2013 FFA NORTHERN PLOUGHING CHAMPIONSHIPS
This year's event was held on 3rd November and on and kindly provided by Hartley Farms and Paul Saxton the farm manager could not have been more helpful, many thanks to him and the Hartley family.
After a nervy and edgy week of watching rainy weather reports, our prayers for a fine day came true - no thanks to the previous night's wind and heavy rain. After towing a few into the field all was well for the competition to start. Competitors from far and near came none further than the four FFA members who travelled from the Netherlands to compete.
Soon 10 am arrived, rockets went up and the competition began, some excellent ploughing was soon being done especially in the Vintage Mounted class.
Darren Easter Ray Thompson Brian Deeley
Andre Wierder Jos Witte
Benjamin Bently & just a little help from his Grandad Ian
Well Done Benjamin a great job
By lunch the sun was shining and a good crowd of spectators were watching and asking questions on how the judges score the ploughing etc. After lengthy debating the spectators formed their own opinions, it was all quite amusing. But the judges opinions were the ones that counted after a hard day's work selecting the best plots.
The following were the FFA champions and runners up for 2013:
1st - Anthony Boldan
2nd - Pete Gilson
3rd - Geoff Sleightholm
Anthony Boldan Geoff Sleightholm
1st - Co Looijestein
2nd - Ian Berriman
3rd - Athur Jennings
Co Looijestein Ploughing & being presented
with his trophy by Roger Inghan Arthur Jennings
1st - Geoff Dibb
2nd - Dan Bartle
3rd - Menno de Graff
Dan Bartle Menno de Graff
Thanks must go to Cheffins auctioneers, Russells Farm Machinery and Ripon Farm Services who kindly sponsored the event and all the judges and helpers who made the match such a success.
"Thanks to you all"
Words & Photos - Roger Ingham