NORTHERN Ireland Ploughing Association held its Annual General Meeting recently.
An excellent turnout of representing societies were in attendance and the meeting was chaired by Vice President and Lagan River councillor Tim McClelland.
A minute’s silence was observed for three Honorary members who passed away since the last AGM – Laurence McMillan (Patron), Jim Scott and James Fitchie.
Don Wright, who has been a member, Honorary Member, Vice President and international match host on two occasions, was elected Patron of the Northern Ireland Ploughing Association.
Don has been a member of the committee for 55 years and has been a familiar face at world, national and local matches during this time.
Other elections were as follows: President, William King, Coleraine; Chairman and World Board Member, Adrian Jamison, Ballycastle.
Vice Chairman William Hood returns to the top table after a break of 27 years. William has a long history in the ploughing world and had previously served as Chairman of the World Ploughing Association.
Also re-elected is Alison Armstrong, Secretary.
A new Vice President was also elected, Mrs Evelyn Wright, whose family hosted the International Ploughing Match last year in Cookstown and three Honorary members, David Percy, Sam Pinkerton and Martin Gill were also elected.
This has been a very successful year for the NIPA with two first time ploughmen, Andrew Gill and James Coulter, returning from the World Ploughing Championships in Minnesota with medals.
The qualifiers for the World Championships in Russia this year are Andrew Gill, who will plough in the Conventional class, and David Wright, who will compete in the Reversible class.
The next diary date will be Friday and Saturday, October 2-3, when NIPA hopes to hold its 77th International Ploughing Championships on land near Armoy, County Antrim.
The event is set to be a great day out for all the family and will showcase many qualified competitors from NI and ROI competing in six different classes, including World Style Conventional, World Style Reversible, Vintage Class, Classic Class, Under 25 Class and Horse Class.
The Ploughing Championships will be an ideal meeting place for anyone involved in the agriculture industry and their families to see top ploughmen show off their skills for the honour of being crowned a Northern Ireland Champion and representing their country on World and European Stages.
Over the course of the two days there will be vintage ploughing, trade and craft stalls, outdoor trade stands and kids activities.