Record numbers for ploughing match

Scenes from the Rutland Ploughing Match at Thistleton. Colin Taylor with his shires EMN-140111-160643009
Scenes from the Rutland Ploughing Match at Thistleton. Colin Taylor with his shires EMN-140111-160643009
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A record number of spectators attended an annual ploughing match at the weekend to support the agricultural heritage of Rutland’s farms.

Hundreds of spectators turned out for this year’s Rutland Ploughing Match which took place on Saturday in Thistleton.

More than 76 ploughmen competed in the autumnal sunshine that shone throughout the day.

Spectators, enjoyed a day full of ploughing, featuring teams of horses, vintage and classic ploughing and the big modern day tractors.

The glorious weather enabled the ploughmen to produce some excellent ploughing work giving the judges an extremely difficult job.

Rutland Ploughing Match committee member, Russ Hibbitt, said: “The day 
went very well indeed, the 
sun was out and it was a lovely day.

“We had more spectators that ever before, with lots of people coming out to enjoy a day of ploughing.”

This year’s champion was Michael Taylor of Melton Mowbray, who has been invited to parade his tractor and plough at The Rutland Agricultural Show next summer.

The reserve champion was Carl Wright of North Wingfield, Chesterfield.

The Rutland Ploughing Match Committee would like to thank all of the ploughmen, judges, sponsors and the general public for their support.

They said: “This support is invaluable for the continuation of the event and allows us to make donations to local charities.”

This year a donation was made to the Rutland Memorial Hospital.

A raffle was also drawn on the day, of which Irene Ilsey won the first prize of £150.

The ploughing match winners are as follows:

Class 1 - 1st Mike Childerley

Class 2 - 1st Ray Ogden

Class 3 - 1st Carl Wright

Class 4 - 1st John Kitching

Class 5 - 1st Mike Taylor

Class 6 - 1st Bob Callaby

Class 7 - 1st Brian Carter

Class 8 - 1st Colin Taylor

Class 9 - 1st James Morton

Class 10 - 1st Chandlers