Simon Witty from Malton, North Yorkshire, the current World Reversible
Ploughing Champion, is the new British National Reversible Ploughing
Champion, winning the coveted title for the fourth year in a row. His
victory earns him a trip to Lithuania next year to the 2007 World
Ploughing Contest, where he will attempt to retain his World title.
Simon Witty, won for the fourth year in a row
Ploughing under perfect conditions at the 56th British National
Ploughing Championships, held on October 14th and 15th at Loseley
Park, near Guildford, Surrey, ploughmen faced stiff competition. In
a dramatic ending of the results, there was a tie for the first
place in the Conventional Ploughing Championships between past
British Champions Adrian Brewer from Cornwall, and John Hill from
South Yorkshire, who both finished with 269 points. Using
a ‘countback’ system used to find an outright winner
in the event of a tied place, Adrian Brewer came out top by just
one point. Third place went to Geoff Fretwell from South
Yorkshire with 256 points.
In the Reversible Final, with 333 points, Simon Witty comfortably
held off the challenge from Peter Alderslade from Tyne & Wear,
who finished second with 309 points. Third place was Ian
Wilson from North Wales with 275 points.
Glorious weather over the weekend meant conditions were near perfect
for the event – rain earlier in the week had dried enough
on top to make the site easily accessible for visitors and had
helped the conditions for ploughing. Speaking
at the award ceremony after the final plough offs, Ken Chappell,
Executive Director of the Society of Ploughmen, the Championships’ organisers
said: “Loseley Park has been a perfect venue and we are especially
grateful to the More-Molyneux family for allowing us on to their
land and for the very warm welcome they gave us. It has been
an excellent two days and ploughing conditions have been perfect,
with just enough variation between the plots to make the competitors
work really hard.
“We are also extremely grateful for the unstinting
support that we have received from our main sponsors National Grid,
Firestone and Goodyear.”
Fourteen pairs of magnificent shire horses ploughed side-by-side,
with John Fairbairn from Berwick, Northumberland and Peter Brassett
from Stanley, Co Durham sharing the honours, with John coming out
on top in the General Purpose Class and Peter the winner of the
Oat Seed Furrow class.
The 2006 National Vintage Champion Ploughman is Richard Ingram
from Atherstone, Warwickshire who fought his way through the regional
qualifying rounds in order to win a place in the National Finals. He
clinched the title by winning the Vintage Hydraulic Plough Class
on the second day, beating the winner of the Vintage Trailing Ploughing
Class, John Milnes from Penistone, South Yorkshire and the winner
of the Vitnage Classic Ploughing Class, Stuart Forsyth from Northumberland.
The two National Young Farmers’ Classes were as hotly contested
as ever, with Ian Brewer from St Issey, Cornwall – closely
following in his father Adrian’s footsteps – winning
the reversible title and Robert Iredale from Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. Robert
took the overall National Young Farmers Champion title.
British National Ploughing Championships results
Great Day Out Along The Furrows
Yorkshireman takes 2006 World Reversible Ploughing Title
McCormick C95 Max - the line-up grows
flock to spectacular 2005 British National Ploughing Championships