Mullahead achieves world record feat

Mullahead & District Ploughing Society members celebrate 100 years of ploughing at Mullahead.

Mullahead & District Ploughing Society members celebrate 100 years of ploughing at Mullahead.

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Members of Mullahead and District Ploughing Society are ‘on top of the world’ after learning that their recent world record attempt of the ‘most draught horses ploughing simultanously’ has been verified.

To celebrate the 100th Annual Mullahead & District Ploughing Match, the Society aimed to set a new Guinness World Record which has now been successfully verified by Guinness World Records with all horse ploughing competitors sharing in the title of World Record Holders. As this year marked the Centenary of the popular event the Society was delighted to have 84 horses ploughing simultaneously setting a new world record in the process.

Kenny Gracey, Chairman of Mullahead & District Ploughing Society said this feat could have only been achieved at Mullahead: “The match is the largest one day event of its kind in the UK receiving huge support from competitors from all over the British Isles. To have that number of horses ploughing simultaneously in one place was a unique achievement and spectacle. Mullahead & District Ploughing Society can now boast the largest horse ploughing match in the world!” he added.

The world record was a year in the making requiring a mammoth effort from all those involved. It all started off when Guinness World Records accepted Mullahead & District Ploughing Society’s application to set a world record. Strict guidelines were stipulated requiring evidence to be compiled about the competitors, their horses and ploughs with all horses having to plough simultaneously for a minimum of one minute at a depth of 6”. Three independent time keepers, two witnesses, two stewards and a vet had to sign off each competitor’s participation along with photographic and video evidence. The society was honoured to have the Right Honourable Peter Robinson MLA First Minister Northern Ireland and David Simpson MP for Upper Bann as independent witnesses.

The society was also delighted to have the support of Bank of Ireland as main sponsor for the World Record Attempt and the Ulster Horse Ploughing Championships which is an integral part of Mullahead Ploughing Match.

William Thompson, Head of Agri Bank of Ireland UK commented: “Bank of Ireland UK were delighted to be the proud sponsor of the Ulster Horse Ploughing Championships and would like to congratulate everyone involved at Mullahead & District Ploughing Society on their phenomenal achievement in setting a new Guinness World Record. It was an incredible experience to witness 84 horses ploughing simultaneously and one that I along with my colleagues in Bank of Ireland Portadown were privileged to be part of.”

Cliff Kells, Commercial Manager of Tesco Northern Ireland said: “A new world record achieved at the 100th Mullahead ploughing match in County Armagh last February saw the incredible sight of almost 50 sets of draught horses setting off together to reach the Guinness World Record. What a tremendous achievement by the participants and the Society, and I am very proud that Tesco NI continues to be a key supporter of this annual ploughmatch which is a highlight of the local agricultural calendar.”

Plans are at an advanced stage for the 101st Annual Ploughing Match which takes place at the Richardson Estate, Portadown, on Saturday 27th February 2016, attracting over 120 competitors in conventional ploughing classes supported by Tesco NI. The match plays host to the Ulster Horse Ploughing Championships, the largest horse ploughing championship in the world, sponsored by Bank of Ireland UK, as well as the All Ireland Ferguson Ploughing Championships. Armagh City Banbridge Craigavon Borough Council also support the event.