Stallard ploughs straightest furrow

By Alan Marriott

Monday, February 25, 2013


Stallard ploughs straightest furrow

Competitors in the Chequers Challenge ploughing match. Picture by Robin Crossley.

RESPITE from the rain allowed those taking part to plough straight furrows in an annual Isle of Wight ploughing match.

Kern Farm at Alverstone was the venue for the 15th annual Chequers Challenge charity ploughing match.

Champion in the conventional ploughing class was John Stallard, from Upper Hyde Farm, Shanklin, beating Stephen Peachey, from Peachey Engineering at Rookley. Third-placed was Frank Willis.

The trailer plough section was won by Geoff Phillips, who beat teenager Darren Caws and in third place, Lee Bradley.

The contest, which was the brainchild of Mr Stallard and Chequers Inn landlord, Richard Holmes, this year attracted 27 entries — slightly down on previous years.

Organiser Ricky Attrill, himself a proficient ploughman, but who gave himself a day off competition to stage the contest, said: "We were fortunate in having judges from the mainland and thanks go to them, the landowner for providing such a superb site and the ploughmen for turning-up on a very cold but, thankfully, dry day.

"The landowner decided proceeds from the day of £678 should be donated to the charity, the Alverstone Old School Hall, where we enjoyed such a marvellous spread."

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