The early days of ploughing will be on display

Big weekend for ploughing

by Mike Isle

The NZ Ploughing Championship is this year returning to Canterbury for the first time in three years.

The 2019 Championship, a two-day event, will be held this weekend at the Wilkinson Farm, Wilkinson Road in Chertsey, just outside of Ashburton.

One organiser, John Hall, said the championship historically attracted a large crowd and this year would be no exception.

“It’s a great two days out, both for the rural and urban communities.”

He said the event was the culmination of 24 regional and club ploughing competitions and the national championship would showcase the country’s best ploughmen displaying their skills. As well as the ploughing, he said there was a host of other attractions for the public.

“Outside of the actual competition, we’ll have displays of conventional and reversible ploughing, vintage and horse ploughing, trade displays and vintage tractors.”

John Hall won’t be drawn on what will be a personal highlight for himself, other than to say “[it’s] all good”.

However, he said he is looking forward to seeing a large crowd and putting on a show for them that includes everything from classic horse-drawn ploughing to New Zealand’s largest and latest tractors.

The 2019 NZ Ploughing Championship is hosted by the Rakaia Ploughing Match Association. It is this weekend at Chertsey. Admission is $10 for adults; children are free. The NZ Ploughing Association has a webpage for further details and a map to the location.