The 72nd Northern Ireland International Ploughing Championships gain took place on the 9th & 10th October 2015 at Balmoral Park.
These championships showcase over 50 qualified competitors from NI and ROI competing in seven different classes: World Style Conventional, World Style Reversible, Vintage Class, Horse Class, Horse Style & Appearance Class, Young Farmers Class & Ladies Class.
The Ploughing Championships is an ideal meeting place for anyone involved in the agricultural industry and their families to see top ploughmen show off their skills for the honour of being crowned a Northern Ireland Champion and representing their country on European and World stages.
In 2014, the event included trade exhibits, Young Farmers Club competitions, plus many attractions for the 1000's of spectators to enjoy. This year, as well as the usual attractions at the NI Ploughing Championships, there was the NI Open Sheep Dog Trials, Threshing and Vintage displays and other demonstrations.
In 2015, the event was extremely successful Northern Ireland Ploughing Association Chairman Wilson Holden says, “We were pleased to host the event at Balmoral Park. This site has the potential to become one of Europe's leading outdoor exhibition centres which will encourage spectators and exhibitors from all over the UK and Ireland. This provided a fantastic opportunity for competitors and exhibitors in what is a showcase for the agricultural industry.”
NIPA have a very successful record with 7 World Ploughing Champions winning the Golden Plough on 10 occasions, 13 podium place positions in the past 14 years and competitors have also taken the European Ploughing Champion title 5 times.
NIPA is the governing body for ploughing in Northern Ireland. There are 21 affiliated ploughing societies across NI with approx 500 members. Ploughing matches run from September to February across the country each year. NIPA successfully hosted the European Reversible Ploughing Championships in Drumahoe in 2012 and World Contest in Ballykelly in 2004.
William King, NIPA President commented, “This year we have built on the success of our first year at Balmoral park, and offer much more to our audience including demonstration ground for exhibitors, allowing them to show off their latest equipment and working vintage displays. Thank you to everyone who attended the event this year.”
Further details about the event are available on the Northern Ireland Ploughing Association Facebook page.
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2015 NIPC NEWS