As part of the Ploughing Academy, the Society of Ploughmen have been organising seminars to help judges to work on the same level across the country. This makes the standard of judging less varied in the level of points awarded for different aspects. Hopefully, judges will work together and learn from each others' experiences, making the quality of judging throughout the country better overall.
These seminars are also extremely beneficial to ploughmen and women as they are with the judges, looking at closely at what the judges are looking for and their reasoning behind it. Both experienced and novice ploughmen have benefited from attending the seminars.
The Society of Ploughmen holds a list of judges who are nominated by affiliated societies throughout Great Britain. This list is available to all affiliated societies on request when choosing judges for their own match.
The first seminar took place in February 2003 at Doncaster, South Yorkshire and since then many more seminars have been held throughout the country with hundreds of judges from throughout the Great Britain attending.
However, we have also seen many ploughmen and women attending as they have found they can benefit a great deal from attending as they can see exactly what the judges are looking for in their ploughing.
Different styles of ploughing plots are completed by some of the country's top ploughmen and judged by the expert group leaders, and then in turn by all the attendees. Everyone receives a certificate of attendance and also a breakdown of their own scores to compare with the group leaders. We have received very positive comments from people who have attended past seminars, all saying how helpful they have been.
Further judges seminars will be organised in future and any forthcoming ones will be listed below.
Sunday 18th February 2018 at North Petherton, Somerset - FULLY BOOKED!
Sunday 25th February 2018 at Hockley, Essex.
Saturday 10th March 2018 at East Bolden, Tyne & Wear.
Saturday 31st March 2018 at Edenbridge, Kent.
Please email - firstname.lastname@example.org - or telephone - 01302 852469 (in office hours) for further details of seminars.
Some very successful ploughing courses have been held since 2002 for both novices and experienced ploughmen.
Most are held at Callington, Cornwall and have been two day ploughing courses for reversible and conventional ploughing and for ploughmen and women of all ages.
Pictured on the right are some of those who attended the first Ploughing School in 2002, when instruction was is given by champion ploughmen, Ken Chappell, Phil Barriball and Adrian Brewer. Some of the ploughmen who attended one course are Ian Brewer, Peter Curbiskley, James George, Daniel Trewern and John Martin.
For details of future Plough Schools, please contact:
Phil Barriball - 01579 370784 Click here to email
Courses are for novices or experienced ploughmen alike.
Ploughing matches are held across the UK and throughout the year. They offer the chance for both novice and experienced ploughmen and women to take part. It's also a fantastic day out for families and people who enjoy the countryside and rural living.
The high point of the British competition ploughing season is the annual British National Ploughing Championships. With classes for conventional, reversible and horse-drawn ploughs as well as vintage tractors and ploughs.