Ploughing at Bushmills

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Ballycastle and District Tractor Ploughing society held their New Years Ploughing Match at Dundarave, Bushmills.

Despite being cold the ploughmen enjoyed a great day on excellent land and the judges had a tough time sorting out the results.

The judges were as follows – Messrs WL McMillan, W King, D Wallace, Des Wright, H Simms, W Hood, T McCracken, J Sloan and D Percy.


12” World Style Open – sponsored by Robinson Concrete, Ballymoney: 1st and cup presented by David Wright – G Simms; 2nd W Hogg; 3rd D Gill; 4th M Simms; 5th R Crawford; 6th B O’Neill

Class 2 World Style Confined – sponsored by W & J Chambers Concrete Products, Drumahoe: 1st and cup presented by George Huey – A McAnally; 2nd J Barr; 3rd T Stewart

Class 4 Reversible - sponsored by Moyle District Council: 1st and cup presented by Adrian Jamison – D Wright; 2nd T Cochrane; 3rd D Jamison; 4th R McAteer; 5th R Brown

Class 5 – Vintage Intermediate – sponsored by McKelvey Farm Supplies, Ballynahinch: 1st and cup presented by Brian Simpson – R Jenkins; 2nd J Williamson; 3rd M Gamble; 4th D Weatherup

Class 6 – Vintage Class Open – sponsored b Origan(NI) Ltd, Campsie: 1st and cup presented by E Murphy – J Adair; 2nd E Murphy; 3rd F Davidson; 4th S Loughrey

Class 7 – Vintage Trail – sponsored by Donnelly &Taggart, Campsie: 1st and cup presented by Neil Scott - N Scott; 2nd M Taggart; 3rd D Gratton; 4th Alan McLaughlin; 5th G Gratton; 6th Alex McLaughlin

Best work by a Massey Ferguson Tractor – Rodney Crawford

Most original and best restored tractor – Robert Jenkins

Youngest Ploughman –David Jamison

The best work by a first time ploughman at Ballycastle – David Jamison

The best butts in the reversible class – David Wright

The best work by a member of Ballycastle Society – David Jamison

The vintage champion – James Adair

Runner up to the Champion of the field – David Wright

Champion of the field – Gary Simms

The society would like to express their thanks to McNaughton Farms and Mr Daniel McLaughlin for putting such excellent land at their disposal, to Ian Chatman for all his help, to PSNI, press and the ladies who provided refreshments, a special thanks to the sponsors for their continued support without whose help it would be impossible to run a match.

Thanks to the committee for their help in preparing the site and run the match so efficiently. Thanks to the many spectators who joined organisers on the day.


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