Weather extremes at ploughing events

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Ploughmen and women faced two extremes of weather when they competed in ploughing matches in Mid Canterbury at the weekend.
There were excellent conditions on Saturday when the annual Methven match was held at the property of John and Stephanie McKay but those competing in the Rakaia match on Sunday, at Brian Doig’s property, were faced with heavy rain.
The rain continued to fall throughout the match, but cleared almost as soon as competition ended.
Jeff Cridge, of Kirwee, qualified in the Silver Plough class at Rakaia, while Ashley Seaton, also of Kirwee, qualified at Methven.
In the vintage qualifying class, Maurice Millar of Ashburton qualified at Rakaia and Bruce Cameron, of Temuka, qualified at Methven.
Tractor-drawn classes at the Methven match attracted 23 entries, while there were four horse drawn entries.
Methven results were:
Farmlands Fuel reversible & Case IH Silver Plough, Ian Woolley 1, Bob Mehrtens 2, Kelvin Stokes and Ashley Seaton (qualifies) 3 equal.
Mainland Minerals vintage qualifying, Robert Weavers 1, Pearce Watson 2, Gordon Carter 3, Bruce Cameron (qualifies) 4.
Vintage open, Cliff Begg 1, Neville Horn 2, Alan Robertson 3,
Rural News horse plough, John Chynoweth and Sharon Chambers 1, Erin Cassie 2, Colin Drummond 3.
Best crown and best district ploughman, Robert Weavers.
Best finish and best plot on ground, Ian Woolley.
Rakaia results were:
Farmlands Fuel reversible and Case IH Silver Plough,Jeff Cridge 1 (qualifies), Ian Woolley 2, Bob Mehrtens 3.
Vintage qualifying, Bruce Cameron 1, Pearce Watson 2, John Stalker 3, Maurice Millar 4 (qualifies).
Vintage open class, Roger Smith 1, Cliff Begg 2, Neil Ross 3.
Horse ploughing, John Chynoweth 1, Erin Cassie 2, Colin Drummond 3.
Photos: Colin Drummond, of Erewhon Station, drives his sixhorse team at the Methven Ploughing Association annual competitions on Saturday, and Bruce Cameron, of Temuka, tries to keep dry during the Rakaia ploughing match on Sunday.