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Shaun, 15, ploughs his way to victory

Manx National Ploughing Championships held at Orrisdale Ballaugh.
 Shaun Gale, 15, is helped by his grandfather, Jim Cain

Manx National Ploughing Championships held at Orrisdale Ballaugh. Shaun Gale, 15, is helped by his grandfather, Jim Cain

Fine weather ensured a higher than usual turn-out at the Manx National Ploughing Championships, at Orrisdale, Ballaugh.

Spectators watched Shaun Gale, who is just 15, being crowned winner of the horse ploughing competition.

He was helped by his grandfather Jim Cain, a former national champion himself who has taken part in every national match.

There were 17 entries competing, hoping to secure a place in the British National Ploughing Championships to be held in Basingstoke, Hampshire in October.

Winner of the world style class - the most modern form of ploughing - was Gordon Kennaugh of St John’s in his green John Deere tractor.

Event organiser Tony Collister, of Ashford Farm, near Eairy Dam, secured first place in the vintage trailer plough category, the oldest form of ploughing, with his green Fordson tractor.

The vintage hydraulic class was won by Alan Radcliffe, who farms just outside Bride, and honours in the classic class went to Colin Duggan of Ballamodha.

Gordon, Tony, Alan and Colin were named overall champions in that order.

Runner-up in the horse class was Nicola Rawnsley who secured first prize for the best turned out horses.

Shire horses bred in the island by Graham Jones took part in the ploughing matches.

Champions in the main classes will also go on to represent the Isle of Man in the European Ploughing Championships being held just outside Dublin in September.

Tony Collister, who is chairman of the Isle of Man Ploughing Association, said: ‘There will be over 200 spectators in the European Championships which runs alongside the Irish National event. It will be the biggest event I will ever take part in.’

The Manx Nation Championship, which has been held for some 60 years, was hosted at John Radcliffe’s farm off the Orrisdale Road, Bishopscourt.

 

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