ALL COMPETITORS MUST BE AGED 13 OR OVER AND UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL ANY PERSON UNDER 13 YEARS OF AGE BE ALLOWED TO DRIVE OR RIDE IN AN AGRICULTURAL VEHICLE ON THE SHOW SITE.
A LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED FOR ALL PLOUGHMEN COMPETING IN THE MATCH
THE PLOUGHING MATCH WILL BE CONDUCTED UNDER THE RULES OF THE SOCIETY OF PLOUGHMEN EXCEPT HERE OTHERWISE STATED IN THE FOLLOWING LOCAL RULES:
1. All competitors must be full members of the Association
2. All competitors must be able to provide documentation of appropriate insurance cover for their tractor and plough.
3. Competitors must state on their entry forms the make of tractor and plough and number of furrows. Please state if under 30 on the day of the match.
4. Competitors must be ready to plough at 9.15 a.m. prompt. Ploughing must finish by 1:00 p.m. except for Classes 1 and 2.
5a. CONVENTIONAL PLOUGHS: After the land has been opened by a double split, the ploughman must stop for judging. No land shall be left unturned. He is then to plough three times round the veering and then proceed to the ridge of the higher number and plough out his plot.
5b. REVERSIBLE PLOUGHS: After the land has been opened by a single furrow body, (one way only), the ploughman must stop for judging. He is then to plough up and down once towards the lower number and then proceed to the ridge of the higher number and plough out his plot using left and right hand bodies.
6. The depth of the ploughing must be no more than 8 inches in all classes.
7. No ploughman may compete in more than one class.
8. Rolling of the opening slit is permitted.
9. No furrows may be tidied after they have been turned. Ploughs that have adjustable furrow widths must not be altered during the match.
10. If there are less than two entries in any one class, the class may be amalgamated with another class at the Ploughing Chairman’s discretion.
11. At the discretion of the judges, in the event of only three starters in any one class, only two prizes will be awarded. If there are only two starters in any one class, only one prize will be awarded.
12. The exhibitor accepts full responsibility for all accidents caused by his machine or employees.
13. No purely manufacturers’ or implement agents’ demonstrators or specialists are allowed to compete as ploughmen at the match. The bona fides of every competitor will be strictly examined.
14. Should a competing manufacturer or implement agent be a farmer, or farming contractor, then the competing ploughman must be a full-time employee employed as a regular and in no sense a specialist or demonstrator.
15. The judge’s decision is accepted as final and binding.
16. Any competitor or their machinery deemed to be unsafe by the ploughing stewards will be asked to leave the site.
17. No passengers to ride on or in a machine on the show site unless the machine is being demonstrated by a trader.