Master at Work

The annual ploughing match held on fields at Boulby near Staithes on the picturesque coastline of North Yorkshire got off to a muddy start earlier this morning.

The event which was organised once again by Tom Harland and Christine Golding helps to raise money for the ‘Charlie Bear for Cancer Care’ fund. Hit the link HERE to visit their ‘Just Giving’ page and to read more about how the charity came about.

The ploughing match brings together farmers and ploughing experts who compete in various categories during the competition. Many are still using vintage tractor and plough set-ups and the friendly rivalry and banter creates a great atmosphere as these traditional skills are practiced and kept alive….continuing back even further into traditional ploughing history and the impressive sight of a pair of huge Belgian Draught horses pulling their plough as they work the field always attracts attention.

If you missed it this year then stick a date in your diary for next time and pop along and take a look at some traditional farming skills that are being kept alive by a small but dedicated and skillful bunch…but don’t forget your wellies!


For everything you ever wanted to know about the plough and ploughing check this link out.




The first task of the day for one of the competitors is to pull the brew wagon onto the field after it got stuck in the mud


A competitor reverses his tractor out of a truck at the start of the competition



James Jobson from Hartlepool reverses his David Brown Selectamatic 990 off a trailer

IFXP0026The competition takes place on the fields above Staithes on the Yorkshire coast

0112‘Cindy’ (left) and ‘Daisy’, a pair of Belgian Draughts are worked by owners Paddy and Marie Pennock…

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A competitor checks his work as he ploughs


James Jobson from Hartlepool arrives for the ploughing match


‘Master at Work’


Ian Myers from York stands with his 1958 McCormick International


Competitors head down through the muddy field to register their entry into the competition


A couple of co-drivers


Points are awarded by judges according to the depth of furrow, straightness and consistency and the start point from where the plough enters the ground


An entrant looks on as a fellow competitor ploughs his first furrow


A Jack Russell sits on the mud guard of a tractor


A competitor sets his plough as he starts his second run


It’s all about the depth and the consistency…


…and the straightness of the ploughing…


…and concentration

IFXT0039Ian Myers from York ploughs using a 1940 ‘Ransom’ plough on the back of his 1958 McCormick International tractor




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All images copyright Ian Forsyth 2014

Published by ian forsyth photography

Press and Documentary photographer covering the North of England. Stringer & contributor for Getty Images News. Prints are available to buy on my website.

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