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It’s a ploughman’s winner as females dominate in downpour

Published: October 3, 2017

Duchy College Duchy Stoke Climsland

The girls beat the boys this year to walk away as champions in their class at this year’s Launceston & Callington Ploughing Association Ploughing Match.


Despite the bad weather, there were a record number of entries competing for the top spot.


Duchy College teams were placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd, which was a fantastic result for the College with the ladies team of Charlotte Tucker, Katie Saunders, Amy Hogan and Beth Wakefield winning the overall title.


Beth Wakefield won the best plough operator in her class. They were closely followed by Sam Green, Ed Tuckett, Karl Williams and Henry Baskerville who took second and Ben Hawken, Louise Birch, Lee Grogan and Denzil Brook who were third.


Event organiser Andrew Medland said “it was a great match despite the horrendous weather”.


“The high standard of competition was brilliant with plenty of ploughman taking part. The teams from Duchy College were absolutely superb and it is fantastic to see so many young people coming into this competition.”


The Duchy College teams were mentored by Tom Gill, Workshop Manager at the College. All the students are currently studying a Level 2 or Level 3 in Agriculture.


Team Lead for Agriculture, Peter Walker, said it was “a fantastic result for our students and very well deserved”.


“For me this is a clear demonstration that these guys are on the right path, they are developing their skills and have the capability to succeed in their chosen careers,” he added.


The event was held at Alren Farm, Stoke Climsland.   Andrew added: “The standard this year was very good, which can only be a good thing for the future of the competition.  But I’d also like to extend my thanks to Mr T Lightfoot, because if it wasn’t for them loaning us the land, this event would not be possible.”

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