FFA Northern Ploughing match 2014 held on Sunday 2nd November 2014
at Towton Battlefield, Towton, North Yorkshire
Sunday 2nd of November arrived in a flash , after 2 days of pegging out , towing the caravan office in to place , putting flagpoles and flags up and collecting raffle prizes etc suddenly all our efforts were put to task.
6:30am I opened the gates , the caterers were first in and were soon busy setting up their van for a much earned cup of tea for the soon to arrive ploughmen.
By 9.30 some 70 ploughmen had arrived , including the marvellously enthusiastic and always smiling FFA team from the Netherlands.
"Bang" .......... 10 am and up went the rocket to start the competition , soon everyone was deep in concentration trying to achieve the perfect furrow on a 200 acre field kindly donated by Hartley farms and their extremely helpful and enthusiastic farm manager Paul Saxton.
A large crowd of spectators arrived by lunch and made a large field come to life and complete a wonderful spectacle , by 2:30pm most ploughmen had completed their battle with their plots and at 3'oclock the finishing rocket went up , soon ploughs, tractors etc were loaded up and everyone made their way over to the FFA Marquee for the final moments of results & prize giving, speeches of thanks to All who had helped in putting on this 2014 Ploughing Match and making it another great Northern Ploughing Success.
Geoff Dibb - 1st Trailer
Frank Millington - 2nd Trailer
Menno de Graaf & Friends - 3rd Trailer
Co Looyestyn - 1st Vintage Mounted
Arthur Jennings - 2nd Vintage Mounted
Richard Wilson - 3rd Vintage Mounted
Anthony Bolden - 1st Classic & overall FFA Northern Champion 2014
Geoff Sleightholm - 2nd Classic
Darren Easter - 3rd Classic
It seemed as if the 2014 ploughing match was over as quickly as it had started at 10am that morning with that Big "Bang".
Many Thanks must go to Hartly Farms and Paul Saxton for the use of the land , sponsors CHEFFINS , RUSSELS MACHINERY , RIPON FARM SERVICES , and all who donated funds for the air ambulance , thanks also to the band of helpers for all their efforts to make this match a huge success .
Word & Photos: Roger Ingham.