Scotland is hosting the prestigious European Reversible Ploughing Championships for the first time on 19th and 20th October 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 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.
Ploughing Championships (Scotland) Limited is delighted that Kverneland is on board as main sponsor for both the European Reversible and Scottish Ploughing Championships. The European Reversible is also being sponsored by Claas UK and Kongskilde. Both events are being supported this year by EventScotland and East Lothian Council as well as local businesses and the local community.
Over 150 ploughers will compete at the Scottish Ploughing Championships in the different classes for modern, vintage and horse ploughing - conventional (general purpose), classic, multi furrow reversible butts, classic reversible, Ferguson TE20, vintage mounted, vintage trailing, high cut, horticultural, horses broken furrow and whole furrow, with the champions in each section going on to represent Scotland at World, European, Six and Five Nations championships around the globe.
There are a variety of classes on offer for juniors (under 26 years) - conventional, reversible - butts and multi furrow, classic and vintage - all with trophies and prize money on offer.
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 and a display of vintage tractors and stationary engines on site.
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.
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland, said: "We are delighted to be supporting both the European Reversible and Scottish Ploughing Championships. Scotland has a rich agricultural heritage and breathtaking landscapes upon which to hold ploughing competitions, making it the perfect stage for contests of this nature. The championships will undoubtedly attract hundreds of people to East Lothian from both the local area and further afield, which will in turn deliver many benefits for the area.”