Sean Leslie and Kay Walker, of Middlemarch, were second
in the Rural News Horse Plough category at the recent New Zealand Ploughing Championships at Spring Creek, near Blenheim. Photo by Noel Sheat
Otago and Southland competitors did well in the New Zealand
Ploughing Association's (NZPA) national championships
Hosted by the Marlborough Ploughing Association, more than 30
people took part in the national finals at Spring Creek, near
Blenheim, from May 10 to 11.
The competitors were all winners from various qualifying
events held throughout New Zealand in the past 12 months.
Mark Dillon, of Riversdale, was third in the Case IH silver
plough section, and also won the W.G. Miller Trophy for the
highest placed competitor aged under 35.
He also won the silver medallion for the grassland ploughing
and the Magson trophy for placing third in the Case IH Silver
Plough conventional class. Sean Leslie and Kay Walker, of
Middlemarch, were second in the horse plough category.
NZPA executive officer Noel Sheat, of Palmerston, said the
event went well.
''The weather was good and the ground conditions OK,'' he
''The hosts put in a lot of work over the past 12 months.''
He said the championships had a country fair feel, and in
addition to the conventional, reversible, vintage and horse
ploughing sections, there were displays of vintage tractors
and machinery and arts and crafts stalls. The formal dinner
was held at the Clubs of Marlborough.
''Mark is also one of our competitors to plough in the
conventional class at the next World Ploughing Contest in
Bordeaux, France, on September 6 and 7,'' Mr Sheat said.
Malcolm Taylor, of Putaruru, who will compete in France in
the reversible class in September, and Ian Woolley, of
Blenheim, will represent New Zealand at the World Ploughing
Contest at Denmark in 2015.
The next New Zealand Championships will be held at Palmerston
on April 18 and 19 next year.
New Zealand Ploughing Association National
Rural News Horse Plough: Fred Pilling, Hamilton, 1;
Sean Leslie and Kay Walker, Middlemarch, 2; Craig Plunkett
and Jamie Hawkins, Blenheim, 3.
Mainland Minerals Vintage: Eddie Dench, Palmerston
North, 1; Paul Houghton, Cambridge, 2; Pearce Watson,
Farmland Fuel Reversible: Malcolm Taylor, Putaruru, 1;
Bob Mehrtens, Timaru, 2; Paul Henson, Palmerston North,
Case IH Silver Plough: Ian Woolley, Blenheim, 1;
Kelvin Stokes, Taupiri, 2; Mark Dillon, Riversdale, 3.