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at racing pace. Why should we notice this incident ?
Because he invariably sends along his 'quads' much
straighter than many a younger hand, and we sincerely
hope that his successor, whoever he may be, will follow
his example, and be as staunch after the 'abomination.'"
The writer at the time little thought that his wish
would be so fully gratified as it was in the following
year when Major-General Hon. A. Hardinge, General
Travers' successor, rode " Favonius " to second place in
the Hog Hunter's Cup. Since then the late General
Sir Herbert McPherson and H.R.H. the Duke of Con-
naught have, while Generals Commanding the Meerut
Division, made their mark as pigstickers.

In 1874 the conditions of the cup competition were
changed, it became the " Kadir Cup " and was run after
pig, with the long spear. In addition to the " Kadir
Cup," the Meerut Tent Club give another annual cup
called the " Hog Hunter's Cup." This is a steeplechase
on a made course for bond fide pigstickers.

The following is the list of winners of the Kadir
Cup :



Date.


Owner.


Horse.


No. of 1

starters.


?] 1869
|| 1 1870


Mr. Biddulph
Capt. Ravenhill, R.H.A.
Capt. Ravenhill, R.H.A.
Capt. Philips, 4th Hussars
Capt. Studdy


g.a.h. Sheikh
b.w.g. Ranger
b.w.g. V.C
g.a.h. Jurham
g.a.g. Cato






204 PIGSTICKING OR HOGHUNTING.



Date.


Owner.


Horse.


No. of
starters


1874


Capt. White, 1 5th Hussars


g.a.h. Mo, g.a.h.


24






Hindoo, left in








final tie




1875


Mr. Jeffreys, R.A


b.a.h. Bobby


17


1876


Capt. White, 1 5th Hussars


b.a.h. Joe ....


15


1877


Capt. St. Quintin, loth


g.a.h. Vivian


27




Hussars






1878


MajorGrant,4th Hussars


b.w.n.Kate Kearney


32


1879!


No cup on account of






i88oj


Afghan War.






1881


Mr. Grenfell, loth


ch.a.b. Maidan ....


24




Hussars






1882


Hon. G. Bryan, loth


g.a.h. Grey Dawn


37




Hussars






1883


Capt. Baden-Powell, I3th


ch.c.b. Patience ....


54




Hussars






1884


Maj. Keir, R.H.A


b.c.b. John o' Gaunt


38


1885


Maharaj Rana Dholeoore


b.a.h. Red Prince


39


1886


Mr. J. Rees .... * ....


ch.c.b.g. Jack


50


1887









Ten contests, in which seven Arabs, one Waler, and two country -
breds won.

83. Ganges Cup. The " Ganges Cup," value about
500 Rs., is given annually by the Cawnpore Tent Club.
The following are its conditions :

" Any one entering a horse must be a subscriber to the
Cawnpore Tent Club for the current season. Catch-
weights. Owners up. Any owner unable to ride must
put up a weight not less than his own, provided that in
no case shall any owner be compelled to put up more
than fourteen stone. Spears not to exceed 6J feet in
length, and to be used over hand.

" To be run for about the first week in April. The
exact date will be notified hereafter. The contesting
spears to be divided by lot into parties of not more than
four.



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205



" The parties will, as far as possible, be so arranged
that any owner entering two horses will be able to ride
them both. With this object every owner entering more
than one horse must declare before the parties are drawn
which is his first, second, etc., horse.

" The parties to be started by an umpire, who will ac-
company them. The takers of the first spear in each
party to contest for the final spear and cup. It is not
necessary for the first spear that the pig be killed. No
spear delivered on the near side to count.

" Any dispute arising about first spear to be left to the
decision of the Committee, as to whether the course be
run again or not. The Committee reserve to themselves
the power of excluding any horse.

" First entry, one gold mohur.

" Second entry, up to and including the day before the
race, two gold mohurs."

The following are the winners of the Ganges Cup :



Date.


Owner.


Horse.


1875


Mr. W. C. Wyllie


b.a.h. Uriah the Hittite.


1876


Mr. A. W. Cruickshank


b.a.h. The Moor.


1877
1878


Hon. C. Cavendish, loth Huss.
Mr. C. F. Knyvett


b.w.g. Fop.
g.cb.g. Wild Tommy.


1879


Mr. G. T. Spankie


b.w.m. Princess.


1880


Hon. G. Bryan, loth Hussars


g.a.h. Uncle G.


1881


Capt. Longbourne, 6th Regt


g.a.h. Barsac.


1882


Hon. G. Bryan, loth Hussars


g.a.h. Uncle G.


1883


Maharaj Rana Dholepore


ch.a.h. Red Prince.


1884


Capt. K. M'Laren, I3th Hussars


b.w.m. Kate.


1885


Not run.




1886


Sirdar Indurbir Sing


b.w.m. Hagarene.


1887


(No meeting owing to too dense






jungle).





Eleven contests, in which six Arabs, four Walers, one country-
bred were winners.



206 PIGSTICKING OR HOGHUNTING.

84. The other Ctips. The " Bheema Cup" was
given annually by the Poona Tent Club, to be contested
with long spear.

It has unfortunately not been contested the last year
or two on account of scarcity of pig, opposition of
landowners, and want of countenance generally.

