By Tony Ridd
This year’s Memorial Ploughing Match was held at New Wolverton Farm, by kind permission of owners Professor and Mrs Williams.
The overall winner was George Richards with his vintage Massey Ferguson tractor. Four teams of heavy horses ploughed on the day, all travelling from the mainland with thanks to Red Funnel. Winner of the horse ploughing was Mr Jim Elliot, who won for the first time.
Organiser Karen Sheath thanked tractor judges Kevin Whatley, Claire Whatley, Colin Purdue and Ian Vincent from the mainland and Andrew Groves from the Island, who judged the heavy horse ploughing. Money raised from the event is shared with local charities, the main beneficiary being Challenge and Adventure.
Tractor Ploughing – Young Ploughman (25 or Under)
Dolf & Barney Downer Memorial Trophy for the best crown – Ben Mosdell
Ashley Morris Memorial trophy for the best finish – George Richards
Geoff Hughes Memorial Trophy – William Earley
Alayna Morris Memorial Trophy for best work done overall – George Richards
Den Phillips Memorial Trophy for the best work done with a trailer plough – Geoff Phillips
John Attrill Memorial Trophy for the best work done with a general purpose plough – Tom Richards
Derek Young Memorial Trophy for the best work done with a semi-digger or match plough – George Richards
Stephen Hayles Memorial Trophy for the best work done by a Novice Ploughman – Michael Tyre
Jack Carter Memorial trophy for the best work done with a ford tractor – John Stallard
Fred Price Memorial trophy for the best work done with a Massey Ferguson tractor – George Richards
Norman Thearle Memorial Trophy for the best work done using a Ransomes Plough – George Richards
Dave Kissick Memorial Trophy for the best opening – John Stallard
Fred Hollis Memorial trophy for the best crown – Geoff Phillips
Harold and Rob Moody Memorial trophy for the best finish – George Richards
Red Funnel for the best work done with a Red tractor – George Richards
Memorial Ploughing Match Champions Cup for the best work done by an IW Ploughman – George Richards.