After an absence of over thirty years the British National Ploughing
Championships are returning to North Yorkshire. Held in a different
part of the country each year, this year's event is taking place
less than 5 miles from York city centre, at Crockey Hill, on Saturday
and Sunday, October 13th and 14th, by kind permission of the Hobson
The Championships were last held in the county at Thorpe Willoughby,
near Selby in 1973.
Over 280 acres will be home for the weekend to more than 170 top
ploughmen from all over Britain, including past World and European
champions. They will contest 12 ploughing classes, each hoping
to take home one of the coveted British national titles on offer.
The classes embrace many different styles of ploughing and different
types of plough, from the graceful horse ploughing of bygone years
to today's sophisticated tractors and ploughs. The ultimate prize
of the Championships is to represent England at the 2008 World
Ploughing Contest in Austria, a prize that goes to the winners
of the conventional and reversible classes.
The organisers of the event, the Society of Ploughmen, expect
upwards of 15,000 spectators over the two days and already many
companies, both national and local, are supporting the championships
by demonstrating, exhibiting or by providing sponsorship. Main
sponsors are National Grid, Goodyear and Bridgestone/Firestone.
Additional support is being given by the Yorkshire Agricultural
Society, Ripon Farm Services, ARD and J R Prescott. Executive Director
of the Society of Ploughmen, Ken Chappell said, "Already the
Championships have attracted lots of attention and we are looking
forward to a first class event. There is tremendous interest and
support both in the immediate area and surrounding counties and
it is great to be coming back to North Yorkshire - Hobson Farming
have provided a superb site and the event will be a great day out
for all the family!"
Visitors will see not only the highly skilled competition ploughing
and an extensive trade stand area but also attractions such as
vintage tractors, ploughs and equipment; a craft marquee with a
wide variety of stands; and working demonstrations of the latest
tractors, farm machinery and equipment.
One of the major "family" attractions will be the horse
ploughing with around a dozen pairs of heavy horses at work each
day. Magnificently turned out with ornate brass and leather harness,
these true farm 'workhorses' will be seen competing to produce
the best general purpose ploughing on the first day and the stylish
traditional 'high cut' work on the second day.
On the first day, more than 150 ploughmen - including young farmers
- will parade to their plots and compete in two classes - either
the practical reversible ploughing most commonly used today or
the more traditional conventional style. The qualifying ploughmen
will go through to the finals on the second day to find the national
champions of the two styles and the 2008 World Contest contenders.
On the second day, lovers of classic machinery and equipment will
enjoy three classes for vintage tractor ploughing - with trailing
ploughs, hydraulic ploughs and classic ploughs - area champions
competing for the honour of being the British Vintage Champion
Further information can be obtained from the Society of Ploughmen
at www.ploughmen.co.uk or
by telephone 01302 852469.
56th British National Ploughing Championships
Great Day Out Along The Furrows
takes 2006 World Reversible Ploughing Title