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The high point of the British competition ploughing season is the annual British National Ploughing Championships.  These are organised by the Society of Ploughmen and are held at different venues each year and are regularly contested by around 250 local ploughing champions.abrewer.jpg (18991 bytes)

There are classes for conventional, reversible and horse-drawn ploughs, as well as expanding classes for vintage tractors and ploughs which attracts 60 area champions each year; and also vintage horticultural machinery.  And the number of women competitors is steadily increasing, too (see the picture below).

The Championships are also one of the few remaining events where steam ploughing tackle can still be seen at work.  

 

 

Probably the biggest crowd pleaser each year are the horses.  Upwards of two dozen pairs of these magnificently turned out animals take spectators back to the days when farming was a quieter, gentler way of life.
 

 

But there is much more the British National Ploughing Championships than just ploughing.  Over 130 trade stands, craft stalls and working demonstrations provide a rich mixture of rural arts and crafts, and the chance to see the latest tractors and tillage equipment in action. 

 

 

All of which make the Championships a great occasion for all the family!

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured left:  It's also for the girls!  Young Farmer, Debbie Watson (aged 16) who took part in the 2006 event.  She was placed 5th in the National Young Farmers' Conventional Ploughing Championship.

 

 

 

 

 


A date for your diary ............ 

2014 British National Ploughing Championships 

at Wootton St Lawrence, near Basingstoke, Hampshire

on 11th & 12th October 2014

by kind permission of G B Foot Ltd



Click here  for further details of this years British National Ploughing Championships

Click here for the results from this years British National Ploughing Championships


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