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:

Classic Class:
  • 1st - Anthony Boldan
  • 2nd - Pete Gilson
  • 3rd - Geoff Sleightholm
                                  Anthony Boldan                                 Geoff Sleightholm
Vintage Mounted:
  • 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