Plougher proves that women can do any­thing

South Waikato News - - Conversations - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

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.

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