For the first time in 79 years horses were missing from Listooder Ploughing Society’s annual match at Kilmore, Crossgar, on Saturday.
Only two entries were received in the horse section and the class had to be cancelled. The society, however, hopes that there will be sufficient entries to hold a horse section at next year’s match.
Conditions were described as “ideal” for Saturday’s event when the championship of the field award went to Mr Eric McBlane of Millisle. Class and special awards were:
World style – 1, Samuel Pinkerton, Nutt’s Corner; 2, Winston Gill, Thompson Reid Tractors; 3, J McGladdery, Comber.
Whole work (open) – 1, Eric McBlane, Millisle; 2, William Hunter, Ballynahinch; 3, J H Gibson, Hillsborough.
Whole work (confined) – 1, R Jennings, Crossgar; 2, M Gill, Ballynahinch; 3, Norman Johnston, Downpatrick.
Three furrow class – 1, William Johnston, Portaferry; 2, J Quinn, Killinchy; 3, P Savage, Portaferry.
Under 21 class – 1, T Patterson, Ballynahinch; 2, John Gill, Killinchy; 3, K Rogers, Ballynahinch.
Best “ins and outs” – T Patterson.
Best back – R Gill
Best hint – S Pinkerton.
Best work done by a Ransome plough – E McBlane.
Championship of the field – E McBlane.