110th Taka­pau Plough­ing Match on

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En­tries are rolling in for the 110th Taka­pau Plough­ing Match, to be held on Oc­to­ber 6.

Plough­men and women will be trav­el­ling from Waikato, Manawatu¯ and Wairarapa and places be­tween to plough at the Taka­pau event.

The sea­son has al­ready be­gun with the first match in Re­poroa on Septem­ber 29, al­low­ing the com­peti­tors to eye up their ri­vals, sharpen their skills and get the bit be­tween their teeth for the Taka­pau match.

There will be horse teams com­pet­ing too. It’s al­ways a crowd pleaser when the heavy horses flex their mus­cle and add the creak and jin­gle of har­ness to the chug and grum­ble of the trac­tors. All the or­gan­is­ers need now is good weather.

The 2020 NZ Cham­pi­onships are also head­ing to Taka­pau, to be held on April 4 and 5, so plough­men want to get ac­cus­tomed to the heavy loam soils of the dis­trict, which is great plough­ing.

On Septem­ber 1 and 2, Ian Woolly from Blen­heim and Bob Mehrtens from Ti­maru com­peted at the World Cham­pi­onships in Ger­many against 54 plough­men (two were woman) from 29 coun­tries. Ian Woolly achieved third in Con­ven­tional and Bob Mehrtens eighth in Re­versible, which was an out­stand­ing achievement by the New Zealan­ders against the world’s best plough­men.

They prac­tise for a week be­fore the cham­pi­onships to test and ad­just them­selves and their ploughs to the con­di­tions, which were quite hard al­though a bit a rain the night be­fore helped.

The Ger­man event was pro­gres­sive and well or­gan­ised and the prop­erty — 300ha at Stuttgart — was ideal.

There were 8-10,000 vis­i­tors to the in­ter­na­tional event each day.

At Taka­pau the plough­men com­pete to win lo­cally, then go on to the NZ Cham­pi­onships, the win­ners of which travel over­seas the fol­low­ing year.

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