Blasthill ploughman obliterated the opposition

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Photographs by Mark Davey

Ploughman Stuart McConnachie’s fabulous furrows gave him the overall win at Glenrioch farm and his first ploughing match medal.

Mr McConnachie beat 16 other competitors, in very high squally wind and sharp heavy rain-showers, to win the coveted Kintyre Agricultural Cup and  the Royal Highland Agricultural Society Medal.

In addition he won the John Cullen Cup for the Reversible Class winner.

The Kintyre Agricultural Society secretary, Councillor  John Armour, said: ‘A great dry week leading up to the day meant that, despite unsettled weather, Kintyre Agricultural Society’s Annual Ploughing match went ahead.

‘The competition was held on an excellent field at Glenrioch farm by kind permission of the McKendrick family.

‘Malcolm Ronald and James Colville were the judges for the day and host Margaret McKendrick presented the prizes at the end of the competition.

‘Kintyre Agricultural Society would like top thank the McKendrick family for hosting the ploughing match, Malcolm Ronald and James Colville for judging, D McNair and Sons, Gavin Reid, Willie Reid, Donald McKay and Drew Mckendrick for sponsorship, Carole and Christine for providing the refreshments and to all competitors and helpers for making the day a success.’

The full results were as follows: Class one (under 12 inch): 1 Michael Mayberry; 2 Jake Ronald and 3 Gavin Reid. Extra prizes: best break: Michael Mayberry, straightest: Gavin Reid, best first six furrows: Michael Mayberry, best last six furrows: Michael Mayberry, best ins and outs: Ben Bannatyne best finish: Michael Mayberry. Class two (12 inch and over): 1 Jamie Reid, 2 Thomas Ralston, 3 Paul Newall. Extra prizes: best break: Thomas Ralston, Straightest, best first six furrows, best last six furrows and best finish: Jamie Reid, best ins and outs: Murray Barbour. Class three (reversible): 1 Stuart McConnachie, 2 Richard McCrindle, 3 Ian Barbour. Extra prizes: best  break and best first six furrows:  Richard McCrindle, straightest and best last six furrows: Stuart McConnachie, best ins and outs and best finish: Drew McKendrick. Class four (horse): 1 Stephen Jones, all extra prizes: Stephen Jones. Special prizes: first on field: Michael Mayberry, first finished: Jock Sommerville, least experienced: Ben Bannatyne, youngest competitor: Ben Bannatyne, furthest traveled; Richard McCrindle, oldest competitor: Jock Sommerville, best looking ploughman: Jake Ronald, hardest luck: Jake Ronald, worst plot Murray Barbour, tidiest yoke:       Ben Bannatyne. Highest placed from outwith Kintyre: Richard McCrindle. Tractor prizes: best maintained: Paul Newall, second best maintained:   Gavin Reid. Oldest tractor Gavin Reid, newest tractor: Fraser MacPhail.

Cup  winners: Kintyre  Agricultural  Cup  and winner  of  the  R.H.A.S.  medal
Stuart McConnachie, Messrs Ralston cup  for  winner in non- medal  class:
Michael Mayberry, John  Cullen cup for winner of reversible class: Stuart McConnachie, John  McKay cup for best lot by a 25year-old, older or  younger: Jake Ronald, Glenside cup for most points using a Case/International tractor: Stuart McConnachie, Hamilton Bros. cup for  most points using a Massey Ferguson tractor: Richard McCrindle, Ford cup for most points using a Ford tractor: Michael Mayberry.

High winds and heavy showers did not dampen enthusiasm at the annual KAS ploughing match. 25_c10ploughing02_overall

The ploughing judges, James Colville and Malcolm Ronald. 25_c10ploughing05_Judges

The best looking ploughman was Jake Ronald. 25_c10ploughing04_Best_looking

The winners from left: Richard McCrindle, Stuart McConnachie, Stephen Jones, Michael Mayberry, Jake Ronald with Mr and Mrs McKendrick’s daughter, Castlehill pupil Alice McKendrick, 11. 25_c10ploughing01_winners

Grandpa, Willie Reid, gives his grandson Jack Reid, 4, a lesson. 25_c10ploughing03_Willie_andgrandson_Jack_Reid

A technical adjustment. 25_c10ploughing06_fine_Tuning