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Three generations of ploughmen compete in Rutland match at Ingthorpe Farm




In what is believed to a be first for the Rutland Ploughing Match, three generations of a family competed in the event, which was held at the weekend.

Edward Griffin, 41, his father Richard, 69, and son Jack, 13, all competed in different classes.

Edward and Richard won their classes, while Jack, who was competing in the event for the first time, finished third in his.

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"I won my class, my dad won his class and Jack came third in his class," said Edward.

"I believe this is the first time three generations of a family have competed in the Rutland Ploughing Match."

The Rutland Ploughing Match, which was held at Ingthorpe Farm, Ingthorpe, on Saturday, attracted around 90 entrants who competed across 10 classes.

Classes ranged from horse ploughing through vintage and classic tractors to modern day machines with much larger ploughs.

There was also a ploughing demonstration by two steam engines pulling a plough back and forth on steel rope.

Russ Hibbitt, a member of the Rutland Ploughing Match committee, said the day had been a "success all round".

"We had everything amongst the entrants from five teams of horses and garden tractors to vintage tractors and the latest demonstration equipment," said Russ.

"The number of entrants was on a par with previous years, but we had more spectators turn up to watch this year as the weather was a lot better.

"It was a lovely sunny morning and a success all round.

"We'd like to say a big thanks to the general public for coming out and supporting the event."

Edward, who also organises the event, said the feedback received from both the ploughmen taking part and spectators who turned up to watch had been good.

"It was all very good and we had a really great day," he said.

"We received a lot of nice feedback from everyone involved."

The ploughing started at 9.30am and was judged until 1.30pm.

Judges look at various issues that include how straight, even and firm the furrows are.



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