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Ploughing Match

PUBLISHED: 11:47 01 May 2008 | UPDATED: 15:08 20 February 2013

Photography: Matthew Webb

Photography: Matthew Webb

It's one of the key activities for the local farming community in the Newbury and District Agricultural Society and it's always popular with spectators with around 1,000 braving wintry conditions to gather at the downland venue outside Farnborough...


It's one of the key activities for the local farming community in the Newbury and District Agricultural Society and it's always popular with spectators with around 1,000 braving wintry conditions to gather at the downland venue outside Farnborough for the NDAS Annual Ploughing Match held in March.

The competition was hosted by the 2007 President of Newbury and District Agricultural Society, The Hon. Mrs Jessica White.

Visitors enjoyed demonstrations of horse and plough workmanship, ploughing by vintage tractors and modern machinery. One of the best-loved aspects of the match is the sight of the gentle giant Shire horses in action. This year there was just a single pair, Tommy and Major from Windsor, who were on their first outing for six months with ploughman Derek Hilton.

Competitors come from across the country to take part and there was a strong representation from local competitors. Among the youngest was 16-year-old Lily Pantry who helps on her father's farm near Faringdon. "I've been ploughing since I could get on a tractor at 13 and doing more and more ever since. Being a girl I'm not as strong as the boys and find some of it hard but I do my best."



The match was the society's first for two years - the 2007 Annual Ploughing Match was postponed in the autumn due to Foot and Mouth Disease and the 2006 match was also cancelled due to wet weather.

Plans are underway for the autumn 2008 Ploughing Match which will be held on Saturday 18 October. For more information on the match, contact Newbury and District Agricultural Society :


Tel: 01635 247111

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