Plougher proves that women can do anything
A Tirau ploughwoman proved she has the skill to compete with the big boys after placing in the national finals.
Angela Taylor came second in the Conventional grass section at the 61st Ploughing Championships.
The North Island’s only female competitor said she was mentally prepared to take on the challenge that was held in Rongotea, a small town in Manawatu .
‘‘That was the best placing I’ve had at the finals and it’s a personal best as well.’’
Taylor prepared four days before the championships to get her mentally in the zone.
Her daughter’s partner, who races motorbikes, helped her set out a plan to help work through the nerves.
‘‘It really helped me. It’s a different, unusual sport you’d come across and very challenging.’’
Taylor also placed fifth in the stubble and fourth overall winner.
Winning silver is ‘‘one up’’ from the two bronze medals she won in 2010 and 2012.
She completed the three hour competition leaving eight minutes on the clock.
Working in four sections, competitors had to complete a open split, the crown, bodywork and finish within the allocated time.
They ploughed through a 100 by 20metre plot and judges did their markings through each section.
Organised to encourage an interest in the skill of ploughing Taylor said she is the only woman in the North Island competing in conventional ploughing.
She said it has been a very interesting experience competing against men.
‘‘You do get the odd one or two that get their nose put out of joint.
‘‘They’ll help you for the first year or two but when you start beating them but on the whole the men are very good and supportive.’’
Taylor took an interest in 2007 when her husband encouraged her.
‘‘I use to go with him and support and I thought why don’t I start and do it myself.’’
New Zealand Ploughing Association Incorporated organised the event.
Competing in a male dominated farming competition doesn’t put Angela Taylor off.