Lots of sunshine, great ploughing and a wonderful day was enjoyed by all as Listooder & District Ploughing Society, in association with JL Engineering, held their 126th anniversary ploughing match in Crossgar on Easter Tuesday.
There was a large number of competitors and officials as well as many visitors from the local community who took advantage of the good weather to enjoy another great event and watch competitors aiming to plough the perfect plot.
In the JL Engineering World Style Class, Andrew Gill (Listooder) was named Champion of the Field ahead of last year’s winner Allan McAnally (Ballyboley) with Ronald Coulter BEM (Hillsborough) third.
In the Donard View Service Station Vintage Senior Class, Ian Simms (Kilroot) took top prize just ahead of Jackie Moore (Bangor) with David Grattan (Banbridge) 3rd followed by Eamon Cusack (Listooder) 4th.
The KC Skip Hire & Recycling Vintage Intermediate Class was won again by Marc Gamble (Ballyboley) ahead of David Lemon Snr (Ballyblack), Jeffrey Cush (Lurgan) David Lemon Jnr (Ballyblack) and Mercer Ward (Hillsborough).
Dai Kennedy (Listooder) won the CES Quarries Classic class ahead of Pauline Davidson (Co Down Tractor Engine Club), James Fitchie MBE (CDTEC), Ivan Watson (Ballynahinch) and Billy Hunter (Saintfield).
The James Glover & Son Vintage Novice class was won by Peter Allen (Hillsborough) with James McKee (Portavogie) in 2nd and Nigel Strain (Newtownabbey) in 3rd.
John Weir Jnr (Ballyclare) took the Carryduff Tyre Centre Horse and Ulster Bank Style & Appearance titles.
Acting Listooder Chairman, Martin Gill, said: “We are delighted with the turnout of competitors and spectators today. The weather was on our side and it’s great to see a very high standard of ploughing in all classes being enjoyed by so many visitors. It is over 50 years since our match was last held on this site.
“On behalf of the Committee of Listooder Ploughing Society, I would like to thank our host, Mr Winston Gill, for the use of the land. Thank you to all who made our match a huge success including competitors, judges, sponsors, caterers.”
A full list of results are detailed below:
Class 1 – the World Style Class, sponsored by JL Engineering, Ballynahinch
1st place – Andrew Gill, Listooder PS
2nd place – Allen McAnally, Ballyboley PS
3rd place – Ronnie Coulter BEM, Hillsborough PS
Winner of the World Style Confined Class, sponsored by Norman McBriar, Saintfield – Ronald Coulter BEM
Class 2 – Vintage Senior Class, sponsored by Donard View Service Station, Ballynahinch
1st place – Ian Simms, Kilroot PS
2nd place –Jackie Moore, Bangor
3rd place – David Grattan, Banbridge
4th place – Eamon Cusack, Listooder
Class 3 – Vintage Intermediate Class sponsored by KC Skip Hire & Recycling, Killyleagh
1st place – Marc Gamble, Ballyboley PS
2nd place – David Lemon Snr, Ballyblack
3rd place – Jeffrey Cush, Lurgan
4th place – David Lemon Jnr, Ballyblack
5th place – Mercer Ward, Hillsborough PS
Class 4 – Classic Class sponsored by CES Quarries
1st place – Dai Kennedy, Listooder PS
2nd place – Pauline Davidson, CDTEC
3rd place – James Fitchie MBE, CDTEC
4th place – Ivan Watson, Ballynahinch VC
5th place – Billy Hunter, Saintfield
Class 5 - Vintage Novice Class sponsored by James Glover & Son
1st place – Peter Allen, Hillsborough
2nd place – James McKee, Portavogie
3rd place – Nigel Strain, Newtownabbey
Class – the Horse Class sponsored by Carryduff Tyre Centre and Style & Appearance sponsored by Ulster Bank
1st place – John Weir Jnr - Ballyclare
Best Work Under 25 – sponsored by Douglas Funeral Directors, Ballynahinch - Andrew Gill
The Presidents Cup presented to the Youngest Competitor and Outstanding Performance on the day of the match – Peter Allen
Best work by a Society Member, sponsored by Kerry Tyres, Andrew Gill
Best work with a Ransome Plough –Ian Simms
Best Work Done by Unled Horses – sponsored by Billy Donnan – John Weir Jnr
Best Pulling Horses – sponsored by Douglas Autoparts, Ballynahinch - John Weir Jnr
Best Work done by Vintage Hydraulic Plough – Ian Simms
Most Senior Competitor –Billy Hunter
Co Down Vintage Champion –Jackie Moore
The Reserve Vintage Champion – Jackie Moore
Vintage Championship Classes – Ian Simms
Co Down Championship – Andrew Gill
Reserve Champion of the field– Allen McAnally
Championship of the Field – Andrew Gill