Kintyre ploughmen’s prize-winning performance
Kinytre’s farmers ploughed up a storm at the Bute vintage ploughing match, winning four firsts and one second. The match at Edinbeg Farm on Saturday September 29 saw Willie Reid, Neil MacPhail, Gavin Reid, Drew McKendrick and Ian McKendrick impress judges Hugh Currie, Mauchline, and Robert McKecknie, Larkhall, with their fine furrows. Willie was awarded the William Somerville Memorial Trophy for best overall ploughman, the Kingarth and Kilchattan Bay Improvements Society Trophy for best work by a general purpose plough over 10 inches with his Ford 4000 and Kvernland plough, and a special prize for the best lot by a mainland competitor. Neil won first for best work with horse-drawn plough, Gavin was first in the general purpose plough 10 inches and under with a Grey-Gold 35 and Ferguson plough, and Drew took the top spot in the general purpose classic with a Universal 550 and Ransome plough. Ian McKendrick came second in the General purpose plough over 10 inches on a Ford 3000 with Ransome TS59J plough. Another notable winner was 18-year-old Iain R. Crawford of Stuck Farm on the Isle of Bute who won the Dumfries Trophy for best work by a member of the host club, the Bute Tools Trophy for best work by a Bute tractor, the Alastair Speirs Memorial Cup for the best work by a juvenile, best lot by a Bute competitor and the best lot by vintage tractor and plough. Following the presentation of awards by Ann Hamilton, a vote of thanks was passed to everyone who had contributed to the success of the day.
J. Somerville, Ann Hamilton, Iain Livingston, Iain F. Crawford, Iain R. Crawford and Willie Reid.
Neil MacPhail the legend, with horses Tommy and Poacher, accompanied by Stephen Jones.
Champion ploughman Willie Reid.