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Annual Vintage & Clydesdale Ploughing Matches


Sun 20 May 2018, 10:00am–3:00pm

Where: Greenacres Stockfeeds, 151 No 10 Road, Swannanoa, Waimakariri

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: esa63K

The Annual Ploughing matches for North Canterbury Ploughing Match Assn and the Canterbury Clydesdale Club competing for trophies. The ploughing fields will be signposted from the entrance to 151 on No 10 Road, Swannanoa.

Competitive ploughing involves three categories:
- Vintage ploughing – 2 or 3 furrow ploughs
- Horse team ploughing – teams of 2 to 6 horses
- Silver Plough – modern reversible and conventional

Ploughmen range from the Novice to World ploughing competitors.

Meet the ploughmen from throughout Canterbury and Marlborough, practicing the ancient skill of ploughing the land to expose the soil and weeds to the elements over the winter season in preparation for spring sowing of crops—before the days of spray and chemicals.

An opportunity for lifestyle farmers to learn alternative cultivation techniques. Chat to the experienced farmers and maybe consider learning traditional ploughing skills. A special welcome to potential or retired ploughmen. Contact the Secretary, M Armstrong 027 660 0743 for entries.

Bring a thermos and picnic to enjoy the day. Please be aware that Horses and Tractors pulling ploughs and such implements need a lot of space to turn at the end of rows. Your safety is your own responsibility.

(Sorry, no dogs permitted on this property, cameras welcome).

M Armstrong, Secretary. North Canterbury Ploughing Match Assn.