Match ploughs on in Baston despite misty weather

Ploughing match at Baston'Photos: David Pearson EMN-150311-112638001
Ploughing match at Baston'Photos: David Pearson EMN-150311-112638001

The Deeping and District Agricultural Associations Annual Ploughing Match took place on Saturday at Thetford House Farm in Baston by kind permission of the host F.Richardson and Son.

Despite the appalling weather during the previous week Saturday morning found the site misty but in excellent condition for what turned out to be a splendid match. More than 400 spectators observed some excellent ploughing craft.

Ploughing match at Baston'Photos: David Pearson EMN-150311-112628001

Ploughing match at Baston'Photos: David Pearson EMN-150311-112628001

Just under 100 ploughing entries competed for awards in the 9 classes. After a disappointing no show in the horse classes in 2014, four teams competed this year for the prestigious Horse Ploughing Challenge Cup with the overall winner being E Worthington of Fishlake, Doncaster. Andy Elms of Solihull won the Eugene O’Rourke Cup for the Best turned out team of horses.

In the popular Vintage Tractor Ploughing Classes entries where a considerable increase on last year with Mr M Taylor of Melton Mowbray winning not only the Garford Farm Machinery Challenge Cup for Class 4 but also becoming the overall Deeping Ploughing Match Champion Ploughman for 2015.

Local Ploughmen Mr E Griffin of Stamford won the Hodgkinson Challenge Cup for class 2 and B Moore of Lyddington the Leverton Challenge Cup for Class 7. J Morton Won the Taylor Challenge Cup for best work with a John Deere tractor.

Awards where also presented to C Bichard and C Shields both of Oakham.

Ploughing match at Baston'Photos: David Pearson EMN-150311-112649001

Ploughing match at Baston'Photos: David Pearson EMN-150311-112649001

Ploughing match at Baston'Photos: David Pearson EMN-150311-112700001

Ploughing match at Baston'Photos: David Pearson EMN-150311-112700001