Competitors plough straight furrows at Deeping Ploughing Match

Twelve-year-old Kira McKay leads Lofty and Chloe
Twelve-year-old Kira McKay leads Lofty and Chloe
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A PLOUGHING match went off without a hitch on the final day of British summer time.

A total of 79 ploughmen from across the country took part in the annual Deeping Ploughing Match on Saturday.

Contestants made their way to land at Thetford House Farm at Kate’s Bridge, owned by Mark Richardson of F Richardson and Son Ltd, to take part in seven ploughing classes.

A further 11 contestants competed in the garden tractors events, and five teams of shire horses and six companies were involved in the demonstration class.

Richard Allen, honorary secretary and treasurer of the Deeping District Agricultural Association, which organised the match, said: “It is not often that you can say when organising an outdoors event that everything went off exceptionally well.

“Ploughmen were making their way to the site on the last day of dark early mornings before the clocks changed, in somewhat foggy conditions, which cleared quickly, providing a lovely fine day.”

The biggest interest was created by the teams of shire horses competing for the Horse Ploughing Challenge Cup, which was won by Colin Taylor from Ranskill, near Retford, with horses named Beauty and Prince.

Ten judges, working in pairs, judged the seven ploughing classes and after four hours of competition named Max Cherry from Ampthill, near Bedford, as the 2011 Champion Ploughman.

Max was ploughing with his Fordson Model N and two furrow trailer in the Vintage Ploughing Class 4.

The Reserve Champion was Chris Bichard, from Braunston, who was also competing in Class 4.

At the prizegiving Trevor Harwood, chairman of the Deeping District Agricultural Association, thanked Mark Richardson for the loan of his land which he said was in perfect condition for ploughing.

He also thanked all the committee members and stewards for their work in making the match a success.