vortex; d. Lurcher, by Dreadnought, g. d. by Pioneer. A fine fencer and good hunter. Second prize of £25 to No. 84, Henry Spencer Lucy, Esq.; Goldfinder, dark chestnut, 16 hands high, 8 years. A good hunter. Price 350 guineas. Third prize of zel5 to No. 75, Walter de Winton, Esq., Maescelwch Castle, Glasbury, Hereford Springy Jack, bay, 16 hands high, 7 years s. Spanish Jack. Price 200 guineas. CLASS 3.—HUNTERS (without conditions as to weight, and not exceeding 15 hands 2 inches higii).-First prize of X40 to James Morrison, Esq., Hazelden, Newton Mearns, by Glasgow Countess, chestnut, 15 hands high, 6 years. Bought in Ireland, a good hunter. Price 100 guineas. Second prize of X20 to Horace Beck, Esq., Harpley, Brandon Hawk, chestnut, 15 hands 2 inches high, 6 years. Bred in Ireland. Third prize of Y,10 to No. 101, Mr. R. John Moss, Wellington, Salop Othello, black, 15 hands 2 inches high, 6 years, by Hunting Horn, d. by Old Bran. CLASS 4.—HUNTERS (four years old).—First prize of X50 to No. 115, Thomas Gee, Esq. Tom, black brown, < 16 hands 1 inch high, 4 years; bred by Mr. Taunton Rasclef, near York; s. Serenade. A good hunter. < Second prize of £ 25 to No. Ill, Mr. James Topham, The Hemplow, Welford Rugby, 4 years, bred by ex- hibitor. The judges remark as their opinion that this is a very fine class. They then proceeded to judge the stallions. CLASS 14.—STALLIONS (THOROUGH BRED).—-First prize of X40 to No. 301, Captain F. Barlow, Hasketon, near Woodbridge, Suffolk False Alarm, chestnut, 16 hands high, 5 years; bred by Lord Spencer; by Trumpeter out of Treacherous, by Pantaloon. Second prize of X20 to No. 303, J. B. Starky, Esq., Longworth, Farringdon, Berks; Beckhampton, bright bay, 15 hands 3 inches high, 4 years bred by John Watson; by Loupgarou out of Pet Lamb, by Melbourne out of Louise, by Sir Hercules (see Stud Book," vol. x., p. 278). For sale. The judges for the foregoing classes were the Earl of Portsmouth, Lord Suffield, and Capt. Percy Williams. They were then relieved by the fol- lowing gentlemen who judged during the remainder of the day's show-viz., Sir John Trollope, Bart., M.P. Sir George Wombwell; Colonel Maude, C.B. and Col. Kingscote, M.P. CLASS 15.—STALLIONS (not less than 15 hands high, for getting roadsters and hacks) .—First prize of zC20 to No. 327, Mr. John Grout, Bull Hotel, Woodbridge, Suffolk; Quick- silver, Shales, chestnut, 15 hands 2i inches high, 5 years bred by David Ground, Whittlesea, Cambs. s. Quick- silver, g. s. Performer, g. g. s. Old Prickwillow, g. g. g. s. Phenomenon, d. by Shales, g. d. by Flamings, g. g. d. bv Diamont. Second prize of X15 to No. 328, Mr. John Grout; Sportsman, brown, 15 hands 2 inches high, 5 years; s. Sportsman, d. by Oakley. Third prize of £5 to 329, Mr. John Edwards, Ealing Paddock, Ealing, Middlesex; Shepherd F. Knapp, chestnut, 15 hands 1 inch high, 10 years; bred in America; by Eaton out of Fanny (Arabian). The fastest trotter and grandest goer in Europe. (Also in Class V., No. 141.) CLASS 16.—STALLIONS (under 15 hands, for getting hacks, cobs, or ponies;.—In this class there was no first prize awarded for want of sufficient merit. Second prize of plo to 333, John Delamare Lewis, Esq., Westbury-house, Petersfield, Hants; Golden President, chestnut, 14 hands 3 inches high, 4 years bred by Mr. Brown, Butterwick s. President Junior, by Bay President, d. by Young Lottery, g. d. by Royalist, g. g. d. by Woldsman. Price, 100 guineas. Third prize of £5 to 336, lergus Ferguson, Esq., Risby-park, Beverley, Yorkshire Arab brown, 14 hands 3 inches high, 6 years; bred by exhibitor; by Sportman, d. Orion, g. d. Wanton. The judging of classes, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 13, Z, hacks and ponies, then took place with the following results' CLASS 6.-COVER HACKS AND ROADSTERS (not ex- ceeding 15 hands 1 inch high).—First prize of X15 to 161, Earl of Rosslyn, Easton-lodge, Dunmow, Essex the Dean, dark brown, 14 hands 1 inch high, 7 years. Price 300 guineas. (Also for Gold Medal.) Second ,prize of X10 to 147, Mr. Thomas W. Marshall, 5, High-street, Islington Tom, chesta j" 1 t hands 2 inches high, 4 years s. Quicksilver. L1') s.iie. Third prize of £5 to 160, Thomas D n-! j1. Esq., 121, Piccadilly; Bismarck, chestnut ro i, i. t :i hands high, 5 years bred by Mr. Hillard, near Lambourn. CLASS 7.—PARK HACKS (weight carriers) not less than 14 hands 2 inches, not exceeding 15 hands 2 inches high.