A FARMER has ploughed his way into the European Championships to be held in Strasbourg next month.
Edward Griffin, 34, of Main Street, Carlby, was born and raised on his family’s farm in Hambleton, where he still works.
Following in his family’s footsteps, Edward could drive a tractor from an early age and was fascinated by ploughing.
He entered his first ploughing match at the age of 13 and won his first trophy at the age of 16.
Now, almost 20 years later, he is taking the next big step by representing England in the reversible plough class of the European competition having qualified nationally at an event in Lincoln last year.
In order to get to Strasbourg, Edward has to raise about £2,000 to cover the cost of transporting himself and his equipment to the France/Germany border.
He said: “It’ll be interesting because there will be people from all over Europe competing and I expect there will be at least 30 to 40 of us.”
Edward will travel with his team mate Peter Alderslade from Tyne and Wear and they are splitting the cost of the transport.
Unfortunately his wife Kimberley and two children Jack, six, and Evie, three, cannot accompany him as the children will be back at school.
Edward will travel to Strasbourg on September 12 and stay for a week. The competition committee has arranged trips for the competitors to go on and Edward says he’s looking forward to seeing a few of the sights and meeting new people.
He has had his sights set on the European and worldwide championships ever since he was a teenager and joined the Rutland Ploughing Match committee in order to achieve his dreams.
In 2007 he reached his first goal and qualified for the British National Ploughing Championships in York where he became the seventh best reversible ploughman in the country.
In 2008 he climbed to fifth place when he qualified to represent England in the Five Nations Ploughing Championships in Ireland.
He said: “I’m looking forward to it and I am feeling confident.
“I’ve only ever been to France once before so it will be nice to see more of the country.”
To sponsor Edward on his trip to France contact him on 07939 151164 or email firstname.lastname@example.org