AFFECT OF THE WAR
HUNTERS PURCHASED BY THE GOVERNMENT
Yesterday (Thursday), the 75th annual show of the Tring Agricultural Society was held in Tring Park. The weather was fairly fine, but there were a few showers in the afternoon. As a matter of fact, however, the show was influenced by something more serious than meteorological considerations - the war. The number of visitors was very poor, there being 8,050 at five o'clock as compared with last year's figure of 20,000. There was some discussion during the week as to the advisability of abandoning the show, but in view of the fact that a lot of material had been deposited on the show ground and the general inconvenience it would involve, it was decided to hold the show as it was feared that there would be a greater loss if it was abandoned than if it were held. Of course the military displays had to be cancelled, and to compensate for this the Committee of which Mr. F. J. Brown was again the energetic Secretary, introduced another jumping class and also musical chairs on horseback. During the afternoon a large Union Jack was floated in the centre of the ring, and this gave rise to an enthusiastic demonstration, while the National Anthem was played over twice by the band. Nearly every hunter on the ground was brought up for the Government by the Hon. A. Holland-Hibbert.
For the sake of comparison, we give the following table showing the entries in 1911, 1913 and 1914:-
...The harness classes were also a prominent feature, and the shire horses were excellent - perhaps better than last year - although several of the animals entered were unable to get through because of the disorganised railway service. ...
Bedfordshire Advertiser, 7th August, 1914
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