—First prize of X20 to 184, Major Stapylton, 6, Charles-street, Berkeley-square, Mytton-hall, Yorkshire Stamford, grey, 15 hands 2 inches high, 8 years. Price 500 guineas. Second prize of £10 to 169, Thomas Johnson, Esq., District Bank, Northallerton, Yorkshire Greyleg, chestnut, 15 hands high, 5 years by Serenader d. by Performer. Price 200 guineas. Third prize of X5 to 176, Mr. Jonas Webb, Melton Ross, Ulceby, Lincolnshire; Brunette, black brown, 15 hands g inch high, 7 years; s. Cornerstone. A good cover hack, and up to any weight. CLASS 8.—PARK HACKS AND LADIES' HORSES of any height (not exceeding 15 hands 1 inch high). First prize of X20 to No. 200, Mr. G. Holmes, Newbegin, Beverley Deerstalker, black brown, 15 hands 3 inches, 6 years; bred at Rawcliff Stud Farm, York by Moun- tain Deer out of Bell, by Melbourne (see Stud Book, vol. x. p. 30). A perfect lady's horse, and will also make a first-rate charler. Second prize of 110 to No.,203, Robert Campbell, Esq., Army and Navy Club The Peer, chestnut, 15 hands 3 inches high. Price 300 guineas. Third prize of X5 to No. 196, Alexander Barker, Esq., Hatfield, near Doncaster Sultana, brown, by Gobbo. A fine hack and accomplished huntress. CLASS 9.—PARK HACKS AND LADIES' HORSES (not ex- ceeding 15 hands 1 inch high).—First prize of 920 to No. 218A, Henry Westropp, Esq. Peggy, brown, 15 hands, 5 years, by the Pope. Price 50 guineas. Second prize of £10 to No. 218, John R. Kirby, Esq 76, Inverness-terrace Violet, chestnut mare, 15 hands 1 inch high, 6 years. Third prize of X5 to No. 222, John Delaware Lewis, Esq., Westbury-house, Peterfield, Hants Bridesmaid bay, 15 hands high, 6 years. A good hack. Price 100 guineas. CLASS 10.—PARK HACKS AND LADIES' HORSES (not exceeding 14i hands high).—First prize of Y,20 to No. 242. William Henry Grant, Esq., Old Thomville, Kirkhammerton, York Pinwire, chestnut, 14 hands If inches high, 4 years. A good cover or park hack. Second prize of £10 to No. 246, Mr. John Grant, Bull Hotel, Woodbridge Unique, chesuut, 13 hands 3 inches high. Third prize of 25 to No. 228, Mrs. Spence, Deanfield- house, Weston, near Otley, Yorkshire Black Bess, black, 14 hands 2 inches high, 7 years; s. Diamond, bred by Mr. W. Dryns, Dilham, Norfolk. Lady's horse Price 100 guineas. CLASS 13.—PONIES (not exceeding 12 I hands high, to carry children).—First prize of X5 to No. 288, Mr. John William Richardson, farmer, Willoughton, Lincolnshire; Uncle Tom, brown, under 12 hands high, 7 years. Price 60 guineas. Second prize of £ 3 to No. 293, W. H. Stone, Esq., M.P., Dulwich-hill, Dulwich; Billy, dark chestnut, 11 hands 3 inches high, 8 years. Third prize of X2 to No. 289, Mr. J. Sykes Calthrop, Moulton, Lincolnshire; brown, 11 i hands high, 5 years. A first-rate harness and riding pony. On Monday, shortly before three o'clock, Sir George Woiiibwell,&Bart., and Colonel Maude, C.B., the judges for harness horses, entered the arena, and Class 5, Harness Horses not exceeding 15 hands high, com- menced. In this class the prizes were for horses of the best shape with park action, exhibited in single harness with suitable carriages. The first prize of £15 was awarded to 138, Mr. John R. Kirby, of Inverness-terrace, The second of XIO, to No. 135, Captain Spiers, M.P., Fusilier Guards. The third of X5 to No. 133, Mr. Thomas Bradfield, of Bishop Stortford. CLASS 11.—Ponies (not exceeding 14 hands).—The first prize of X15 to No. 268, Mr. James Wilson, of Cedar-cottage, Enfield. The 2nd of X10 to No. 262, Mr. William Burton, High-street, Marylebone. The 3rd of Z5, to No. 266, Captain Spiers, Fusilier Guards. No. 269, belonging to Mr. Potter, of Bury St. Edmunds, was highly commended. CLASS 12.—Ponies (not exceeding 13 hands in single harness).—The first prize of X15 was awarded to No. 282, Mr. W. F. Pilcher, Russell-square. The second of £10 to No. 277, Mr. John William Richardson, of Willoughton, Lincolnshire. And the third of Y,5 to No. 283, Mr. Lewis Myers, Myddelton-square. In the extra prize tor harness pairs there were only two. in the ring for competition. The prize was awarded amidst general acclamations to Captain Spiers, Fusilier Guards. The jumping of the hunters afterwards took place, and created much amusement, and the parade of the prize horses excited much interest.

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