The following were the rules under which it was
conducted :

1. Catch-weights, owners up. In the event of an
owner having two horses in one heat or being disabled
he may put up a rider, who must be a member of the
Poona Hunt, and of not less weight than himself.

2. Contesting spears to be divided into parties of
four, and the takers of first spear of each party to
contend for final spear and cup. Spears not to exceed
8 feet in length.

3. To take first spear it is not necessary that the hog
should be killed, but blood must be drawn.

4. Spears to be delivered on the off side only, un-
less by a left-handed man, who must declare before
starting.

5. An umpire will accompany each party, who will, if
possible, settle all disputes, but who can, if in doubt,
submit the point to the Hunt Committee.

6. Any rider making a frivolous objection, or claiming
first spear when the claim thereto cannot be substantiated,
will be fined one dozen of champagne.

7. Foul riding is not allowed. Intentional collision
between riders or horses constitutes foul riding, and
conviction thereof will disqualify.

8. To avoid an owner having two or more horses in
one heat (except the final), each owner will on entering
name his horses as first, second, or third. The first will



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207



be drawn with the horses of those who have one entry.
The second horses will be divided into heats, and the
third and fourth be made up into heats according to
numbers.

The following are the winners of the Bheema Cup :



Date.


Winner.


Horse.


No. of
starters.


1881

1882
1883
1884


Capt. Hore
Mr. Marriott, Poona Horse
Mr. N. Symons
Mr. J. L. Symons ...


b.a.h. Butterfly ....
b.a.h. Mercury ....
g.a.h. Woodpigeon
b.w.g. Kestrel


28
35

22

.3



Four contests, in which three Arabs and one Waler were winners.

THE GUJERAT CUP.

The Gujerat Cup was started in 1885, on the dis-
continuance of the Bheema Cup.



Date.


Winner.


Horse.


No. of

starters.


1885


Mr. N. Symons ....


g.a.h. Woodpigeon


18


1886








1887









THE MUTTRA CUP
Was started in 1885, when the Ganges Cup fell through.



Date.


Winner.


Horse.


No. of
starters.


1885


Major Lockhart, R.H.A.


b.a.h. Poacher


4i


1886


Maharaja Rana Dholepore


ch.a.h. Red Prince,
b.a.h. Hussan Ab-


27






dul, tie




1887









2o8 PIGSTICKING OR HOGHUNTING.

Thus, in all the cup competitions, of the twenty-eight
winners, nineteen have been Arabs, six Walers, and three
country-bred.

With these suggestive records I conclude this my
account of the "premier sport of India " a sport at once
proving and preserving our rightful claim to superiority
as a dominant race, and also providing us with our best
cavalry school. I will only add the French opinion of
M. Donatien, who writes of this " chasse a course " :
" L'homme le mieux prepare pour cette chase est un
matelot gris sur un cheval aveugle." Let him try !









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APPENDIX.



210



PIGSTICKING OR
APPENDIX. LIST



Club.


Secretary.


Spear.


Founded.


Bengal.








Agra


Capt. Rose, Border Regiment


Short





Allahabad ....


Major Jeffreys, Brigade-Major


Short


1870


Calcutta


F. Carlisle, Esq.


Short


1862


Cawnpore ...


B. Chapman, Esq


Short


1869


Delhi


A. M. Kavanagh, Surgeon-
Major, A.M.S.


Long


1870


Lahore


F. O. Le Marchand, Esq


Both


1881


Meerut


J. Keir, Esq., R.H.A


Long


1865


Muttra


Capt. Dimond, 3rd D.G


Short


1882 :


Morar


K. Stewart Davison, Esq.,
4th B. Cav.


Short


1882


Bombay.








Ahmedabad


W. St. J. Richardson, Esq.,
23rd B.L.I.


Long


1857


Poona


A. C. Gaye, Surgeon-Major,
A.M.S.


Long





Sholapore ....


J. Holland, Esq


Long


1882



HOGHUNTING.
OF TENT CLUBS.



211



Nature of country and
jungle.


Average
number of
boar killec


Remarks.




per season.




Open and flat Grass,
nullahs, bushes, crops







Flat, cotton soil. Jhow
and grass, rocky hills


50 till 1878
Since then 2


Largest number killed in
one season was 31 in
1884.


Heavy grass


30


Meets are few. At a 3
days' meet in 1884 39
were killed, 12 of which
were killed in one day.


Flat and open. Bed of
Ganges. Grass, jhow,
and canal banks


56


Largest number in one
season, 101 in 1875.


Bed of river, open, flat.
Grass, jhow, canal, and


70




crops






Flat going, with buffalo
holes. Kana grass
and forest rukh lands


40


Largest number in one
season, 50 in 1882.


Kadir country. Grass,
jhow, reeds, and canal


3


Largest number in one
season, 93 in 1877.


Open, flat. Grass, jhow,
canals, and nullahs


137


Largest number, 177 in
1884.


Cotton soil. Grass and
bush jungles


42


Largest number in one
season, 53 in 1884.


Open, sandy. Grass,
crops


33


21 killed at one meet in

1884.


Open, sheet rock. Grass,
sugar crops, nullahs,
and hills


60




Open, flat. Grass, nul-
lahs, bush, and crops


fa







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