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Dr Gilbert Phillips Memorial Trophy

A twin-handled tray plated rectangular salver with a gadrooned, shell and foliate cast edge and foliate cast handles, maker Barker Ellis, circa 1956.

A twin-handled tray plated rectangular salver with a gadrooned, shell and foliate cast edge and foliate cast handles, maker Barker Ellis, circa 1956.

Awarded For: Awarded for best Red Wine.

Donated By: Donated by the Wine Society and first presented in 1956. Gilbert Edward Phillips (1904-1952) was a neurosurgeon and wine connoisseur. He was founder and president of the Wine and Food Society of New South Wales. He had been impressed by the activities of a co-operative wine-buying society which he had seen in London. On his return to Sydney, he established the Australian Wine Consumers' Co-operative Society Ltd. The trophy was originally quasi-perpetual and won outright if won three times consecutively or five times in all. It became a Perpetual in 1987 and The Wine Society requested that all previous winners be engraved on the reverse of the new tray, a replica of the original trophy. Winners of the following trophies are eligible: Best Rosé, Best Pinot Noir, Best Cabernet Sauvignon, Best Cabernet Dominant Blend or Shiraz Dominant Blend, Best Shiraz, Best Other Red Varietal and Best Other Red Blend.

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Tucker Seabrook Perpetual Trophy

William IV silver gilt wine cooler and cover, London 1831, of twin handled campana form, the body richly embossed with a band of fruiting vine and acanthus leaves to the base, the scroll handles decorated with applied grape and vine, the lid adorned with applied acanthus leaves and acanthus leaf knop, raised on a circular plinth. Retailed by Garrard & Co, Regent Street, London, the Crown Jewellers, the Trophy was manufactured by silversmith Jonathan Hayne who ran an extensive and flourishing business in London. In 1843 Hayne crowned a successful career, being elected Prime Warden of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. The design is in keeping with the fine wine and brandy industry. The chased band of fruiting vines and elegantly trailing bunches of grapes on the handles are a reminder that wines and spirits have been enjoyed for centuries.

William IV silver gilt wine cooler and cover, London 1831, of twin handled campana form, the body richly embossed with a band of fruiting vine and acanthus leaves to the base, the scroll handles decorated with applied grape and vine, the lid adorned with applied acanthus leaves and acanthus leaf knop, raised on a circular plinth. Retailed by Garrard & Co, Regent Street, London, the Crown Jewellers, the Trophy was manufactured by silversmith Jonathan Hayne who ran an extensive and flourishing business in London. In 1843 Hayne crowned a successful career, being elected Prime Warden of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. The design is in keeping with the fine wine and brandy industry. The chased band of fruiting vines and elegantly trailing bunches of grapes on the handles are a reminder that wines and spirits have been enjoyed for centuries.

Awarded For: Awarded to the Exhibitor of the best State Wine Show Wine exhibited at major State Wine Shows within the twelve months preceding judging.

Donated By: Donated by Tucker Seabrook (Aust) P/L, from 2010 to 2016 the trophy was known as the Fine Wine Partners Perpetual Trophy. It was established as a joint venture between Tucker Seabrook and the Lion Nathan Wine Group. The trophy was first presented in 1988 to mark the 150th Anniversary of the Company. Awarded to the Exhibitor of the best State Wine Show Wine exhibited at major State Wine Shows within the twelve months preceding judging. To be eligible for judging at the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show, the entry must have been selected by the Chairman of the Judging Panel of the respective Royal Show as the most successful wine of the Show. There will be a maximum of 7 entries and Exhibits may be either red or white. Wines entered in previous years that have won the trophy are NOT eligible.

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Widden Stud Perpetual Trophy

Cold cast bronze figure of a horse wearing a saddle and harness, by Mary Pinsent, 67/500, raised on a timber plinth base.

Cold cast bronze figure of a horse wearing a saddle and harness, by Mary Pinsent, 67/500, raised on a timber plinth base.

Awarded For: Awarded for Best Thoroughbred Exhibit.

Donated By: Donated by the Thompson family and fist presented in 1991. William Barber Thompson and his son John established Widden Stud in 1867. Widden Stud is the longest running Thoroughbred Stud in the world continuously owned by one family and is presently in its seventh generation of Thompson family ownership. As Australian racing has flourished, so too has Widden. Widden had produced many winners over the years including Eurhythmic, Malt King, Reading, and more recently Tristanagh, Snowing and Belle Chanson.

