AFTER a two-year lapse due to Covid-19 the Garvagh Clydesdale and Vintage Vehicle Club recently hosted a very successful ploughing match, held on the farm of Mark and Leanne Boyd, Killyvalley Road.
With the improvement in weather at the beginning of March ground conditions were perfect and a good turnout of competitors was recorded. The efforts of the club were well rewarded with a good level of spectator interest in the finer aspects of vintage ploughing.
Judges for the day were Des Wright and Martin Stewart and both were full of praise for the high standard of ploughing for assessment. They also paid compliment to the good turnout of competitors in the novice class as this augurs well for the future of vintage ploughing. The senior members were always at hand to give advice to the juniors some of them starting out on their ploughing career.
Martin Beattie put on an excellent display of ploughing with a very rare vintage trail plough and was well rewarded for his efforts with the Nelson and Jean Andrews Cup for the Championship of the field.
Mark Getty enjoyed his day out and was awarded the winner of the Novice Class and the Andrew Barr Cup.
As always, there was great interest in the Clydesdale horses. David Anderson, assisted by Edwin Murphy and Walter Milliken, gave an excellent display of horse ploughing with his pair of Clydesdales, turned out to perfection.
Earlier in the day the Faulkner Family from Ringsend presented the club with a new trophy in memory of their father Bertie Faulkner. Bertie was a regular competitor at the Garvagh ploughing event and an avid supporter of horse ploughing, having competed at local and international level. David Anderson had the pleasure of being the first winner of this award.
The club express sincere thanks to Iris and Derek Knight for their help in providing a very welcome Irish Stew lunch served during the day.
The main sponsors of the event were the TBF Thompson Ministries Group and the club are most grateful for their financial support. The club committee decided that the proceeds of the day be sent to the Ukraine disaster appeal fund, a very much needy cause at this time and spectators are also thanked for their generosity.
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