John takes top prize at IW Ploughing match

John Stallard from Upper Hyde Farm, Shanklin emerged as champion when the Isle of Wight Ploughing Association held their annual match at Wellow Manor Farm, Wellow.

There were slightly more entries this year taking part in all 59, five more than last year. Stephen Peachey Chairman commented, “We were all very worried with regards to the weather as the previous weekend was dreadful and so it was touch and go, however we could not believe our luck when the sun broke through in the morning. It made a splendid day for both competitors and spectators.”

The five ploughing judges this year came from Norfolk and Kent. Andrew Mew one of the judges previously lived on the Island and used to enter the competition back in the 70s. In his speech Andrew remarked on how enjoyable the IW ploughing match is.

There were some 30 trade stands varying from tractor and farm machinery agents, to agricultural and rural activity tents as well as a drilling rig for supply bore hole providing green energy. Also on site was a stand by the IW Police promoting the merits and success of Farm Watch.

Not only do the IW Ploughing Match Association organise the annual ploughing match they also organise dairy and crop competitions throughout the year. The oldest tractor ploughing in this year’s match was a 1938 Fordson owned by R.J Cooke from Shorwell.

The organisers thanked Mr. and Mrs. A. Holmes owners of Wellow Manor Farm for the use of the perfect site, and also to Mrs. Rachel Holmes for presenting the prizes to the winners on the field at the end of proceedings, as well as the numerous sponsors who contributed to the success of the event.