2014 Hedgelaying & Ploughing Match

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ANNUAL PLOUGHING AND HEDGELAYING COMPETITION – Sunday 28 September 2014

As the leaves begin to fall and the evenings darken, farms across West Dorset have gathered in their harvest on what has been a bumper year for crops and grass growth. The farming calendar has, however, one more event which marks the end of the Summer and beginning of Autumn. For over 150 years West Dorset has hosted the Melplash Agricultural Society Ploughing and Hedgelaying competition and it took place on Sunday 28th September just North of Salway Ash at Hingsdon Farm, North Bowood by kind permission of Mr R Bowditch & Son on ‘Garden of Eden’ type soil which competitors will be salivating at.   We held 8 classes of ploughing spanning over 60 years of machinery from a 2 furrow vintage match plough to 6 furrow modern day plough.   Sadly the Agricultural Society lost a great patron this year, Graham Crumpler, who has helped plot out the competition boundaries for decades and his presence will be sorely missed.

Alongside the ploughing match, running concurrently is the hedgelaying competition.  Competitors are to lay 10 meters of hedge in Dorset style which has now been accepted into the National competition in Lincolnshire this Autumn. Six times winner Mr Russell Woodham will be out to defend his crown. Veteran layers Mike Frampton and Nigel Dowding will be aiding as stewards and helping novice contestants. The Show recently offered a free training day and 27 people attended to learn from some local grand masters.

With 37 tractors ploughing and 34 people laying hedges it really was a fiercely competitive day for competitors, and a wonderful sight to see for the many spectators who took advantage of the glorious weather and turned up to watch.  In the ploughing match there was everything from the latest tractors and ploughs to vintage tractors (before 1960) in the vintage trailed and hydraulic classes.  One contestant even came over from the Isle of Wight to compete!

The hedgelaying competition was also well supported, with a very good novice section including a number of individuals who had attended the Society’s free hedgelaying day which took place a couple of weeks ago. The Society was very pleased to see a number of ladies taking part including a 13 year old girl who won the Philip Hardwell Cup awarded to Highest Placed Young Farmer.

RESULTS

Hedging Judges:

Local, Open & Pairs: Mark Tilley AND John Chapman

Novice & Novice Pairs: Mr P Grainger

Ploughing Judges:

Vintage & Match: Robert Dimond and Michael Hole

Commercial: Austin Yeatman and Russell Coombes

CLASS 1 – HEDGING LOCAL

1st           Russell Woodham

2nd          Ben Short

3rd           Jon Sibthorp

Cecil A Marsh Memorial Perpetual Trophy Awarded to:  Russell Woodham

CLASS 2 – HEDGING NOVICE

1st           Chris Claxton

2nd          Jonathan Punchard

3rd           S Eldridge

Marcus Beresford Trophy Awarded to: Chris Claxton

CLASS 3 – HEDGING OPEN

1st           Colin Risdon

2nd          Martin Turner

3rd           W Drew

Elizabeth Lady Williams Perpetual Challenge Cup Awarded to:  Colin Risdon

CLASS 5A – PAIRS OPEN

1st           M Dowding & C Bethell

2nd          R Parish & T Copp

3rd           J Exton & J Newman

CLASS 5A – PAIRS NOVICE

1st           C Townsend & J Lovegrove

2nd          R King & L Gatehouse

3rd           O Harroway & B Harroway

Bartletts (Dorset) Limited Cup (Prize Card & Plaque) Awarded to; M Dowding & C Bethell

OVERALL HEDGELAYING CHAMPION AWARDED Russell Woodham who was awarded a SILVER PERPETUAL CUP PRESENTED BY CLEEVES & EDWINA PALMER

The Bill Hook Trophy  awarded to Jill Exton & Jan Newman

PHILIP HARDWILL CUP awarded to Highest Placed Young Farmer : Isobel Minshall

TIDIEST KEPT SITE.: Desktop Henry Hoover sponsored by Pneumatic: Kevin & Rachel Goodfellow

CLEANEST CUT : Voucher Sponsored by Scats, Dorchester: C Risdon

                 Ploughing

CLASS 7 – VINTAGE TRAILED

1st           Trevor Miles

2nd          Brian Johnston

3rd           Les House

4th       Alan Hayball

CLASS 8 – VINTAGE HYDRAULIC

1st           M Symonds

2nd          S Symonds

3rd           R Collett

4th          R Cook

JACK DARE MEMORIAL TROPHY FOR CHAMPION VINTAGE PLOUGHMAN (Prize Card & Plaque) AWARDED to;  Trevor Miles

CLASS 9 – MATCH PLOUGHING

1st           John Harris

2nd          P Moorley

BEST STRIKE OUT in Classes 7, 8 & 9 – Prize Card – Winner:  John Harris

BEST FINISH in Classes 7, 8 & 9 – Prize Card – Winner:  Trevor Miles

CHAMPION PLOUGHMAN (CLASSES 7, 8 & 9)THE BLANDFORD & WEBB PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP

Champion:  Trevor Miles

Reserve Champion   M Symonds

CLASS 11 – CLASSIC TRACTOR & PLOUGH

1st           Bruce Carter

2nd          Tony Ascott

3rd           J Foot

4th          C Dyer

CLASS 12 – TO PLOUGH 1 OR 1.5 ACRES OF LAND

1st           Michael Fooks

2nd          Bernard Hayball

3rd           Edward Yarde

4th         Stuart Hayball

CLASS 13 – TO PLOUGH 2 OR MORE ACRES OF LAND

1st           Andy Shute

2nd          Barry Dennett

3rd           J Shute

CLASS 14 – CONTRACTORS CHALLENGE

1st           Will Fooks

2nd          William Doble

3rd           Dan Frampton

4th               Jack Penney

CREED BROTHERS SILVER PERPERTUAL CHALLENGE TRAY awarded to winner of class 14: Will Fooks

CHAMPION PLOUGHMAN OPEN – SIR STUART MALLINSON PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP

Champion:  Will Fooks

Reserve Champion: William Doble

CHAMPION PLOUGHMAN LOCAL – MAS SILVER PERPETUAL CHALLENGE CUP

Champion:  Will Fooks

Reserve Champion: William Doble

Best Strike Out (except Classes 7, 8 & 9) – Winner:  Tony Ascott

Best Finish (except Classes 7, 8 & 9) – Winner: Barry Dennett

Silver Perpetual Challenge Cup for Best Ploughing using a Case or David Brown tractor using a KV plough. Silver Perpetual Challenge Cup and prize donated by GCS Agricentre, Dorchester – Winner  G Smith

Prize kindly donated by Francis Bugler Ltd of Beaminster for Best Ploughing by a Ford Tractor – Winner;  J Harris

NOVICE PLOUGHMAN

Joint 1st               J Shute and J Penney

2nd                          D Rae

Prize kindly donated by Smart Agricultural Services of Dorchester for Best Ploughing with a John Deere Tractor

Winner;  Andy Shute

Best In’s & Outs Winner – Bruce Carter

Sam Dennett Perpetual Memorial Trophy – Best Finish with 4 or 5 furrow plough – Winner:  Barry Dennett

Streatfeild Perpetual Challenge Trophy awarded to winner of class 10, plaque & certificate – Winner:  Will Fooks

JRB Bowditch Perpetual Challenge Trophy awarded to YFC club with highest score – Winner:  Beaminster YFC

 

 

 

 

 

Lucy