Gravesend and Rochester Agricultural Association

Ploughing Match

 

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PLOUGHING RULES AND REGULATIONS
    • All Vintage Ploughs to be position by 9.00 am and start at 9.30 am by a signal given by gunfire by the Ploughing Match Host, and to finish at 12.00 noon promptly
    • All Conventional Ploughs to be position by 9.30 am and start at 10 am by a signal given by gunfire by the Ploughing Match Host, and to finish at 12.00 noon promptly.
    • One penalty point to be deducted for each two minutes in excess of time for classes 1-5.
    • One penalty point to be deducted for each minute in excess of time on Championship Class 6.
    • The Championship Class 6 to be completed within 1 hour. One penalty point to be deducted for each minute in excess of this time.

  1. After opening out a competitor must not proceed further until told to do so by the Steward to his Cant. The opening split as from now is not to be run down.

  2. Cant Numbers to be collected from the Secretary on the morning of the match.

  3. Competitors will be informed by the Stewards of the depth of furrow required.

  4. No person will be allowed to walk by the side or instruct a competing Ploughman after the first “went”.

  5. The Tractor and Plough must be the property of the Farmer entering the Ploughman.

  6. All ploughing must be across the tramlines in all Classes including vintage.

  7. SCORE CARD (for Conventional Classes):
    Opening20 Points
    Start (11 or 12 Furrows) 20 Points
    Seed Bed 20 Points
    Firmness 20 Points
    Uniformity 20 Points
    Finish (last 8 furrows) 20 Points
    Accuracy of final furrow 20 Points
    Ins and Out 20 Points
    General Appearance 20 Points
    180 Points
  8. SCORE CARD (for Reversible Classes):
    Opening 20 Points
    Start (11 or 12 Furrows) 20 Points
    Seed Bed 20 Points
    Firmness 20 Points
    Uniformity 20 Points
    Finish (last 15 or 16 furrows) 20 Points
    Accuracy of Final Furrow 20 Points
    Ins and Out 20 Points
    General Appearance 20 Points
    180 Points

  9. If there are less than three Entries in any one class, this class will be amalgamated with an existing class.

  10. The Second Prize will be withheld unless there are four or more Entries in any one Section, and the Third Prize will be withheld unless there are six Entries or more.

  11. Each competitor will receive from the Secretary a £5.00 lunch voucher.

  12. The Committee shall have the power to deviate from this Schedule if the entries or other circumstances so dictate.

  13. First prize winners are invited as guests to the Annual Ploughing Match Dinner at Nurstead Court on Friday 16 October 2015 6.45 for 7.15 pm but Prize Winners must inform the Secretary during the afternoon of the Match of their intention to attend otherwise the ticket will be forfeited.

  14. Ploughing Classes to be sub-divided at the discretion of the Chief Ploughing Steward. The winner of each class, or sub-division, to qualify for entry into the championship class.

  15. Judges for “special prizes” (eg “best New Holland”) to be based on the following scale applicable to all ploughing classes.

    • For a 1st place in any class 10 points
    • For a 2nd place in any class 8 points
    • For a 3rd place in any class 6 points
    • For a 4th place in any class 4 points
    • For a 5th place in any class 2 points
    • All cups and trophies are “perpetual” ie not to be retainable by a competitor winning three times in succession.
    • The Committee reserves the right to refuse entry to any person without reason.

  16. SCORE CARD (for Vintage Classes):
    Opening 20 Points
    Start (11 or 12 Furrows)20 Points
    Seed Bed 20 Points
    Firmness 20 Points
    Uniformity 20 Points
    Finish (last 8 Furrows) 20 Points
    Accuracy of Final Furrow 20 Points
    Ins and Out 20 Points
    General Appearance20 Points
    180 Points