A FARM in Baston proved the perfect venue for the popular Annual Deeping Ploughing Match.
This year’s event was held at Thetford House Farm at Kates Bridge, loaned by Mark Richardson and the site was in prime condition for 79 contestants who took part in seven ploughing classes, 11 garden tractor contestants, five teams of Shire horses and six companies in the demonstration class.
nThe Horse Ploughing Challenge Cup was won by Colin Taylor from Ranskill, Nottinghamshire with horses named Beauty and Prince. Colin Taylor also won the prize for the Best Working Pair of Horses.
n2011 Champion Ploughman was Max Cherry from Ampthill, near Bedford, ploughing with his Fordson N and 2 furrow trailer in the Vintage Ploughing Class 4.
nMark Richardson presented the committee with a new trophy called the Ablewhite Cup, to be awarded for the Best Work done by a competitor using an Case/International/McCormick tractor. It was won by Paul Studley from Honiton in Devon.
nThere was also a display of potatoes, sugar beet, mangolds, wheat, peas and beans in the 11 classes of the Cereal, Pulse and Root Show. The largest entry was 28 samples of white potatoes, which was won by S&S Pugh & Son from Swineshead.