Skills to the test

Photo: Toni Williams
Photo: Toni Williams
Mid Canterbury ploughman Matt Ridge in action during the contemporary event at the national championships in Chertsey.

Ridge and fellow Mid Canterbury ploughman Jess Cunliffe came first and second respectively in the inaugural contemporary class at the New Zealand Ploughing Championships, held in Chertsey earlier this month.

Ridge, of Methven, won the title with an overall points score of 380.

Ridge, a farmer-contractor, won the stubble plough but placed second in the grass plough.

Cunliffe, an agriculture student, got an overall score of 363 points.

She won the grass plough and got second place to Ridge in the stubble plough.

Third place when to student Paul Kowalewski, of Waimahaka, who scored 313 points.

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