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The Isle of Man had 3 competitors at this years British ploughing championships.


The Isle of Man had 3 competitors at this years British ploughing championships. Held over the weekend of the 8th & 9th of October at Soham, near Ely in Cambridgeshire, #John_Costain, #Andy_McKeown & #Ned_Kennaugh competed on an excellent site.

In fact this is the 3rd time since 1991, that the event has been held in this area. The venue proved popular with the public and it is believed that 25,000 people passed through the gate over the 2 days.


In the Vintage Trailed class, John, using his Ferguson tractor & International plough, was unlucky with his plot. It seems that the stones from previous de-stoning operations had been dumped into a large hole and back filled, this streched across his plot and so caused problems in maintaining a consistent appearance, with the plough moving around and coming out of the ground as he passed over. Whilst in the Vintage Mounted class, Andy was making his debut at the event. He took his Massey Ferguson 35 and Ransome plough and despite some early nerves, ploughed well, but missed out on a mention in the prize winners. He later commented that he had had a good trip and had learned a lot and is keen to return to build on the experience.


Ned used his own Ransome plough and coupled this to a pair of Suffolk Punch horses he had borrowed from #Victor_Smith but the stubble presented early problems for him. However, once this had been mastered he ploughed well.


Also at the event was #Jack_Clague from Dalby, who having represented the Island on 5 occasions in the past, this year took on the duties of a judge.


In the end #John_Hill regined the British title in the conventional class, with #Simon_Witty, the current World Reversible champion, added another British title.