Keeping ploughing engines, implements and skills alive
THE GREAT CHALLENGE 2013
Hosted by Michael and Jeremy Davies at their farm at Avon Dassett the seventh Great Challenge over the weekend of 14-15 September was a great success. This was notwithstanding threatening weather and very hard soil conditions requiring a late change to the site of the event at the farm. The decision was made to spread the work among five fields. All this had to be done at the last minute so great credit is due to those involved.
The Challenge was made up of ten sets. Six entered with their own ploughs and the remainder were put together for the weekend.
The four shallow ploughs were assigned to plots on the upper land to avoid bringing up stones and the diggers were placed on the remaining plots. All but one of the four acre plots were completed in the time allocated and one set finished during the first day.
The judges, Graham Clifton, David Kerry and David Exwood said because of the very high standard of work by the entrants coming to a final decision reflected a very close result.
Commenting at the end of the Challenge Michael Davies said, “I am absolutely delighted at the way the weekend has gone. This was despite some severe problems at the beginning all of which were successfully overcome.” “All in the tradition of the Steam Plough Club,” added club chairman Simon Fisher.