57th Scottish and 22nd European Vintage Ploughing Championships

Report by Jane McDowall, Secretary of Scottish Ploughing Championships

he weekend of the event was bright, sunny and windy with a good turnout of ploughers, spectators and helpers. The European Vintage ploughers arrived on the Thursday ready for official practice day on the Friday which took place alongside the Fife Coastal Path and the scenic St Monans and Firth of Forth in the background. The site at Bowhouse, by kind permission of the Anstruther family, was ideally suited to the event and the use of the large shed for catering, functions and prize-giving was a bonus. Day one saw 200 ploughers start on the Saturday morning in both the European Vintage competition and Scottish Ploughing Championships. No results are announced on the first day. All ploughers in the European Vintage plough two days with results amalgamated for placings. After day one of the Scottish Ploughing Championships the top ploughers in each class - World Style Conventional and Reversible Butts, Classic Conventional, Classic Reversible, Vintage Mounted and Vintage Trailing - draw plots to go through to the second day's Plough Offs. The scores for both days are added together to find the winners in each class with all results announced on the Sunday evening. Two sets of three judges make up the panels for each of the World style classes with judges invited from all over Scotland as well as Northern Ireland and Wales. After the grand raffle featuring a huge range of great prizes the results of the 57th Scottish Ploughing Championships were announced:


- Current Conventional World Champion (and six times Reversible World Champion) Andrew Mitchell Snr from Forfar won the Scottish Conventional title for a second time earning his place for the World Ploughing Championships in Russia in 2020.

- Dave Carnegie from Laurencekirk won his 12th Scottish Reversible title and will join Andrew in Russia. - The Juniors section was won by Andrew Beattie from Forfar. Reversible multi furrow winner was Steven Gannon, Crieff. - Jim Elliott from Aberdeenshire was once again Horses Champion. Benny Duncan, Cupar took the reserve horse ploughing championship.

- Demonstrators (non GPS) results: 1st Kevin Rennie (LEMKEN / Sellars), 2nd Kenny Wilson (Kverneland / Netherton Tractors, 3rd Ross Greenhill (CNH Industrial / Fife Tractors.

- Demonstrators (GPS) results: 1st Duncan Duthie (LEMKEN / Sellars), 2nd Les Cook (Kverneland / Netherton), 3rd Chris Wilson (Kverneland / Netherton).

- The Classic Conventional was won by Jim McIndoe Jnr, Broxburn wih David Thomlinson of York 2nd and Jim Walker, Inverurie in 3rd.

- The Non Hydraulic Classic Reversible was won by Raymond Middleton of Elgin with Neil Ramsay of Earlston 2nd and Steven Fowler, Stonehaven in 3rd.

- The Vintage Trailing was won by Doug Stewart, New Deer, with David Kirkpatrick, Dumfries in 2nd and John Milnes, Sheffield in 3rd. - The Vintage Mounted was won by David Wood, Coldstream with Ron Phillips, Cupar in 2nd and Alex Evans, Carlisle in 3rd.

The Scottish Ploughing Championships is indebted to Kverneland UK for their continued support as main sponsor and to LEMKEN UK for their sponsorship of the European Vintage Ploughing Championships. Thanks are due to all the sponsors, demonstrators, trade stands, advertisers and support from local companies to ensure that it was another successful event. Full results available on the website at

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