10:40AM, Wednesday 07 October 2015
More than 500 visitors ploughed into fields in Windsor to watch skilled farmers at the ‘best ever’ Royal East Berkshire Agricultural Association (REBAA) Ploughing Show.
The annual event, which is in its 162nd year, took place on Sunday, September 27, at Clayhall Farm in Windsor.
Farmers from across the borough competed in the traditional ploughing show throughout the day.
Joint chairman of REBAA, Derek Potter, who has been involved for more than 50 years, described it as an ‘exceptional day.’
He said: “It was one of the best ever and most successful shows we have ever had, certainly since I have been involved in the running of the ploughing match.”
Prior to the event, the Reverend Martin Poll conducted a blessing of the plough, before 40 ploughman took part in the match, including horse ploughs and vintage ploughs.
A team of judges decided to award the prestigious Sir Richard Haddon Supreme Challenge Cup to John Witchell.
“It’s all about keeping the tradition going,” said Mr Potter, of Green Lane, Fifield.
“This is something which is not possible in most farming activities today, so it is good to still be thriving.”
The show is an opportunity for the REBAA to present trophies to winners of events from throughout the year.
Around 20 stalls were also set up around the venue, representing farming and agriculture from around the borough, as well as a dog show.
The event raised £1,000 which will be donated to Air Ambulance Berks, Oxon and Bucks, and Thames Hospice Care.
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