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Shire Horse Society Australia Gelding Perpetual Trophy

1930s horse hoof made into an inkwell with sterling silver embellishment. The trophy includes two silver medals from the Shire Horse Society UK and is mounted on a black lacquered timber base. The hoof belonged to Comrade, a famous Shire gelding who lived in the early twentieth century. The silver plate at the front includes an engraved list of some of his 1st placings at prestigious shows in 1920, 1921 and 1922. These shows included the Royal of England Show and the Royal Lancashire Show. His highest success was winning the Shire Horse Society Championship Cup in 1922. On Comrade's death, his owner had each of his front hooves mounted in this way and gave one to each of the men who had handled, prepared for show and looked after the famous gelding. The great nephew of one of these men donated the item to the Shire Horse Society Australia in 2013, prompting their decision to create a new Perpetual Trophy.

1930s horse hoof made into an inkwell with sterling silver embellishment. The trophy includes two silver medals from the Shire Horse Society UK and is mounted on a black lacquered timber base. The hoof belonged to Comrade, a famous Shire gelding who lived in the early twentieth century. The silver plate at the front includes an engraved list of some of his 1st placings at prestigious shows in 1920, 1921 and 1922. These shows included the Royal of England Show and the Royal Lancashire Show. His highest success was winning the Shire Horse Society Championship Cup in 1922. On Comrade's death, his owner had each of his front hooves mounted in this way and gave one to each of the men who had handled, prepared for show and looked after the famous gelding. The great nephew of one of these men donated the item to the Shire Horse Society Australia in 2013, prompting their decision to create a new Perpetual Trophy.

Awarded For: Awarded to Best Shire Gelding.

Donated By: Donated by the Shire Horse Society Australia and first presented in 2014.

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Vickery Family Perpetual Trophy

Timber shield with silver presentation plates.

Timber shield with silver presentation plates.

Awarded For: Awarded to the winner of the State of Origin Rodeo Team Challenge.

Donated By: Donated by J R Vickery and first presented in 2012. Robert (Rob) Vickery was President of the RAS of NSW between 2004 and 2008. He became manager of the famed beef cattle station and feedlot, "Bective", which was established by his grandfather, Jim Vickery, in 1929. Actively involved with local organisations, Rob Vickery has been President of the Tamworth Polo Club, Vice-President of the Tamworth Picnic Race Club, and a committee member of the Tamworth Show Society. Vickery was elected to the RAS of NSW Council in 1991. He served as Steward-in-Chief and sat on numerous committees including the Cattle, Horse, Veterinary, Meat Industries and Fine Food Committees. During Robert Vickery's term as President of the RAS, an outbreak of equine influenza in 2007 had a major impact on the horse fraternity and threatened cancellation of competition at the 2008 Show. However, by working closely with the Department of Primary Industries most events were able to proceed. In July 2008 Rob Vickery resigned from his role as President. He was made an honorary life member to Council in 2010 and an Honorary Councillor in October 2011.

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Reed Thoroughbred Stud Perpetual Trophy

Gilded silver plate twin handled punch bowl, mounted on a square timber base.

Gilded silver plate twin handled punch bowl, mounted on a square timber base.

Awarded For: Awarded for Champion Show Hunter Pony, not exceeding 14 hands.

Donated By: Donated by Reed Thoroughbred Stud and first presented in 2003.

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Mary Willsallen Memorial Perpetual Trophy

Edwardian sterling silver twin handled cup and cover. Made in London in 1901 by CC Pilling.

Edwardian sterling silver twin handled cup and cover. Made in London in 1901 by CC Pilling.

Awarded For: Awarded for Supreme Champion Turnout.

Donated By: Mary Willsallen's contribution to the equestrian world was wide reaching. She was a life member of the Equestrian Federation of Australia, a life member and Patron of the Australian Pony Stud Book, a life member of the Australian Driving Society and a Patron of the Riding Pony Stud Book Society. In 2002 Mary Willsallen became one of the Royal Easter Show inaugural Show Legends for her contribution to the Show and the world of ponies. Donated by friends and supporters of the late Mrs Mary Willsallen and members of the Light Harness Association in honour of her significant contribution to the Royal Easter Show and to harness horse and pony breeding. First presented in 2004.

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Frank Thomas Memorial Perpetual Trophy

Whitehill silver-plated wine cooler, raised on a timber plinth.

Whitehill silver-plated wine cooler, raised on a timber plinth.

Awarded For: Awarded to the owner of the winning horse in Sydney Royal Easter Show Grand Prix.

Donated By: Donated by the family of the late FK Thomas and first presented in 1986. His wife Evelyn and sons Michael, Anthony, Ian and Peter, chose this event as the most appropriate and fitting memorial of Frank's work over the years with the Horse Section of the RAS. Mr Thomas first became involved in the Horse Section, particularly showjumping in the late 1950's and continued until his death in 1985. Initially he worked as a Steward and then for many years as a Judge. To the best knowledge of his family, he never missed a Royal Easter Show and enjoyed his RAS friends' company on a yearly "holiday" at the Show. For many years, Mr Thomas was an RAS Councillor of Queensland (Toowoomba). He was elected an Honorary Member of the RAS of NSW.

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