Horse & Tractor Ploughing

The first ploughing match 1912 evolved from a challenge between 2 brothers one night in the Boot & Shoe pub, both claiming their hired hands could plough better. So a challenge took place in Flintham to find out who was the best.

It is the tradition of the society to welcome horse ploughing teams to our show who come from as far away as the Beamish Museum in the north and Devon in the south. The horse ploughing is a popular attraction with the general public and school children.

There are 2 classes for the competitors to enter – High Cut and Single Furrow Digger ploughing. There is also a class for the horses – for the best turned out pair of horses and the best decorated pair.  It is a wonderful sight to see the horses well groomed, decorated with the horse brasses and plaited mane and tails.

Since the original wager in 1912 using horses to pull the plough, classes have been introduced to accommodate the evolvement of the petrol-diesel engine.

Today we have classes from the smallest horticultural garden tractor which the ploughman walks behind to the large Does and modern computerised 4 wheel drive tractors.

The Vintage classes for tractor manufactured pre 1959 are very popular. Competitors also compete for the best turned out working vintage and static tractor.

Traditional Ploughing Competition Flintham Show 2022 100th Show

For further information, please contact Lucie Sheldon and Victoria Earl at:

Tractor Ploughing at the Flintham Show

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