Scotland is hosting the 33rd European Reversible Championships at Saltcoats, Gullane, East Lothian on 19th and 20th October by kind permission of J J & K Trainer and Luffness Ltd, followed by the 54th Scottish Ploughing Championships at West Fenton, East Lothian, just a short distance from the European Reversible site, on 22nd and 23rd October by kind permission of W Courtenay Morrison & Co.
The European Reversible is attracting top class ploughers from Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, France, Germany, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Russia, Switzerland and Scotland. This will be the first time that Scotland has hosted the prestigious competition and Ploughing Championships (Scotland) Limited is delighted that Kverneland is on board as main sponsor for both Championships. The European Reversible is also being sponsored by Claas UK and Kongskilde. The events are being supported this year by EventScotland and East Lothian Council as well as the local community and businesses.
Scotland's representatives in the European Reversible are Dave Carnegie from Laurencekirk, who was Scotland's first World Champion in 1996 and Andy Greenhill from Bridge of Earn.
Northern Ireland's representatives include David Wright from Magherafelt who is the current European Reversible champion, winning it for the third time in the Netherlands last year. David is also a former World Champion, winning the conventional title in 2003.
Adrian Jamison from Ballymena came 3rd in the European Reversible Championships last year.
Russian representatives Andrei Shal and Vadim Zaretskikh are Russian champions - Andrei in 2014 and runner up in 2016 and Vadim champion in 2015 and 2016.
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the European Reversible and Scottish Ploughing Championships through EventScotland’s National Programme this October. These championships promise to be fantastic events, which will bring together some of the best ploughers from across Scotland and around the world, with East Lothian providing the perfect stage for the action to unfold upon.”
The Scottish Ploughing Championships will see over 180 ploughers competing in the modern, classic, vintage and horse ploughing classes, with the champions in each section going on to represent Scotland at international competitions around the globe in 2017.
There is a good entry of ploughers in the Lothians and Borders who will be looking to take home silverware and qualify to represent Scotland at international events next year.
The current Scottish reversible and conventional champions - Andrew Mitchell Snr and Andrew Mitchell Jnr from Forfar, recently added to their haul of world medals and titles at this year's World Ploughing Championships held at Crockey Hill, York, on 8th - 11th September. Andrew Snr retained the World Reversible championship taking the title for a record-breaking sixth time. Andrew Jnr won the World Conventional championship for a third time. It was a fantastic achievement for the father and son team and a feat never before achieved in the 63 years of the World Ploughing Championships. The Mitchell family are taking a break from competing at the Scottish and will be judging this year.
Ploughing commences at 9.30 am each morning, and finishes at 2 pm, so make sure you go along early to see all the action.
Alongside the competition ploughing there will be machinery stands, demonstrations by modern farm machinery as well as vintage machinery on display.
More information is available on the website at www.scotplough.co.uk and you can also keep up to date with the latest news via the Scottish Ploughing Championships Facebook page.