British National Ploughing Championships

Posted by Chris Graham on 21st June 2021

We’re happy to confirm that the 2021 British National Ploughing Championships will be taking place this October, in Northumberland.

British National Ploughing Championships

There’s always plenty of ‘top class’ machines to be seen working hard at the British National Ploughing Championships. Here’s James Hardstaff’s 1961 Fordson Triple-D. (Pic: Peter Love)

After the disappointment of cancelling the 2020 event due to the pandemic, The Society of Ploughman is looking forward to celebrating the 70th British National Ploughing Championships in 2021. Around 250 top ploughmen and women from all over the UK are expected to compete on October 9th-10th, at Mindrum Mill in Northumberland, which is just two miles from the Scottish border.

British National Ploughing Championships

Two busy days will be packed with competitions for many types of plough and styles of ploughing, and will climax when the Supreme Champion is chosen. The event will also see the competitors selected to represent England at the 2022 World Ploughing Contest, the European Reversible Ploughing Championships and the European Vintage Ploughing Championships.

The site of the championships covers more than 200 acres, and has good facilities for competitors and public alike. There’s easy access by road, and plenty of car parking space.  The main sponsors of the event are Firestone Tyres and Continental Tyres, and there’s further support from, among other, Tama, Ivor King and the Ford & Fordson Association.

British National Ploughing Championships

The championships are returning to Northumberland for only the third time in the event’s 70-year history and, as well as witnessing top-notch competition ploughing, visitors will also be able to enjoy a varied selection of agricultural trade stands, new and vintage equipment demonstrations, shopping stalls, vintage tractor and machinery displays, country crafts and giant steam ploughing engines. Also, tractors-drawn trailers will be on hand to transport visitors around the huge site.

• The Ford & Fordson Association will have 10 plots at the above championships on Sunday 10th and, with there having been no qualifying possible in 2020, the club would welcome interest from match ploughmen who are members of the Association. The closing date is early July so members should call 01379 677866 immediately, to register their interest.

For more information, entry forms and/or enquiries about the event generally, call 01302 852469.

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